actually, the leasing of hunting rights is a fairly recent phenomenum, inside of 20 years.i have hunted 50+ years and as far back as I can remember it was hunting by permission soon followed by no hunting allowed at all because of slob hunters. then when agriculture prices went into the tank in the mid 80s farmers/ranchers realized more income could be realized by leasing yearly hunting access than could be achieved by farming activities. hunters were desparate to get hunting access that they began to pay high dollars to get exclusive hunting rights. the land owner got extra income and was able to control who was on his property easier. Montanans may think these Big game leasing costs are high, you have no clue what a prime Midwestern, mid south waterfowl hunting lease costs. that has been the norm for 50years or more
it is the "public" that has caused the landowner to close off his property. trespassing, litter, damaged fences, and utter disregard for the landowner privacy and security. its relative new since in my lifetime about 20 years ago. before then a simple talk to the landowner BEFORE hunting season was all he needed to grant permission... the same for even simple things like fishing or morel hunting. because of "slob" outdoors people----hunters and fishers, and yes even hikers believing that the "landowner" owes them access now we have this problem to which this article was written. because of a few the majority pays the price for bad behavior. I don't blame the landowner. its the disrespect for the land, disrespect for the landowner that the slobs have ruined what was a good thing for the general PUBLIC.
ethical hunters share your disgust with this episode of SLOB HUNTING. it is not indicative to the majority of the hunting public. one of the answers to this problem is indeed, opening up more hunting access on private land. finding a place to hunt is the biggest problem facing hunting today. too often access to public lands is through private land corridors. and these corridors are becoming more scarce. non hunting landowners close off these accesses, sometimes legally sometimes illegally. the SLOB hunter then becomes the "road hunter". the slob hunter will never be eradicated, but the effects of massive groups of game herded up by vehicles will be drastically curtailed as they will keep dispersed about in public and private hunting areas.
i seriously doubt the present tracks will carry that much additionaltraffic. as it is now the pull overs are always full it seems from clinton to zootown. you cant stuff 3 pounds of poop in a 1 pound bucket.
i dont seem to follow the logic. if coal dust is present when a train is merely idling thru Missoula why hasnt it blown off when the train is doing 50 MPH thru Clinton? but yet im only 60 yards from the tracks . why isnt my car covered everyday?i never see dust not tailing anywhere around my house. is this a scientific anomaly that only manifests itself in Progressive neighborhoods and not in the open country?
free speech is only for what you like i take it?
as a citizen of the USA i have the right to listen or NOT listen to any show. i'm very adept at changing stations when i don't like something. maybe the letter writer doesnt know how to change the station??? hmmmm...personallly i dont care for the windbag but i dont pretend to be so self righteous that i try to force my views on anyone else.
i will believe a corporation is a "person" when Texas executes one.
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