Originally Posted by buffalorancher
Hunters need to understand that in private land states like Nebraska most outfitting and land leasing isn't what a lot of landowners want. This trend has grown out of the lack of prosperity on the farm or ranch. So, the next time you buy a steak in the grocery store realize that the price you are paying is a lot of the reason for the proliferation of outdoor-whores. This is a trend that society has created not the people you blame.
I wasn't blaming the farmer or rancher for accepting some extra income from a hunting lease or offering a guided hunt, people need to make money. I was however stating that the trend toward guided hunts, private game preserves and the like is destroying our sport and will completely ruin it if we the hunters don't make an effort to do what we can to stop it. For me that means not patronizing outdoor-whores whether they be a guy asking for a couple C-notes for the priveledge of hunting his land, an outfitter or buying "mossy oak" apparel. Game animals are PUBLIC property, and I don't think that people ought to buy or sell them, that was the intent behind our country's game laws. Unfortunately since the money has arrived via the canned hunt, most of the game commisions have been bought by the outfitters and we're seeing a return to laws that support private ownership of game animals. I think that's bad, if you don't that's fine but don't complain when your sons and daughters never get to experience the joy of hunting and fishing because they aren't rich enough to buy the experience. JMO