Originally Posted by Broz
I understand but you did realize the funding from habitat was only for 2 years didn't you? Just pointing this out as I felt it is important. So when we talk about the future of a long term program I didn't feel 2 years was that long. And I am sure Kelly Flynn has done some budgeting, I feel he is doing a pretty good job for us. I am sure you will be able to find many articles where most of the Dem's are against anything the Rep's come up with. The Dem's are the ones pushing for the taking of private property without just compensation. Much like many of us believe will happen with our guns. I say we keep and protect our constitution, our guns and choice of religion just the way it has been for years.
So, we know the FWP is low on funds. I feel this is greatly the result of the big HB161 that was going to give so much to block management and open up so many acres to hunt. But it has gone the opposite direction. Maybe they need to overturn that bill and put non res tag prices back to where they were?
I am being serious when I ask you where you would get the funds to start repair of the locked up land problem?
Or are we just back to the "we have no money and this needs fixed so lets just take the private property owners land and use it even if they object, we can just pass HB235 and make trespassing a noncriminal act?"
Jeff, maybe I'm missing something but if there were land swaps and sales and purchases, it should all work out fairly even $$$ wise, shouldn't it?
And I agree that 25% for 2 years shouldn't be that big of deal. That said, I think access via BM land is the least desirable solution because cooperation is voluntary on the part of the land owner who could decide not to participate and we are back to square one.
I think the best solutions are sales and purchase exchanges, swaps, and permanent easement purchases.
Also, I know a few sections of state land that are not good for hunting because they are grain fields, etc., and hold no meaningful game. IMO, the landowner/lessee should be required to purchase those sections as he is the only one who uses and benefits from them. The money from these sales could be used to purchase other lands that offer quality hunting and game habitat.
Just some thoughts.