Originally Posted by Broz
I see your point. But we shouldn't forget who feeds those animals year round. The reason the game is there is because there is feed.
I know guys who loose 60 thousand dollars worth of hay a year to elk and deer not to mention the lose of grazing on fields!!
I think it all boils down to equal access to public ground for every user, whether it be the hunter or rancher running cattle. Most of the places I've hunted the bottom private ground has always been locked, no big deal because there has always been roads or ways to access the public ground that were used by everyone.
I know one ranch that FWP has begged to land trade or some other solution but there is no way they will because it allows the public to access what has become their personal play ground.
I do think that the average hunter has degraded in their respect for private ground, I've fixed the fences and filled in the wheel ruts, sprayed the weeds and picked up the beer cans from some of the idiots that we see. I wouldn't want any of them near my ground, make for a hard deal for everyone, especially those of use who believe in strong property rights yet like to have access to public lands!