I guess that depends on how many of my Federal Tax dollars go to your State instead of back to my State! This is the United States of America. The Constitution gives us all the right to lawfully move around the country! When we follow the rules/laws of the state we travel to or through we should b treated like the good and welcome guests...just like when you come visit my home.What gives a NR the right to do anything in a other state just because he thinks he spent xyz amount of dollars in another state. That reasoning just kills me.
Its' because you were raised right. The willingness to become your friend should make you feel proud of who you are.My 2 cents worth. Nonresident verses residents. Is that three are good and bad with both the same as everything else in life. The percentage of nonresident offenders could be a little higher, possibly because they figure I'll never be back here again, this state cheated, bad experience of some kind or the other. None of them good excuse but at the time they justify it. I do hunt out of state. And so far my experiences have been pretty good. Yes I do come across those people that are jerks. And honestly most of the time I don't know where they are from. And yes they do put a damper on my day. My out of state story. I started hunting elk out of state when I retired. I mainly hunt solo. My wife and I went to the area that I was going to hunt to scout and look for a camping spot early. We found a spot that we could get our camp trailer into and luckily enough it was still available when we got there. We used this spot for 4 years. There was this group of hunters that would come by quite often in the evening. They were residents and had hunted this same area for 40 plus years their parents and grandparents had hunted this area before them. Every once in a while they would stop and visit. And as the years went by they stopped more often. Finally at the end of the 4th year they stopped and said next year when you come just pull in and camp with us we will make room. Now I wouldn't never impose myself on others and I guess they kinda figured that. Because next year when we were headed back up there to hunt they met us in the road and there was no refusing their hospitality. We've now gotten together and camped together for the last 14 years. When I asked why they included us in their group. They replied that It just made more sense for us to be there instead of them always having to drive up to our camp to visit and besides you never once asked us where to go hunt, the camping spot you picked was often quite junky when you arrived but when you left it was always clean. Made a us feel good that when you try and treat people as you would like to be treated we were granted the best award possible. Friendship. Good luck this hunting season to all. Be safe. And have a good time.
There is much said above that is enlightening and good. The sad thing is I doubt it will change anything in this regard. Here is New Mexico there is much beauty and also poverty and poverty denial. The situation exacerbates the "slob" mentality which also adds gas to the fire of ACCESS in New Mexico. When access revolves around the dollar bill, and we are speaking of the second poorest state in the U.S., you can imagine how emotional this issue is here. I know hunters from other states who have come here, have done their homework, come in good physical condition, and exert effort in their hunting and were quite successful. In three separate incidents these successful hunters were confronted by residents, unwilling to put in the time, research, effort, and the bucks to achieve the same hunting success, but resented other people for doing so.
This situation will never change in New Mexico, nor, lets face it in most western states.
Griz brings up an excellent point. People that live in rural areas do so because doing that is more important to them than making money in a big city - it is a pretty simple concept. That is true in northern MN as well as the mountains of CO. The problem for the locals in CO, however, is the huge influx of people who can either afford a second home or can work remotely. My GC in CO is a member here; he not only built my CO house but also a spec house we sold to couple who, IIRC, live in Ohio but can now live in Crestone CO and work remotely. The stampede is just beginning...The issue is more about competition in the field, and folks that live in an area year round that can't afford to hunt 4 or 5 states and may only get 7-10 days a year to hunt find themselves tripping over hoards of other hunters. Moreover some folks born, raised, and live where tags are limited through a draw and get testy when they don't draw and see NR hunters with a tag in their backyard. The concept of NR hunters being bad stewards is nothing more than gaslighting the larger issue.