What is needed are solid plans to put these agencies back on firm financial footing. This month, Field & Stream looks at a pair of states-Missouri and Arkansas-that have done just that, as well as a federal proposal known as the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA). The Missouri model, which Arkansas recently adopted, works because it employs a statewide tax that everyone-not just hunters and fishermen-pays. It is a system that shares the load because, ultimately, everyone benefits from healthy and properly managed fish and game populations. If, as recent studies (like the one prepared by Roper Starch for the Recreation Roundtable) seem to show, most Americans believe access to open space, fish, and wildlife is a major consideration in measuring quality of life, then more Americans should pay for it.