Nonresident hunters unquestionably help local economies. But some South Carolina resident sportsmen complain that out-of-staters are putting the price of hunting access out of reach. This from the Associated Press:
_. . . . resident hunters say the influx of out-of-staters is driving up the cost of leasing land to hunt on for “people who have been leasing hunting land for generations,” said Mickey Herring of Columbia. “A lot of people from Florida come up here and offer two or three times the money and take property out from under them.
It also drives up the cost of joining hunt clubs. The cheaper ones are $700 a year with high-end clubs having dues in the thousands.
“We’re just average working people,” said Doug Richbourg of West Columbia. “We don’t make the kinds of money they do. We can’t compete with them for land.”_
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