In June, we reported on the preliminary numbers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Survey's five-year study of outdoor recreation (see here). Now with the final numbers out and revealing a 10 percent decrease in hunters and a 13 percent increase in wildlife watchers, an old question is being raised again. From The Chattanoogan:
_Nearly every state wildlife agency . . . is funded primarily by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. . . .
It's just not fair that [sportsmen] continue to shoulder the burden alone.
If I want to go hunting on a wildlife management area . . . I must buy a special permit.