In many areas of the country, fish and wildlife agencies have a problem. Their costs are going up but the number of people buying hunting and fishing licenses (which essentially pay the agencies’ bills) isn’t. South Carolina’s answer, according to this Island Packet story, is to urge hikers, bikers, and birdwatchers to buy hunting and fishing licenses. After all, they argue, nature lovers of all sorts visit and enjoy state lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources, so they should help pay for it.
To which we say: Good luck with that.