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Old 06-17-2006, 08:16 AM
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Howler
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Default RE: Colorado Private Land Access POLL..

I like the idea, but as I typed in the "comments" section after the poll, in KS. I have witnessed the outfitters following the leasing trail and simply out-bidding the state for the leases. In other words, the state leased land for thier walk-in program, then outfitters simply went to the farmers/ranchers that had leased to the state, and they offered more money. The outfitters let the state find the farmers/ranchers interested in leasing, and took advantage of it. So, for the program to work, the farmers/ranchers need to be payed in such that it's not so easy to be out bid by outfitters!!
Think about it like this, let's say for example that the state leases 640 acres for $3/acre and they post the section as "walk'in" open to any hunter that has proper license to hunt during season. Joe Blow hunter can come and go any time during season and the farmer/rancher has no idea who, how many, when they will be there, who left the gate open, who shot my cow, etc. SO an outfitter comes along and offers the farmer/rancher $4/acre and makes the promise that he will only bring a maximum of x number of hunters and each hunter will be with one of his guides, and they will be sure to close all gates, leave no trash, only kill x amount of game, not harm any domestic animals, etc. etc.
Who will the farmer/rancher lease to?? SO, I guess, how does the state compete? Like I said, I like the idea, BUT I've seen it fail to some degree in my home state!

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