Leasing is causing lot`s of private land that might have been available to the average guy to be out of play.
Between the loss of habitat and hunting land to both commercial and residential development, and the poor quality of hunts on public land, hunters everywhere had better be concerned with doing something to make more quality land accessible.
Couldn't agree more hunter480,
The lease I now have was previously occupied by "average guys" the problem was that it was suppose to be 1 "average guy", not 5, on 11 acres. The property owner lived out of state and when he found out he revoked their "rights". It was after 4 years of no hunting on that property that he was exploring ways of offsetting the tax burden and he offered it (unsolicited) to me an "average guy". The original "average guy" had a free ride and abused the PRIVELAGE and therefore took the parcel "out of play" for himself without any assistance by others.
Concerning the rest of your quote...I put a high premium on my hunting recreation and therefore have made owning property a priority. I now drive 45 minutes each way to work so I can own my little slice of deer hunting heaven (19 acres). Nobody will be developing that parcel...while I'm alive.
As long as large property owners have the option of offsetting the cost of land ownership through leasing, they will be less inclined to sell or develepe that property. For the average guy that can't afford a large parcel, leasing one is the next best thing. It's just a matter of priorities.