Deebz wrote: I suppose their system works for them though. I do hear a lot about Iowa and their giants...
Take the hype with a grain of salt. Yes, Iowa has some fantastic deer hunting but it is a large state. Much of Iowa holds average deer hunting at best. If you could look at the areas where they are producing the hunting shows, it is actually a narrow band of counties that runs down the Mississippi river and then across the two southernmost tiers of counties, with a few scattered exceptions here and there.
The reason non-resident landowners have to draw to hunt their own land is not because it works, it is because they have no political voice within the state. It is the same everywhere I've looked at it. Non-resident landowners are an easy target for the states. They have to pay their property taxes and they have to pay the high fees and they cannot say boo about it. The legislators get to look good in front of their local constituents who are upset about "encroachment" by outsiders and the money keeps rolling in.
I guess Iowa's system works in my favor, because I am a resident here, but I still think it is wrong. The free landowner tags in Iowa are obviously restricted to the parcel they were issued for. I see no reason a property tax paying landowner from another state should not be able to at least purchase the same type of tag.