Ohio farms wrote:JPH, why so adamantly against reciprocity?
Purely selfish reasons.
Our Missouri lot is 75 miles from our home in Iowa. It is 5 miles south of the border. Due to my employment, I must maintain Iowa residency until I retire. Right now I pay $225 per tag as a non-resident for every season I hunt (spring turkey, archery deer and rifle deer). It is expensive, but at least it is over the counter.
If Missouri established reciprocity, I would be forced to apply for all my tags around the first of the year with money up front. I do not know the exact cost but I believe it is about $400 per tag. I would then have to wait months to find out if I had in fact drawn any tags in the lottery. I would be refunded all but $50 (I think) of my fee for each of the applications that did not get drawn.
Furthermore, the tags that I purchase every year in Missouri are pretty generous as far as bag limits. Spring turkey allows two bearded birds. Archery allows one antlerless deer, one antlered deer, and two any sex turkeys (which I never hunt in the fall). Rifle allows on any sex deer with $20 over the counter doe tags after that. Reciprocity would reduce my bag limits as a non-resident to one animal per season if I'm lucky (although I'm not sure about Iowa's allowance for non-res antlerless tags).
It would be a nightmare for me. I'd have three choices: become a poacher, sell the property, or turn it into a private campground and wildlife sanctuary.