I live in NW Florida and originally started deer hunting solely in Alabama because I had access to private land there. Slowly over the years the non-resident license has gone from $225 to $275 and it is the reason I have started to look at hunting options in Florida even though I know the deer here are not near as large as those two hours North in Alabama. I'll also be forced to hunting public land vs private land in Alabama. Rumor is this year the non-resident Alabama license could go to $300 or more and that is making it tougher and tougher to justify hunting there.
I personally do not agree with out of state tag prices when you consider how much money a hunter spends in that state on land, gas, food, hunting supplies and taxes on all those items. I believe there should be better pricing on non-resident licenses for states that border one another, whatever happened to good neighbors? In the area where I hunt there are a lot of out of state leases and the communities benefit from the influx of hunters all year long. I think these communities will lose out if the states keeping raising the non-resident licenses. I just hope the day never comes where prices increase so much that I can't hunt in my neighboring state.