I can not help but give a chuckle whenever I hear a conversation on this topic. Most of the time it starts with a farmer complaining about how much of his crops he loses to the deer herd, then later when asked permission to hunt, permission is denied becasue he has already leased the land out to a small group of hunters at best, only interested in shooting bucks and not controlling the herd. This is a common scenario that involves a lot of land around Iowa. I can not hold anything against those that want to have a place to hunt in this state, it has been know for producing some of the most impressive deer in the country. The problem is that it gets worse every year. In the last three years alone the group that I hunt with in Southern Iowa has lost access to almost 1000 acres because someone offered to pay for privlidges to the ground. The southern most 2-3 tiers of counties in Iowa offer between 2 and 3000 antlerless tags per county per year. The number of tags offered is based on herd population, and is adjusted annually based on previous years harvests and aerial surveys. There have not been many counties that have seen a reduction in available tags in recent years, atleast in the southern and far eastern parts of the states and infact the number seems to keep creeping higher. These parts of the state are also some of the most sought after parcels to lease.
I hold nothing against those that are willing to pay to hunt, I do however have a hard time listening to the farmers complain time and time again about the problems only to make things worse by not leasing the ground by season (bow, shotgun etc) or include stipulations that leasee needs to harvest a number of antlerless deer or they risk not getting the lease in years to come. I am sure that people that would have no issues with that for the chance to take the buck they have always dreamed of, at least I know I wouldn't. Who doesn't need some meat in the freezer!
This does not apply to all farmers, I know a few who do not refuse any group that asks in advance of the season and will tell them, "If you don't shoot enough of them this year, I will make you come back next year to finish the job". Sounds a little crude, but those with that attitude also know that if they do not allow people to hunt, then their crops will continue to take a hit.