This sounds like a fund conversation. I read a petition about some guy owning 200 acres who was upset that Kentucky outfitters (outfitters across the nation really) lease land and “re-sell” it for deer hunting to their clients. He was mad that they are shooting a lot of the good bucks leaving the local property owners with few trophies to shoot. Does he make a valid point? Another good resource would be found at: Kentucky whitetail outfitters .
This person seemed upset that the 80 year old widow (just an example) neighbor was getting $4,000 from an outfitter for her own 200 acres and that Kentucky hunting outfitter was selling hunts let’s say for $15,000 in total off that land; limiting his chances for him his kids, friends and relatives to essentially shoot bucks that would live or pass through the 80 year old ladies property. In fact, he owned the 200 acres and wanted to continue to take advantage of the fact that the 80 year old lady was not harvesting or making any sort of profit or enjoyment off of her land while she struggled to pay for property taxes and groceries.
EASY SOLUTION: Since that mad man pays $20,000 per year for her mortgage, bait, taxes, etc. just to hunt that 200 acres, then maybe he should give that 80 year old lady $20,000 for rights to hunt her land too? That’s what it’s worth right? This is started to sound like China with people wanting to dictate what others do with their property.
The reality is even Kentucky turkey hunts require advertisements, spend time and accumulate clients. It’s just like the real estate business. Of that $15,000 that outfitter extracts from out of state hunters, they bring in $270 extra for out-of-state licenses, buy food, ammo, motels, fuel, etc. Of that $15,000 the Kentucky outfitter spends money on corn, cameras, camera time and research, advertising, equipment, stands, fuel, labor of other employess, seed, fertilizer, etc. + gives the 80 year old lady $4,000. So the upset property owner is essentially just mad he, his dad, his grandad, kids, family members and friends have enjoyed great hunting for 75 years on the backs of all his neighbors. For if his neighbors hunted “spikes”, young bucks and does as much as his family did, the trophy deer population would be down to Florida levels.
Everyone has an agenda. I think we can all agree to that. Whatever is best for them tends to be the primary interest. I personally think Kentucky Outfitters average working for about 20 cents per hours they work. The re-distribute a lot of wealth to property owners who aren’t utilizing the value of the property and also hold hunters to a higher standard usually well above “local hunters” requirements for deer. I’d be suprised if more than 2 Kentucky outfitters make enough money to maintain a family. I’d also bet that unless any of these people inherited land or had a good job prior to being a Kentucky outfitter or offering some type of professional guide service, they would be better off collecting a welfare check! People work the land and manage deer out of passion not for money.