I began to write below my thought on hunting leases and non-resident hunters, but I got tired of trying to be political while writing it. So I have left what I had already typed before I gave up and wrote this. what I was trying to say is that if things keep going the way they are now, there may be 85,000 deer killed in illinois but none from an Illinois resident, and the processors would be out of business becuase they didn't want the meat just the trophy
I've experienced out-of-state hunters/hunting leases for several years now. When the first lease in the area came about, my first thoughts were that this was bull****, but not much more than that, because I was fortunaute enough to own 140+ acres to hunt on. Although this lease took approximately 800 acres away from locals that had hunted this ground all of there lives. Granted they did not own it but non-the-less they were no longer able to hunt and had to seek out permission to hunt new areas.
In the following years, more ground in the area was leased up, bringing more out of staters and pushing the locals into seeking new locations that are becoming fewer and fewer with more people hunting.
Thus, as there once was a time when in any particular woods you knew who hunted there year to year and didn't bother seeking permission to hunt there. This is no longer the case. Locals are being pushed from the age-old hunting grounds forced to find new ones in ever decreasing acres. Which in-turn, turns into problems.
Many of the people, including myself have had incidences where the out-of-staters have "thought or were told" that a particular piece of property was part of the lease that was not........more later