I guess there is always more than one way to look at an issue.
For example, lets forget that I am a resident of Georgia, and instead imagine that through increasing Government control I now carry a card identifying me as a United States Citizen.
Due to the new changes inacted by the Gov, this card grants me equal rights to all licenses at the same costs of any other citizen on ALL US Forest Service lands, all BLM Lands and any other propertys owned and administered by the avereage US taxpaying citizen. It also requires that any landlocked US property be granted unrestricted access rights by the lawful owners (US Citizens) of said property.
All game on US property is now owned and administered by the Gov.
All game, license allocation and fees, are administered by the State on private property or State owned lands.
In a way the anti nonresident crowd now gets what they want.
And also the average citizen from the east, who pays out of his pocket to maintain these propertys, also gets what they want.
It could happen. Think about it.
I think you guys in the western states have it pretty good just the way it is. Try hunting in states that has no BLM land and little NF land. And what NF there is is totally unregulated as far as numbers of hunters. If you want quality hunting you must pay for it in leases and often the rich Nonresidents can afford the best leases and the working class locals get the pickins.
It seems to me there is a silent majority out there that collectively pays out a lot more than the sum of state license fees for the benefit of a few state residents.
If the silent majority ever gets ticked off and becomes the Vocal Majority, then things will change.
For somebody, the change will not be for the best.