in 1987 I had retired to Utah and my brother who lived in Somerset, VT died, he left me his place in Vermont. Long sotry short Bennington County and in the Conn. Valley are the only places Geese are found there in huntable numbers at all, for 16 years I have watched folks pay their lease fees so that 40 different hunters can all mob the same 1200 acres each season. "Clubs" and Leases are common in that southwestern part of Vermont, gun clubs that simply wanted members now vote on whether a person can join or not.
My hunting buddy there explains that this is the way it is done in the cities to the south, CT, NY, NJ, MA, he grew up paying to hunt, trying to get in good with someone that would get him in a private club, this is simply the world they live in and when they come to the country they bring their ways with them.
That is NOT a judgement, it is an observation.
Anywhere you have an influx of people that grow up in a society that money greases the wheels and makes all things possible you are going to have leasing and gun clubs.
The simple math is how many city folks are having kids that move to the country versus how many hillbillys like us are having kids who can hang onto the old ways?
Three pieces of land that I had hunted back in the 70's with my brother are now Clubs, long lists to join, and pretty stiff yearly dues, even longer lists of what is allowed, what size deer you can shoot, who can hunt when and where, etc etc.
I'm an old man, surprised that I may see another season, but you young folks need to make sure the Gov't ( much as I hate to say it) keeps buying and expanding public lands, Half the land the Nature Conservancy buys they shut down to hunting, DU gets into property deals but doesn't make sure we can hunt it, the National Forest Folks have already caved into pressure from antis to stop logging land that really needs to be cut back, if you want to hunt when you are my age, and want your kids to hunt, you msut make sure public lands are available for them to hunt on.
Or hit the lottery so they can maybe get on a waiting list to join a club.
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