Chip, That statement says a lot! We all love the time spent with family and buddies, but in the end if I don't see any birds to shoot, I am going somehwere else. i don't have to kill a limit everyday, but I want to see birds when I am hunting and not just behind no trespassing signs.My group of 14 (including the kids) are commited to our annual trip to Sd. All of you resident hunters will be proud to learn that after 25 consecutive years of our family trip this will be our last. When you add the cost of a license and the $25 whatever stamp brings it to $154. The trespass fee are going up as well. My group can fly to Texas on a great duck hunt for less money. South Dakota cost for a 3 day hunt is crazy for the the average working man. We won't stop our annual family hunting trip just not in SD
for me, it's not the $25; I buy 4 licenses in SD annually...over $500. It's a bit disingenuous the way GFP is going about their "business"...and I wish they weren't approaching this as business. If your coffers are not full enough, just say it. Raise prices on the license if you have to. Calling it a "habitat stamp" is fine, but they're invoking the most sacred of things to a pheasant hunter--habitat--which they may assume will minimize the opposition. Terminating the brood survey at the same time you're preaching about the importance of habitat aren't necessarily opposing philosophies, but kinda...the brood survey kinda confirms what the habitat produces...dropping the survey suggests they may fear what it would uncover...fewer birds, perhaps? That survey, in good years, was the best 700k they could spend from a marketing perspective. Bottom line, I get enough BS from corporate america, trying to trick me, trying to sell me, trying to get me to part with my $. I don't want to have to question what GFP tells me the way I may scrutinize what my bank is telling me, my phone provider is telling me, what my health insurer or car insurer is telling me...I expect every company I deal with to try and confuse/obfuscate, in order to get into my wallet...I would like the wildlife biologists not have to team up with MBA's when they write their reports!!!!