Open Fields was finally funded on the Federal level, providing states without PLOTS type program (private land open to sportsmen) a financial injection to provide public hunting access. And before critics take pot-shots understand the heritage of hunting in our nation, along with the economic boost of PUBLIC hunting access. Yes people love to point towards $$$$ as the driving force as to what is good or what is not good. I don’t fall into that…but that’s another story…here’s proof of the economic benefit of PUBLIC hunting access in South Dakota
PIERRE – A state program that leases private land and opens it to public hunting helped boost South Dakota’s economy by at least $15 million last year, according to a study by the state Game, Fish and Parks Department.