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By far most of the discussion concerning resident and non-resident hunting involves access to land. So in order to solve this problem we need to get more access. About the only way to guarantee access for the general public and for both in and out of state hunters and also respect the rights of the individual landowner is to aquire more land that is similar to PLOTS land , waterfowl production areas etc. Everyone has access to this land, resident or nonresident, the people from Fargo, the Bismarck hunters, the Minot hunters, the ethical hunters, the non ethical hunters, the holier than thou pure hunters. The list goes on and on depending on who does the e-mailing to these talk forums. There are no questions asked and no permission is needed to hunt this land. The only thing preventing this access is the lack of funds. So who should pay for this access? We all should be willing to pay. We should encourage the increase in the habitat fees that we pay when we get our license. Habitat fees do the two things that are most necessary for a successful hunt. First and foremost, they increase the animal populations and secondly they increase the hunting opportunities(access). Charge an extra $10/license for in state hunters and $50/license for out of state hunters(this difference should bring out the e-mail). It doesn't matter if you are a waterfowl hunter, upland game hunter or big game hunter, habitat is the key and we can all do more to promote more habitat. This money should be strictly dedicated to improving habitat and access. I think that when we have some of the best hunting you can find anywhere in the nation and when we look at what we charge in licensing fees we are selling our hunting at fire sale prices every year. I think that if we can guarantee that all the moneys will be spent on improving the service to our customer(the hunters) in the form of improvements in habitat and access they will beg to pay even more (a little humor) in habitat fees. Seriously though, our Game and Fish Dept. would love to help us out but can't do it without our financial support. If we have 30,000 nonresident waterfowl hunters alone and multiply that times $50 that is $1.5 million generated for habitat and $10 times the number of resident deer hunters alone(70,000) is another $700,000 for habitat. This is $2.2 million and does not include any of the other licensed sportsman so I certainly know that I am a little on the conservative side with the dollars generated by this proposal and this should really help to improve number one, habitat and number two, access. If you aren't willing to help out with these two issues then I will be judgmental and say you are not a sportsman and are really in it for selfish reasons. This is fee hunting at it's finest and is just going along with the trend that hunting is going in our great state!!! Bring on the habitat!!