I would favor the three-fives only if the multiple license feature were dropped and one of the threes had to used b/4 pheas opener or after 12/1. Net effect: any nonresident still gets a lot of hunting opportunities for $85; nonresident family of landowners or others with strong ND roots (who we call "favored sons") can hunt 3 of: grouse trip, pheas opener, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, all for one $85 rather than two; we take some pressure off the real hot periods and spread it to the less pressured periods (although in the area I hunt there's not much time anymore where there isn't a fairly high amount of pressure); and we take some pressure off the non-fee ground from a relatively small but greatly affecting percentage of nonresidents who make trip, after trip, after trip each fall and tend to also focus on and compete heavily with residents for the shrinking amount of non-fee ground.
Outfitters have not spoke strongly against a proposal like this in the past becuase their average customer is a one-trip, four-day guy. Hopefully general hospitality would see that days lost from the heavy-use nonresidents will be made up by residents who have given up on some of the better areas.
But a criticism of some resident hunters is somewhat valid here and needs to be considered. The days of section after section of unposted productive ground are gone. If any relief is otained, it will still be important for residents to make the effort to knock on doors and make phone calls. Lots of us already do so, so we know that personal landowner contact isn't a substitute for getting some relief from hunter-days in today's environment, but if we get some relief, to get access you're going to need to ask. Like I said, I think most residents now do ask a lot, but I hear a few that talk about driving around looking for unposted ground. Great if you can find it, but often times a posted sign with a phone number is just as good.
All that said, we'll have to look long and hard whether we try to interject changes into 1358. I think the above changes would turn 1358 from a good bill to a great bill (something there for a lot of different people). But, unless we think it would fly, prudance may dictate that we leave 1358 alone so as not to put the whole enchilada at risk.