How Hunting Preserves Work

Hunting Preserves and Game Privatization

Privatization. We're used to it in health care, but it's not just about hospitals. Even hunters fa­ce the crunch of private ownership of lands and game.

­In 2001, more than half of the people hunting in the U.S. did so on private land. According to Jay Strangis, editor of Peterson's BowHunting magazine, this may be the only future for hunters, as private land becomes the only means for the sport [source: Strangis].

At the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Wisconsin, only 2,400 (971.2 hectares) of the of the Meadows' 30,000 acres (12,140.6 hectares) is closed to hunters. With campsites, wildlife classes and other recreation, this example of privatization comes at a minimal price. As with many other state lands, a park sticker is required to access the lands. Prices range from $5 for a one-hour pass to $35 for an annual out-of-state permit. For other lands, like those set up exclusively for hunting or privately owned family farms, making the decision to charge a fee for a guide serve can be troubling.

If privatization is one "affliction" of the sport, what others exist? Read on to learn about disease on hunting preserves.