Funding Reform is the priority for better balanced game agencies.
As traditional interest in hunting is edged out by technology and ‘virtual’ pursuits, many states are facing crises of funding. They are increasingly looking at how to secure the contributions of a broader range of citizens than just those who conserve for the opportunity to hunt animals. This is a very positive step forward and one that will require identification of complex issues and established State/consumptive user relationships. This article illustrates the extent to which hunters willingly contribute towards their recreation. Many hunting groups are reluctant to share the interests of all the public in the management of wildlife. The system has worked well so far-for THEM. The challenge will come from the states and traditional users who would rather not see the Public Trust Doctrine extended to the entire public. Funding is the excuse for exclusiveness and also the solution for better balanced representation.