OTHER USES IN THE NATIONAL FOREST vs RECREATIONAL SHOOTING
Almost all other uses in the national forest either require a fee or are self-policing.
Hunting and Fishing: Sportsmen are required to pay a fee in order to hunt or fish in the national forest. They are highly regulated as to how, when, and where they can hunt and fish. The dollars collected for licenses are used for wildlife management and habitat improvement. Volunteer groups like trout unlimited create new sportsman opportunities as well as improving habitats. A portion of every license is used to support local emergency services.
OHV’s: The license fee for off road trail riding is used to build and maintain the hundreds of miles of OHV trails
Mountain Biking: The mountain biking community consists of volunteers that build and maintain their single track trails. They self police and guilt to death anyone that violates mountain biking etiquette.
Hiking: Many of the trails are built and maintained by volunteer groups. Hikers self police to keep trails clean of trash.
Target shooting: No fees to offset the impact of target shooting. No organized volunteer groups to maintain or cleanup shooting areas.