Until a few years ago I felt this way, then I decided alot of our public grounds is paid for from all sorts of revenue streams and everyone should have the chance to use it when they wish.
Lot of people run field trial dogs off horseback, they do it at central ky wma between Richmond and Berea all the time. Those guys money went towards it. Granted whoever was turkey Huntin in op was interrupted by pleasure riders and not field trial dogs. But what of those riders was riding to do some scouting for deer hunting of horseback? I have scouted all my life off horseback.
Not that I have anything against horse riders but show me one KDF&W owned WMA that was paid for by horse money .
I'll even help you out ... You won't. They were paid for and maintained by sportsmen dollars ... period .
It was suggested a few years ago by the LKS that a user permit should be implemented for those that use the land ... horse riding , bird watching, biking, hiking , ect. Other words those that may not financially support KDF&W through license sales. But as far as I know it never materialized .
Instead it was more or less mandated by the governor as the KDF&W falls under the tourism cabinet . But again no general fund tax dollars were used to purchase the land originally .
Basically their getting a free ride on land bought by the hunters , fishermen & boaters of Ky.
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If my tax dollars help keep the Kentucky Horse Park afloat, then do I get to go hunting on their hundreds or thousands of acres? I would guess that I would not. Horseback riding and hunting are not necessarily complimentary activities on the same grounds.
WMA's are for hunting, paid for by hunters. Beshear's a jerk and needs a swift kick in the nether region.