I believe the rub is putting your money where your mouth is, can’t remember seeing the Wilkes bros calling themselves modern day Teddy Roosevelt’s."These ranches often limit access to public lands as well, in order to create larger private hunting grounds for the owners or lessees, in essence subsidizing their ranch operations (socialism!) or to increase their own recreational opportunities."
I don't think that fits the definition of socialism. He is using a private entity to pay his bills and leveraging a public resource. So does everyone who utilizes a public resource. Ha! Kinda funny that I am even arguing this side as I am a huge public land proponent!
If it was already locked up...I don't quite get the rub. Believe me, I am all about public lands, but a individual buying a private property and keeping access the same happens all the time. Does it suck because of how it is playing out in this area? Sure, absolutely we would all love to see access. But I don't think you can blame a guy for buying a ranch and keeping it private. Otherwise, you have to blame all of the private landowner who do that who do not allow access to public land beyond their property. I for one would love to see a solution to this by the way.
I'm not condemning them either. Their land, their right. However, I honestly could care less if a locked up private ranch is owned by a hunter or not. The public receives no benefit, regardless.I understand the frustration of the few rich folks locking huge tracks of land. But I wont condemn them as the enemy either.