There is a principle in micro economics... which I can't remember right now. That states something to the effect of; the top 20% of users of a product are responsible for 70% of total sales. So your bottom users is buy a car/bike/wine/guns/comic books/etc once in a while, but your power users are buying a ridiculous amount. Think Jerry Seinfeld and cars, your average american spends probably 100-200k on cars in their lifetime... he probably has spent north of 200 million.This to me really illustrates the hunter recruitment conundrum. I’d bet most folks that have historically bought hunting licenses only hunt(ed) their own state. Yet on here, singular dudes are hunting a bagillion states. Combine that with loss of access and no wonder the woods appear more crowded than ever.
People who join hunting forums are probably in the top 1% of hunting license users. So essentially you are seeing an incredibly distorted view of normal hunting license buying patterns.
Hell I bet 99% of the residents hunters in the state of Montana don't know that nonresidents have to draw a tag.