Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Subsidies lead to less hunting

Why is the Vermont outdoorsman doomed to lose the land to hunt, fish, trap and shoot? 
Taxpayers contribute tax money that funds agricultural land management programs for farms but no public access. It seems more balance is needed. Tax breaks, migrant workers, pollution, wetlands destruction and soil degradation all lead to more government dollars spent. With that said, I feel any farmland enrolled in government programs should allow public walk-on access to preserve our hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting heritage. 
This growing issue will be the end of an era in Vermont. 
These are the thoughts of many distraught sportsmen and women who have no place to pursue their lifelong passions this fall.
Ken Clark
The fading Vermont sportsman
Middlebury

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