Well put! My view is our Virginia department probably recognizes its coming irrelevance for anything other than setting the number of days we can shoot either sex and where. I don't know. Maybe that's enough. Or, admittedly, I might be totally wrong. I don't have the science!
My fear about the move to buying recreational land for hunting purposes (nearly achieved here in Virginia) is the loss of hunters voices in the conversation, whatever impact it may have. Does hunting (or has it already) become an elitist sport where only a select few get to participate? I guess I'm OK with it, but I'm not sure I understand the impacts.
Hunting license sales are dropping nationwide - for a variety of reasons - including lack of hunting land access that is not too far or too expensive. I think there are a lot of other reasons, also.