Is it still mostly just a bunch of good ole boys staking a claim to the land and the landowner claiming a tax break or has the increased visibility of the program opened things up a little?
FCL/ managed forest hunts?
I did get the run around in the past from some people but now with smart phones I can have the rules any time I need them. If you know you are right, its amazing what happens when you say you will have to talk to the forester to see if they are violating their agreement.
There are many old open MFL parcels that are landlocked, which is incredible to me that they are allowed to enroll in the program. Landlocked parcels should automatically be disqualified from getting the low tax rate open MFL provides, since the land is essentially closed.
The entire MFL system is a complete joke. Lots of timberland has been bought by wealthy landowners in my area from logging companies which were previously enrolled in the open program, and parceled into every family member they can find to literally enroll square miles into closed lands. These people are millionaires, and have taken advantage (in my opinion) of the system to have the public pay a considerable portion of their property taxes to help fund their deer ranch. Sickening.
My friend's land is easily accessible, though you do have to walk through some woods to get to the open woods. In my friend's case, the hunters feel they can just drive or walk through the fields to get to the open land.
I will reiterate that he has no problem with the hunters that follow the rules. The problems makers have been from other states, claim to be unable to communicate or have been extremely rude.
I would not be surprised if MFL is a thing of the past in the near future, whether it is open or closed.
I have killed most of my deer in recent years on MFL land.