This seems like a HUGE generalization of private land vs. public land hunters. I have hunted both over the years, as well as several of my friends and family. Regardless of where they were hunting they had the same amount of time invested in hunting.Public land habitat improvement should be the first priority.
Being a Public land hunter, APRs just do not seem right. Probably 80% of the people that purchase a license to hunt are only going to be in the woods hunting for 5 days or less. Many of these people (including myself) are busy trying to manage marriages, heavy work schedules, and children. Managing deer is not the priority! With the onset of QDM and the sprouting of local CO-OPS throughout the state, many of the private landowners that want APRS already have them. These are done on a voluntary basis and if you ask those landowners, these (APRs) are successful. The advantage that the landowners have is the ability to improve their land by putting much resource (time/money/education) into the habitat of said piece of property. Many if not all of these upgrades include attractants such as food and cover. So for the private landowner APRs do not mean as much because they are now attracting the deer and can be very selective with what they choose to harvest. Now Joe public does not have that option as he may take a week off or 2 days to try to get his/her deer. To further restrict what Joe public can harvest will most likely drive him away from the sport all together. Public land hunting is challenging enough, dont make it outright impossible to enjoy as more and more deer are being pulled from the public lands to the private sanctuarys these people are creating.
Moving to statewide APR is widening the gap between the haves and the have nots.
Read some of the posts from many of the APR supporters (QDM Forums) and you will see that while many are informative, many are ripe with arrogance.
I just got done hunting Missouri's public land and a chunk of private land......there was absolutley no difference between the two when it came to the quantity and quality of deer we seen.