There’s a good chance you have participated in this program without even knowing it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has distributed federal funds, some $50 million, to states that develop hunting-access programs on participating private land. In South Dakota, pheasant hunters who access ground enrolled in the state’s Walk-In Area program are benefitting from Open Fields funding. Same with California’s SHARE (Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement—see what I mean about clunky names?). And in Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the program has paid landowners to open their gates to dove and deer hunters and small-stream anglers.