I think the state is in better shape than the Feds on the financial side. We have so many wildlife management areas to maintain though. I think ldwf does its part for us hunters. Federal wildlife refuge funding is just being cut, cut and cut though. Its really sickening at the lack of awareness out there. Basically funding for maintenance, new projects and upkeep gets allocated through their employees. So much per employee. As employees gets cut, so goes the funding. In the SWLA complex they are basically laying off and not rehiring retirement positions. Like Meyer at Lacassine. Have they replaced him? It's interesting spending some time with the volunteer's of the refuge group every month. We try to find ways to fund improvements on Lacassine, Sabine, and Cameron Prairie, where I might wager produce more ducks on a per acre basis than any state wildlife refuge. The tough part about funding for refuges is most Fed Grants can't be used for Fed refuges, only special ones. This is one of the few situations where DU gets a thumbs up for me, because I know that DU has actually done some work and built some of the improvements on the SWLA complex. I hope we can keep our Federal refuges afloat in the future. Cajunduckman (member on this duck site) has been with the friends of the refuge for a long time. Wrote the Grant to eradicate the hogs form Sabine... Kudos Tim. Keep up the good work. If anyone is interested in spending time volunteering with the friends group P.M. me. The refuges need help!