I doubt transportation would be considered assisting hunters. The hunters are deciding where they want to be, not the pilot.
And you pay for a taxi. Hence a commercial service on Public Lands. Any commercial activity on public lands needs a permit.Just a taxi ride!
Depends on the agency.Would it be considered "commercial activity" to pay a private helicopter to drop off a private individual or two thou? By definition I would not think so. You would have to wait 24hrs from the time you were dropped off till you hunt by state law.
I have Flown to Idaho to "hunt" with a commercial airlines in the past. Different?And you pay for a taxi. Hence a commercial service on Public Lands. Any commercial activity on public lands needs a permit.
The managing agency needs to manage use to avoid tragedy of the commons or adverse environmental impacts. Plus the owners of the land (us) need their cut for the commercial use of public lands.
Now I'm curious! Seems odd this whole thing...I think that is the determinate, but does a copter really land if they don't touch down? I would say not.