I've been thinking about this recently--reading your posts about your fly in sheep hunts and float trips and the thought occured to me that in many cases the SDA rule is unnecessary:
Now before anyone bursts a vein, here's my reasoning:
1) The original intent of this rule was to prevent hunters from searching for an animal from the air, land close to it and kill it. Essentially using the airplane to unfair advantage.
2) Many if not most hunters do not have access to privately owned airplanes and use air taxi services to fly in.
3) Under the new rules regarding transporters--paying for extra time to "scout enroute" is a thing of the past. Transporters are prohibited from looking for game while hauling clients.
4) Many, if not most, float hunters and sheep/goat hunters move substantially away from the drop off point the same day--often several miles.
Why not allow SDA hunting for hunters using an air service as long as hunters are X miles from the drop off point. I think 3, 4 or 5 miles is about right. Moving this far negates any potential advantage gained on the flight in and it allows hunters to conserve a potentially precious hunting day.
**I suggest limiting this exception to air taxi clients because there are no "scout enroute" restrictions on private pilots.
I welcome your thoughts.