Agreed. One thing that drew me too lakers was their mysterious nature and the places they live. Kind of a sacred type of fish.
I also agree the DNR will basically ignore any additional specialized management until an organized group starts advocating for lakers. There just hasn't been a large enough following up till the past few years like you mentioned.
So, what's next? It seems like laker fans are here to stay.
That's what I have been reading after more research I will probably replace my thermal with one when the time comes but for now I am looking for a smaller lighter house I can use when by myself. Better than canvas craft is saying something!