The fight over privatizing public waters In America is fundamental to every hunter and fisherman. Editor of Field& Stream Collin Kearns, weighs in on the fight for public water. From a conservation standpoint, Field& Stream has been doing a lot of work on whether or not public waters should be transferred from the federal government to the states. We are very much opposed to them being transferred to the states for a variety of reasons Lost in all of this is the lack of access to public waters. It is a big topic all over the country.