- Feb 21, 2016
Obviously the opportunity cut to the limited entry elk by 50% is a huge concern but you left that out.Lets really look at that "short end of the stick" you and a lot of others are claiming you're going to get.
NR's will STILL receive 7,250 full price elk tags in the initial draw. Total "lose" of full price elk tags in the initial draw...ZERO
NR's will STILL receive 100% of the allocation of NR deer licenses for every region wide tag in the State of Wyoming, including regions G and H where the absolute best deer hunting in the state exists. "loss" of absolutely not a single region wide deer tag. Yeah, NR's will lose 10% of limited quota deer licenses, that a vast majority are not even as good of hunting as G and H.
NR's will still receive over 50% of the pronghorn tags in Wyoming that they currently get. Sure, it may take a few more years to draw the best areas that will "lose" 10% of the tags. But, residents like me that apply for 3 choices, always get a tag somewhere. That will free up a tag in a mid-tier unit for a NR that I would normally draw in a mid-tier unit. I feel that living in Wyoming, suffering through the chit winters, attending meetings, advocating for wildlife and watching pronghorn huddled up beside a snow-fence "getting out" of 65 MPH winds in the dead of winter sort of entitles me to more opportunity at the best tags here. So, no "loss" of opportunity, NR's already get over 50% of the pronghorn tags...why the bitching about being limited to 10% in the initial draw?
Sheep, moose, goat, and bison...yep, NR's are going to lose a small handful of tags for those species. Well, tough...I'm limited to 10% or LESS of those tags in every single state I apply for outside of Wyoming as a NR. Further, in 1978 Wyoming was issuing 500 NR moose permits and 1,500 to residents...that's more than they issue total to NR and R combined NOW. Meaning Resident opportunity at moose licenses has cratered by 1,200+ tags per year. Sheep tags going to Residents has declined by over 150 licenses since 1978. Tell me in any way, shape or form, why when Residents have suffered a loss of 1,200 moose permits and over 150 sheep permits, you feel that Residents shouldn't be currently getting 90% of the available tags for those species? Goat and Bison should also be 90-10 split as well....we don't have many of either and 90/10 would be no different than what other States issue to NR's. Plus, the argument of "creating public land advocates" does not apply to MSGB tags...those are specialty tags and you don't create or introduce new hunters to the sport with those species.
So, what it all boils down to is a small number of sheep, moose, goat and bison tags...6% less limited quota elk tags, and a handful of LQ deer tags in areas not as good as the deer hunting in G and H, and 10% of the better pronghorn areas (but NR's still getting over 50% of the total pronghorn tags).
Just to make sure I cover the whole thing...and a 1/10th of 1% fee increase over the cost to hunt as a NR in 1979 when comparing NR license fees to median household income in 1979 to 2021.
Sounds like a lot of crying over not much to me...