You aren’t wrong. Just missing a few steps. Update objectives first, then severely limit bull tags for all and continue to give ample cow permits on PRIVATE. Not hard to fix except when you cut bull permits both sides will kick and scream. Nobody wants the solution to limit hunting pressure, except a few of us maybe.Lots of ground to cover, and I have very little time at the moment. I’ll speak only to Eastern Mt.
Short answer is the elk were “re-introduced” in the 40’s-50’s to the breaks with the agreement that only “x” number elk would be tolerated by the landowners in the area. The landowners saw elk numbers boom, and in the late 80’s early 90’s the breaks were “the go to place”. Easy hunting and access for pretty much all that asked, and tons of public.
Then it changed. Access began tightening up and elk fled to safe zones. Owners of the safe zones look at issue and say, “if it weren’t for us, there’d be no elk”. Hunters cry “hoarders” and so we have the beginning of the rift.
Easy answer is severely limit hunters on public, put perhaps more pressure on private via a PLO(private land only) license. Try it to see if it works, if not scrap it in 2 years.