With that said, Wyo outfitters are trying to do this same thing in Wyo. Hunters that sign an outfitter agreement prior to the draw would be eligible for tags prior to the Wyo elk, deer, and antelope draw. Every tag issued to outfitters is obviously 1 less tag available in the public draw.
If you are a nonres that enjoys hunting DIY/OYO in Wyoming I would highly recommend offering comments in regard to your dissatisfaction of Wyo offering any type of tags in any form to outfitters. Allow hunters to draw tags in the public drawing. Once tags are drawn hunters can decide whether they want to hire an outfitter or hunt on their own.
Nonres hunters across the country have devoted years and years to applying for Wyo deer, elk, and antelope and paid stiff pref pts fees. I encourage all of you to offer comments.
The Wyoming Task Force is taking comments for the next meeting with an April 21 deadline. Here is a link
Comment #3: The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce is considering a recommendation that would change the nonresident elk allocation. The 7,250 cap on full?price licenses issued in the nonresident drawing would be removed. Nonresident general elk licenses would be issued through a regional quota system, similar to how nonresident general deer licenses are issued. Neither of these changes, if recommended, would result in a change to the percentage (16%) of non-resident limited quota licenses issued in limited quota drawings. Should the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce recommend that the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission make modifications to non-resident elk license allocation?
This proposal sucks, imo!!! Look over all the meeting materials , some interesting info in there.
Everyone should listen to Huntin fools latest podcast. Its an interview of all the task force members. What bothers me even more, Huntin fool seems to agree with them?
The proposal as above changes a "general" tag to be an area or set of areas tag, they are also discussing this for us residents. I am against both. They are also talking about changes to deer tags to be "pick your species", again, I said "no", that is pretty much enforced by different rules in different areas.
Follow the money!
I like the region concept for gen licenses, gives the dept better control and flexibility over hunter numbers. I would prefer it was both res and non res, but being only non res the end game is an increase in nr licenses in those areas that are generally outfitted.
Here is the bottom line for DIY/OYO nonres in Wyoming. 1) Landowner tags are currently taken off the top of the Wyo elk, deer, and antelope tag pool prior to the draw. 2) Outfitters will likely be asking for an additional chunk of nonres tags for those nonres hunters that sign an outfitter contract prior to the draw. 3) There is also the chance that 90/10 could take 50% of the current nonres limited elk, deer, and antelope quotas (nonres tags cut in 1/2). So, landowner tags + outfitter tags taken off the top, nonres quotas cut in 1/2 with 90/10. How many tags do you think will be left for nonres DIY/OYO hunters? With current quotas nonres aren't even issued tags in a number of high demand elk units due to landowner tags being issued prior to the draw.
Remember April 21 is the Task Force deadline. Here is the link to submit your comments: https://sites.google.com/wyo.gov/wyomingwildlifetaskforce/home/public-input
Mule Power's Link
Also realize that the State Board of Outfitters is part of the Department of Labor. So supporting local businesses is something they have an interest in. It’s no different than subsidizing farmers, ranchers, or any other businesses in their state. Remember they make money from the whole outfitter licensing system. The USFS makes money from outfitters from the user permit system. It sucks that the only people who don’t make money from outfitters is Fish and Game. They make it from licenses and as we know they have no problem selling those. Who gets them doesn’t affect their income.