I had bought a middle of the road LO elk tag in NM back in february since I knew I wasn’t going to draw. I have been dealing with this tag broker for almost a decade, legit guy, no problems….until this year. The broker told me in June- no problem, still early. When i hadnt heard from him mid August….I called and he was out of town returning calls Sept 1st. WHAT???? The season opens Sept 1st and I don’t have a code yet. I tried texting but no response.
He calls me on Aug 31st with the bad news, someone offered the Landowner something like $3k more for the tag so he sold it out from under me. I have a contract with the Broker, sent him the $$$$ in Feb…but he had a handshake deal with the LO.
I talked to another guy that bought a tag off of Craiglist and got scammed.
This landowner tag system is the wild west and sure seems to be getting out of hand with too many chefs in the kitchen….….just curious if there are other stories like mine out there….
I’m a small business guy and had construction jobs go sideways that I had to suck it up and take the loss. Oh well.
I’ve done handshake deals for a lot more dough than that….and I’ve sold vehicles on a handshake and been offered more in cash an hour later- no dice. I worry that a mans word and traits like integrity are disappearing in this country. Hopefully these are just rare instances of greed I mentioned.
I’ve heard of cases where these hunt codes were sold as many as three or four times.
I can see how the broker had an issue that they couldn't control. What he could control was letting you know a lot sooner I'm sure he has sent something was wrong he could have simply kept you in the loop and should have.