Wildlife belongs to the state only when it benefits them. What about when you hit an animal with your car? No one takes claim for it then, whether it be state or the private ranch that was home to the wild animal before it committed suicide. I know this is off topic and sorry about that, but what about animal attacks. Does the state pay for that? I bring this up because if someone got hurt on a private ranch by their livestock, pet, or something else isn't the owner responsible?
The whole deal of adding to cost to the size aninmal really makes me sick ! I have been lucky enough to be drawn for tags that I knew I might never get the chance to do again and so was able to afford a guide, but my senerio was like a lot of other lucky hunters, my guide made hold off on a couple of big bulls because he thought we could do better and we did. NO EXTRA CHARGE !!
What if...say a big bull or big buck bolts through the trees and a guy has only seconds to react? Does the guide call a "time-out" to assess the B&C score? What nonsense. You paid for the hunt, and the outfitter doesn't own the animals..the public does.
Although I know a few Outfitters who think they own them. Can you say "Hunting is becoming a RICH man's sport? My $0.02.
I was an SCI member for 1 year and knew it was not for me either..... I have nothing against them and I think they do alot of good things, I just couldnt get past all the big fences.
This is the way they do it in Europe. I've never been there, but on all the shows I've seen they charge by the inch (probably by the mm as they use the metric system). Craig Boddington writes for a couple magazines and I recall him not shooting a giant ibex in Spain because he couldn't afford it. That resonated deeply with me. I probably couldn't afford it anyway (even if they didn't charge trophy fees) but I'll damn sure never hunt there as long as this practice continues.
Trophy fees on private land in the US are here to stay, but on public land they should have never existed. Wildlife is owned by the people. They are a common resource that should be managed by science and enjoyed by everyone: not just hunters, not just photographers, not just tree hugging hippies, but Everyone! Animals on Public land should not be exploited or profited from by individuals. A guide or outfitter should not get paid for the size of the animal. They should get paid for the camp conditions, food prep, scouting and knowledge of the land, and general hard work hunting trying to get the client an animal that he/she can be proud of. If they go above and beyond the call of duty to find, or just get lucky and stumble upon a world class specimen and the client kills it, then the client should tip well to show their appreciation.
Just my $.02