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    WY Outfitters Want More NR Elk Tags

    Basically the Outfitters want more tags for their hunting areas especially in wilderness areas. As a resident I feel it should stay status quo. What are your thoughts!

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-sta...es-to-elk-tags

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    As a non res I agree with you.
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    I am against this proposal and encourage all residents to attend the meetings for this next year. WYOGA is using increased elk numbers statewide to push for more bull tags in general areas and 4% more nonresident tags in limited quota areas. Only one general area in Wyoming has a high bull/cow ratio and it is predominantly private land. I do believe the answer to over objective elk herds in any area is more access to kill cow elk, not increased harvest of bulls.

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    JM77 when will the meeting begin next year.. And will they have a comment period online for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    As a non res I agree with you.
    As a non resident I also disagree with this. I believe outfitters are a big part of the growing problem of public hunting in the U.S., and I don't like the idea of one group getting preference over another
    Live to hunt, hunt to live.

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    They only want more NR tags so they can guide NR in the wilderness areas because they know we are screwed without them due to stupid laws preventing us from hunting there.

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    Eliminating the outfitter wilderness rule would increase NR opportunity, w/o the need to increase tags. Problem solved.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad8899 View Post
    JM77 when will the meeting begin next year.. And will they have a comment period online for this?
    Meetings will be after the season setting process in 2018, late spring I would imagine.

    Jeff

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    I have lived on all sides of this issue. I was a resident guide/hunter and now am a non-resident who likes to hunt in Wyoming. I understand where the outfitters are coming from- As a guide/outfitter, it is frustrating to not have your hunters draw year after year and struggle just to book enough to pay leases. In the end, we gave up the area 7 leases we had and eventually stopped guiding all together. The ranches we had leased are now leased by a small group of very rich doctors. For the primarily private land LQ areas I wouldn't have an issue with higher non-resident allocation. The average Joe doesn't get to hunt there anyway. As far as General hunt areas go, I believe we have more than enough hunters in the National Forests. Competition is already high and success rates aren't great. I see no reason to add to the mayhem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 480/277 View Post
    Eliminating the outfitter wilderness rule would increase NR opportunity, w/o the need to increase tags. Problem solved.....
    Now we have some real dialogue 480. I couldn't agree more!

 

 
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