I posted this on another thread, but I thought I would included a topic in the Wyoming thread
i am not a big point restriction guy. we shot a mulie b/w sundance and upton once that was almost 28" wide and 24" tall..............2x2. It was the biggest 2x2 i had ever seen, and a trophy in anyones book. and genetically, should be culled. having to pass on that buck to me is just wrong. So I would avoid point restrictions
I think there are a few changes that can be made to hunting / mule deer in wyoming. Take region C.......it encompasses several Units (17,18,19,20, 21....mayeb some others).......yet with 1 Region C tag, I can hunt all those units. what happens, is the larger more accessible public areas get hammered.....really really bad. and every forkie gets shot. so you have bad over-crowding and small buck size. solution...........get rid of general and region tags, and go unit specific for the entire state, resident or nonresident. You apply for a.......Unit 20 tag, you hunt unit 20. and that is it. set quotas per unit. take into account amount of private land vs public. this would spread out hunters and help with buck recruitment.
secondly, wyoming has a HUGE problem with private land vs public land access. I can think of 2 larger public tracts in Region C that it is virtually impossible to get to without a helicopter due to crossing private lands to get to them. yet.....those roads were put in with taxpayer dollars, maintained by taxpayer dollars......yet access is restricted by "private entities".......this is killing hunting. and frankly, it is not right or fair. My federal tax dollars pay for public property just as much as a resident from wyoming does, if it is federal lands. I would pass a law REQUIRING public access to and from public parcels larger than........who knows how large a tract say 2 square miles.....across private lands with no tresspass fee. You could require guns to be in a case......you cannot step out of the vehicle on those lands.......or something. But having landlocked public lands is a travesty. And it ruins hunting in other areas. It concentrates hunter density and kills off too many deer. Access issues have to be looked at.
I know many people might not agree with me, but I think if you worked on access and micromanaged units, you would see a huge increase in the mule deer population and buck size.
and.....I am not bashing landowners. Its the law, and if I was a landowner, I would do the same. The problem is the way the laws read. Change the laws to make public lands easier to access.
what say you guys???