As for tag allocations for non residents, it's not practical for everybody that wants to go hunt a great unit in say, "colorado" to get the chance. Demand is way too high, so the states are keeping most of the tags for their residents, only makes sense. It's a rare opportunity to get these high demand units and the wait is long and hard, that's what makes them so special. The industry/number of hunters is growing much faster than the game populations, everybody will not be satisfied. BKC said it, "supply and demand".
When I moved to Wyoming in 1976 the "NR wilderness law" was in effect back then. I have no clue just when it was enacted but it was well over 37 years ago. I always was told it was pushed by the outfitters. Could be. But IMO it will never be changed, ever. One thing a NR can be assured of though; the cost of hunting in the west will continue to rise.
this year i had to direct 2 diff group of NR hunters in the right direction, they told me where they were headed and i told them they were going the wrong way. they had a map but no gps, maps and gps are useless unless you know how to use them. they didnt even have proper gear for the weather we were having. my budy thats with the rescue team has been called out 3 times this fall looking for lost NR and one call for a local guy???????? none were hurt, just lost and headed where they had no idea where they were. i would like to know the $$$$ thats spent on these rescue missions in the western states.
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Wyoming is funded by donations, mostly at the point of license sales.
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And it's also Federal land (public). National Forest not State land. It's been fought in court before but like you said, the Outfitter's Lobby in Wy. carries a lot of clout . Been something that's bothered me for 31 yrs. but it would never stop me from hunting there.
I think AK tag pricing is very fair, they understand the incurred cost in travel and keep their tags manageable. As far as the required guide, it makes much more sense for AK than WY IMO.