It sounds like catch-and-release doesn't work too well with lampreys. You probably do deserve a tag.
If you are a nonresident of WY I really don't think your odds will increase in the bison draw this year, although I could be wrong. Here is my thinking: along with the increased cost, massively increased by the way it will help your odds on the surface, its just a function of the cost. When it goes up to over $2,500 up front it is definitely going to weed out a lot of people. That is the most expensive tag in WY. But, and here is where it goes the other way, and I did call and check on this with my contacts in Cheyenne, there along with the upfront cost increase, they state now only sets aside 20% of the bison tags for nonresident hunters. In the old system, everyone that applied had a equal chance at that tag res and NR alike. So, I think the residents will have the most to gain from this scenario, our upfront costs went up significantly also, over $400 I believe it is, but now we get 80% of the available tags. I'm hoping all in all, when it is all said and done, the odds for everyone goes up, but I'm not sure about the NR hunters because of the set aside change. I do know this, with that pricing change there certainly won't be almost 4,000 applicants for those tags any more. -G
N. Guy Eastman
Eastmans' Hunting Journals
Another issue, is the proportion of tags non-resident to resident hunters:
In 2012: 81 resident bull bison hunters and 15 non-residents. 15.6% of the hunters were nonresidents.
In 2011: 84 resident bull bison hunters and 18 non-residents. 17.6% of the hunters were nonresidents.
In 2010: 59 resident bull bison hunters and 12 non-residents. 16.9% of the hunters were nonresidents.
If in fact non-residents are issued 20% of the bison tags in 2014, that will be a minor improvement for non-resident applicants. Also factor in that the non-resident applications are likely to be far lower since the full tag fee must be sent in upfront.
Last edited by Umpqua Hunter; 02-27-2014 at 02:25 PM.
My thinking is that this year will be a big drop off of NR... perhaps making it the best NR odds ever...
I was going to apply, but don't think I want a bison tag this year, or be out that money at the moment.
I suspect when NR next year notice the better odds, more will apply next year, though still less than originally when all you had to front was the $20 or whatever...
I wonder if residents were forced to front the NR tag fee and pay that to hunt bison what the % of NR vs Res would end up being?
Honestly I can't believe how cheap some resident hunters are, especially when talking about once in a lifetime type tags...
I love hearing residents complain about the % of NR tags issued and it's like oh what did you pay for your elk tag? I'd probably sign up for NR only getting 10% of the tags if we all pay the same tag fees... if that happened, probably 75% of the tags would go to NR since no res would pay such a fee.
I guess its the game we have and you have to play it. Just 2 sides to every coin I suppose.
Last edited by HuskyMusky; 02-27-2014 at 02:41 PM.
I am guessing at that cost that you will lose some hunters to high fence operations. You can hunt bison on many high fence operations for $2000 TO $3000. It's not for me, but when the cost becomes the same amount you know some will take the easy way to the same goal.
I just dug into the WY Bison scenario deeper and it appears like Umpqua Hunter is correct. The lists have been in fact separate all along, R vs. NR as the set aside was still 80/20. So that won't change much there, but the price increase upfront should make a massive difference in odds, for both R and NR. When the upfront cost goes from $20 to $400 or even $2,500 it will drop. No one really knows by how much for sure, but I think the odds could go up by at least double, and possibly even by a factor of ten for NR hunters. Time will tell I guess. Good luck for all of you who do fork out the big cash for a Buff. -G
N. Guy Eastman
Eastmans' Hunting Journals