Please see link below. Looks like there has been some modification to allow for youth/immediate family to apply with applicants that have more preference points to help this situation. Should start some dialogue, positive and negative.
I am for a preference point system for WY residents for elk, deer, and antelope. There are valid points both for and against and I've listened and continue to listen to both sides. As some of you know, I've been extremely lucky through both preference point drawings (sheep) and random drawings (mtn goat). I've not had the best of luck for elk, deer, or antelope but have had some great opportunities. However, it is my hope, that our state agencies manage for quality herds, full carrying capacities, and provide the best possible habitat for our animals and that helps all of us win with more tags for all areas of this great state.
Can't wait to read all of the comments on this one. Good luck to all of the NR elk applicants!
I'm all for residents getting a point system for antelope, deer, and elk. But the provision about family members qualifying for the max number of points in a group is BEYOND STUPID! It will put an unknown number of people in every point category. It will set the point system up for people to exploit while cheapening the value of points for those who go at it alone. I understand that people love to hunt with family, and that is great. It doesn't require everyone to have a tag. Or they can apply for a lesser unit and all draw together if the points were rounded or averaged like they should be.
I have heard rumors of a revision coming to the bill specifying members are to be youth only 12-17 years old and also that the allocation go to 50% preference point, 50% random for the resident pool.
I have young kids and I can appreciate a lot of the concern for youth. I'm also of the opinion that its time to allow residents of this state some sort of preference point system for these species.
Talk about devaluing points that you've accumulated. This will only make the point creep issue worse for the trophy species. Take the number of max point holders and multiply by 3. This is again a futile attempt by this Hicks to manipulate the system set forth as is to his own benefit.
I really see nothing wrong with having the straight random draw for antelope, deer, and elk. Sure we will all go through dry spells when it comes to drawing tags in this system, but I'd rather have at least a chance of drawing good areas each year and not have to wait for one chance per decade.
I've been waiting for preference points for us residents for years!
Preference points are great for the guys that get in the first cpl years. Ten years from now a new crew will be crying for a change.
How's that wapitibob?
Is there really a need for WY points on elk, deer, and antelope? From the outside it seems OK and actually about as even as if you had points (except some areas would be harder to draw).
Colorado is a good example of why this is an awful idea. I really hope it gets shot down.
Arise... Kill, Eat! - Acts 10:13
IMO points are good if it takes 5 or so and doesnt creep much but when it gets more then that and keeps creeping every year I think a strait random draw is the best. Seems to me the WY residents that had a hunting license or applied the last few years should be the ones voting on it.