Has anyone heard of the bill being proposed in Montana?https://billingsgazette.com/opinion/columnists/guest-opinion-bill-to-change-hunting-licenses-favors-wealthy-out-of-state-hunters/article_a8c6201c-0d62-543c-afec-174cc416dca0.html
If so i missed it , my badYep. I though there was already a thread on this subject. Maybe not. Anyways, a bad deal for the NR DIY guys and good for the outfitters. It will be interesting to see how the bill is amended. The bill's sponsor mentioned that he would amend the 60% Outfitter allocation to reflect the historical % of NR's that use Outfitters. Quick discussion was that about 40-45% of the NR with general tags hire an outfitter. I hope for some transparency with that number. It seems very high to me, however, I don't know.
Well said man!I am not speaking in support of this, especially when much of my hunting has taken place in WY wilderness areas that requires NRs to use an outfitter. One positive for both the outfitter and client is that it adds some degree of getting a tag when booking with an outfitter. In many cases you have to book a couple years in advance with reputable outfitters, only to play the lotto for the actual draw. I suspect that outfitters have to "overbook" to ensure that their camps are full, as most have a short period of time that pays for the entire years expenses. I am not an outfitter, nor do I have any financial interests with one, other that as a client. I prefer to hunt DIY, and solo when I can, but the biological clock has forced me towards more guided hunts than I had ever envisioned when I was younger. I haven't hunted Montana, but it could happen someday if I don't wait too long.