Why Don't Wyoming Hunters Get Preference for Leftover Tags?

By Rob Shaul

Today, June 28, 2019 is the last day to apply for leftover deer, elk and antelope tags in Wyoming. Everyone, even residents, have to apply for leftover tags.

There are limited number of leftover tags available, so essentially, this is a limited quota draw.

But, unlike all other limited draw hunting tags, there is no resident hunter preference for leftover tags.

This needs to change.

Already, Wyoming is the most liberal western state in terms of nonresident tag allocation:

- Wyoming gives 25% of its Bighorn Sheep tags to nonresidents.  Montana? 10%, but if fewer than ten tags are offered for that area, nonresidents can't draw.

- Wyoming gives 25% Mountain Goat tags to nonresidents. Idaho? 10%, but if fewer than ten tags are offered for that area, nonresidents can't draw.

- Wyoming gives 20% of it's moose tags to nonresidents. Nevada? 10%

- Wyoming gives 20% of its limited quota deer tags to nonresidents. Utah? 10%.

- Wyoming gives 16% of its limited area Elk tags to nonresidents. New Mexico? 10%

- Wyoming gives 20% of its antelope tags to nonresidents. Montana? 10%, but if fewer than ten tags are offered for that area, nonresidents can't draw.

Wyoming nonresident hunting tag allocation needs to come down the 10% or lower level offered by surrounding states. But as bad as this is for resident hunters, Wyoming's sale of leftover tags is worse.

Wyoming resident hunters have no preference in leftover tag allocation. In the leftover draw which begins next week, resident hunters compete with nonresidents equally for these leftover tags.

Just last year the Wyoming Game & Fish Department went to a draw system for leftover tags. Before that, leftover deer, elk and antelope tags were sold first-come, first serve through license selling agents and the WDGF website. But still, there was no resident preference. Nonresidents could and did get on their computers and started buying leftover tags once they were opened up on the G&F website.

We like the way New Mexico does it. New Mexico offers its leftover tags in an over the counter system like Wyoming used to ... but with one significant difference.  New Mexico residents get a 24 hour head start. For the first 24 hours leftover tags are available for sale, only New Mexico residents can purchase them. After this 24-hours is up, the leftover tags are available to everyone to purchase, regardless of residency.

Help us get this changed.

Are you a Wyoming Resident? If so, contact your State Representative, State Senator, and Game & Fish Commission member and tell him or her Wyoming needs to lower its nonresident hunting tag allocation overall, and give Wyoming residents preference for leftover tags.

Mountain Pursuit Banned From Western-State Hunting Forum Website Rokslide.com for Defending Fair Chase, Resident Hunter Preference

By Mountain Pursuit

Saturday, the owners of western DYI hunting website rokslide.com banned Mountain Pursuit Founder, Rob Shaul, from the website's internet forum.

Shaul was answering questions and responding to criticism by forum members about Mountain Pursuits positions on Fair Chase and resident hunter tag preference.

"Someone had started a thread about Mountain Pursuit way back in January and copied a link to a story about us in the Jackson, Wy newspaper," explained Shaul.

"I didn't see the thread or the criticism until last Friday (June 21, 2019), and took the opportunity to announce who I was, respond to criticism and answer questions."

Most of the criticism, some of which was passionate, centered on Mountain Pursuit's position on a 400-yard maximum shot limit for firearms based on Fair Chase. Non-residents forum members also forcefully opposed western-state resident hunter preference.

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Study: Hunting Nonprofit CEOs are Underpaid Compared to their Environmental Nonprofit Counterparts

By Mountain Pursuit

A just completed report by Mountain Pursuit analyzes Hunting Nonprofit CEO compensation and compares Hunting Nonprofit CEOs to their counterparts in Environmental Organizations.

Quick Take-Aways from the Report:

- In 2016, the average CEO salary for a nationally based hunting nonprofit was $271,488.90.

- Between 2013 and 2016, the average CEO salary for a nationally based hunting nonprofit increased by 11.68%.

- Based on "CEO Efficiency", Hunting nonprofit CEOs are underpaid compared to their Environmental nonprofit counterparts.

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Mountain Pursuit Founder Interviewed in the Mountain Journal

By Mountain Pursuit

Mountain Pursuit founder Rob Shaul, was interviewed last week in the Mountain Journal, an online publication from respected journalist Todd Wilkinson covering the challenges facing the intermountain west. 

Click HERE to read the full interview.

Mountain Pursuit's New "Resident Hunter" T-Shirts

By Rob Shaul

I founded Mountain Pursuit to represent the most underrepresented group in today's overhyped western state big game hunting industry - the subsistence-based, resident hunter: those of us who are residents of the western states, grew up hunting with our families or learned to love it, and hunt each year not to promote a product, post to instagram or get into the record books - but to simply fill our freezers. 

Non-resident hunters have a plethora of groups lobbying for their interests - Outfitters and Guides groups, landowners who lease their property to outfitters and guides, the hospitality industry (motels, restaurants, state tourism boards), old-guard hunting nonprofits who depend upon their donations and membership, hunting clothing and gear manufactures who depend upon sales to nonresidents, and the Game & Fish Departments themselves who's sell of nonresident tags is often often a major source of department funding. 

Resident hunters need a voice and Mountain Pursuit is working hard to be that voice. Hence - our new "Resident Hunter" t-shirts. Are you a resident of Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado or Arizona? 

If so, we've got a Resident Hunter t-shirt for you! Wear your colors and stand up for resident hunters. 

Click HERE to see the shop.

All proceeds go to support the good work we're doing at Mountain Pursuit! 



Mountain Pursuit Recommends Paid Permits, Standardized Seasons for Western State Shed Hunting

By Mountain Pursuit


Shed hunting in the Western United States has grown exponentially in recent years, driven by both increased antler prices, and social media marketing:

- The Average Price Per Pound for antlers sold at the annual National Park Service Elkfest in Jackson, Wyoming increased 121% from $8.29/pound in 2011 to $18.36/pound in 2018.

- Years ago the market for shed antlers was in Asia, but now shed prices in the United States are driven by pet supply stores, where the sheds are cut up and sold as dog chew toys.

- A search for the hashtag, "#shedhunting" yielded 301,708 posts on Instagram

- A google search for "Shed Hunting Podcast" yielded 20+ individual podcasts

- A YouTube search for "Shed Hunting" yields hundreds of individual videos

Shed Hunting's popularity has build a niche industry around the activity, including the National Shed Hunting Dog Association, which offers products/training and holds shed hunting dog trials, multiple online-shed hunting buy and sell websites, and purpose-built shed-hunting gear including backpacks.

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Mountain Pursuit Challenges Increased Mountain Bike Activity In Shoal Creek and Palisades Wilderness Study Areas

By Mountain Pursuit

April 18, 2019

Today, Mountain Pursuit submitted a letter to the USFS Bridger-Teton Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Conner challenging exploding mountain bike activity in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Teton and Lincoln Counties, and mountain bike and destructive ATV/UTV activity in the Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area in Teton and Sublette Counties.

Both the Palisades and Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Areas were established by the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act. The ’84 Act requires that the Forest Service does not allow activities such as ATV/UTV use and mountain biking to adversely affect the wilderness character that existed in Palisades and Shoal in 1984, nor the potential to designate both WSAs as Wilderness.

It’s Mountain Pursuit’s position that the Forest Service is legally bound by the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act not to allow any summer motorized/mechanized activity in the Palisades and Shoal WSAs beyond what was occurring in 1984.

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Wyoming Game and Fish Puts Politics Above Science By Delaying Migration Corridor Designation

By Mountain Pursuit, 4.12.18

Wyoming Game & Fish Department leadership has delayed identifying migration corridors for the Sublette Pronghorn and Wyoming Range Mule Deer herds in response to last-minute concerns raised by industry groups representing ranching, mining and oil and gas.

Mountain Pursuit strongly disagrees with the delay, and urges Department leadership to proceed with identifying and designating these corridors

“The Department’s decision to delay is disturbing,” explained Mountain Pursuit Board President Rob Shaul.

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