Resident Hunters Should Have Significant Priority For Hunting Tag Allocation

By Mountain Pursuit

Mountain Pursuit is a western states hunting advocacy group and strongly believes big game license allocation should be significantly prioritized for the residents of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

The growth in backcountry hunting in recent years, driven by ... 

Hunting and clothing and gear manufacturers and sophisticated marketing campaigns
Hunting Films and Film Festivals
Sponsored hunters and social media
Television hunting series and streaming hunting shows 
Online hunting tag application services and resources such as gohunt.com

 .... has significantly increased non-resident tag applications in western states, and increased pressure on state management agencies to increase non-resident tag allocation. 

This has resulted in proposed decreased hunting tag allocation and diminished hunting quality and experience for western state residents hunters.  

Mountain Pursuit is troubled by these trends, and believes resident hunters should have significant priority for hunting tag allocation. 

 

Here are our specific positions: 

- Maximum non-resident allocation of 5% of available whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and antelope tags for controlled unit hunts and non-resident Do It Yourself (DYI) hunters.

- A maximum of 5% of available whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and antelope tags for controlled unit hunts and non-resident hunters contracted with an in-state outfitter. 

- Maximum non-resident allocation of 10% of available or forecast "general season" licenses for elk, whitetail deer, mule deer and antelope for general season hunting units. Allowances can be made above this 10% level for leftover doe/fawn, cow/calf limited draw tags, and as needed for excess herd management where resident hunters can't cull the number of animals required.

- No over-the-counter (OTC) for non-resident hunters, regardless of species.

- No non-resident tags offered for controlled unit hunts with 15 or fewer available tags, regardless of species.

- Maximum non-resident allocation of 5% of available bison, moose, mountain bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, and mountain goat controlled hunting units which have 16 or more available tags. 

- No non-resident tag allocation for "once-in-a-lifetime" hunts for state residents, either by statute or practicality. This would include bighorn sheep, desert sheep, bison, moose and mountain goat. Exceptions can be made for very limited direct tag auctions as significant revenue source for state departments of fish and game.

Mountain Pursuit understands this position is more restrictive than current state regulations in the above western states. We also understand that most state management agencies generate the bulk of their funding from tag sales, especially non-resident tag sales.

But we feel the current regulations for most states is too permissive in tag allocation for non-residents, at the expense of hunting opportunities, quality and experience, for residents hunters.

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