I think the system works as designed but I don’t think the DOW had the vision years ago to see this coming.
I would love to see them let you apply for a lrs and only “pay” the points it takes to draw…like they did a few years ago. Not everyone with high points is waiting to get to unit 2. There is a psychological downer to having a ton of points and “blowing them” on a low point hunt so people continue to bank. Or, not allow point applications in consecutive years, make you apply for a license. Or make units that take more than 10 points to draw automatically transition to the kind of weighted system the sheep are on. Or improve the quality of the hunt/animals in more units so there isn’t as much competition for the “super units”. Once every unit is super, then none will be. (modified Incredibles quote) Or a combination of “solutions”. Whatever the rules of the game are, if everyone agrees and plays by the rules, it’s “fair”. At least we are free to choose what we want to try for, for now.
I decided a few years ago to get busy hunting and not hoping. I spent my elk points in 09 on a unit 40 “all or nothing” hunt and came home with nothing, my 13 antelope points last year in 3/301…what a waste. I shot a nice buck but I should have just saved for a guided trophy hunt. The first of those antelope points I got in 1985… Now, I am desperately trying to figure out what to do with my 14 deer points so I can get them “off my back”. Would love to leverage them into a whitetail hunt but…
I agree with Ex that demographics will change over time but may not help those that are alive now. Thanks for the post Ex.