Sorry Captchee but hunter numbers are way down in my state.
There was a time in the late 80's when opening day of the Utah deer hunt drew over 250,000 deer hunters. Since then our state has gone to a quota system but still has a very hard time selling less than 100,000 permits. Usually we have left overs in some areas.
I would bet that Utah now has the most expensive resident tags in the west or at least ranks right up among the top 3 and we just received another hike for next year.
I dont know the whole picture in your state but I can say that a few drawings that were once over-subscribed are now undersubscribed (Southeast Non-Resident Deer)
"Applauding" Yep, the state of Utah is really getting it together. A resident deer tag was $35 last year. Hardly breaking the bank. I think its going to go up another $5. Back when they sold 250,000 permits you couldn't beat a bush without a hunter coming out of it. Now that Utah is under 100,000 hunting is so much more pleasant and the game was starting to recover until the drought hit.
We need to quit crying about cost of tags and realize this is what its going to take to keep this heritage alive and at least a little pure. Costs are rising in todays world and I'd say $35 to $40 to hunt deer is more than acceptable. If they lower the price they have to up the number of tags sold. That means more hunters killing more deer. Thats not good for hunters and thats not good for the deer.
I don't understand why anyone would be oppossed to what Utah is doing?!?
I don't understand why Colorado would want to cut the number of NR tags though. As mentioned a lot of revenue is generated there.