Since antelope hunts occur predominately in the Western states, including Texas, I was wondering what you folks thought about the various state wildlife management departments restricting antelope tags as a "one a lifetime" specie? In other words, once drawn for an antelope tag, that's it for life.
Please use the following statistics to formulate your own opinion;
Using Arizona as an example, the average number of tags issued for the General Antelope Hunt is 12.16 tags per unit. Some units are issued only 1 tag, while the unit with the highest amount of tags issued is 46. Draw Odds success rates sadly average a mere 1.05% for 1st & 2nd choice applicants, while Hunt/Harvest Success rates average a whopping 82.13%.
For the Antelope Muzzleloader Hunt, average tags issued are 11.5 tags per unit, with 1 tag being the fewest, and 35 tags being the highest. 1st & 2nd choice Draw Odds average 3.12 % success, while the Hunt/Harvest Success reflects a liberal average of 69.25%.
For the Archery Antelope Hunt, average tags issued are 21 tags per unit, with 1 being the fewest, and 100 being the highest. 1st & 2nd choice Draw Odds average a 10.6 % success, while the Hunt/Harvest Success average is predictably low at only 19.45%.
Given the large number of applicants and the few tags available, and considering the disparity between the rifle/muzzy harvest/draw success rates compared to those of archery, do you folks feel that Arizona and other states should consider adopting a rule that:
For rifle or muzzleloader antelope tags they should be issued as a "one a lifetime" tag, while archery should be left alone? Or, do you feel that regardless of weapon choice, antelope should be "one a lifetime" tags?