As many of you may know, United States Outfitters (USO) has recently sued
the State of AZ over their cap on non-resident tags for trophy elk and N.
AZ deer. They are currently in the process of suing Nevada over the same.
They will almost certainly bring the same suit against CA, NM (their home
state), MT, CO, and UT. This will most certainly be followed by
non-resident tag fee challenges as well.
I want to make perfectly clear that the residents of AZ do not hold
anything against non-resident hunters. The cap has long been held to be
the most effective method of ensuring a fair and equitable draw for
everyone, while allowing the most effective management of AZ's wildlife.
The effectiveness of AZ game management can be seen in the record books,
see for yourself where the world record Elk and Whitetail deer come from.
USO would have you believe that they are being deprived of monetary gain
by not having the same chance as a resident, due to the value of the
Elk's hide and antlers-thus invoking the Constitution's protection of Fair
What you may not know, is USO, and many of it's guides, and it's owner's
husband, are currently under investigation or currently fighting several
felony game violations. In other words, they do not abide by the ethics
and behavior long established as appropriate for hunting.
In addition, AZ has long tried to maintain hunting opportunities for ALL
Americans, regardless of financial status. Until this ruling, an AZ elk
hunt was affordable to the majority of hunters throughout the United
States. Now, the AZ Fish and Game Commission will be forced to consider
several rule changes in order to bring game management back into balance.
This will including options like making the sale, transport, or possession
out of state of AZ game animal products illegal (this will eliminate USO's
argument), depriving many AZ residents and out of state residents from an
important source of revenue. Other options include eliminating out of
state hunting of trophy animals completely, increasing the cost of
non-resident tags, or requiring attendance of in-state hunter-safety
courses which will increase the difficulty level for potential out of
If you dislike seeing the potential co opting of States Rights to manage
their wildlife by the Federal Government, elimination of hunting
opportunities for the residents of states who have the most invested in
wildlife, and the perception of excessive greed by one of the biggest
guide and outfitting services in America, please contact USO and let them
know that You don't like what they are doing. Also, if you have
considered a hunt with USO, instead try a local outfitter in whatever
state you were planning your hunt in.
USO can be contacted at:
or at their website: