Lets just leave well enough alone. The downward trend of NR opportunity will someday land in federal court. Liberal judges can do almost anything as we have seen. There will be no winners. Wildlife is too valuable of a resource to have it's fate determined for political agenda.
they have been there and done the court thing it didn't work. The big problem with this issue is that in western state with a large amount of federal land people have to remember that ever inch of federally owened land takes away property taxs and other sources of income from the state . States get money to replace that value from other federal programs like fish and wildlife service. How ever that amount is very small compaired to the lost funds.Nr are not the only ones seeing their chances go down so are the res hunters. I think until the amount of federal land is equaled in all states then there should be no more increase of federal owened property in the west or change of status like to wilderness.
I am assuming you are one of the officers in UBNM. If not I stand corrected and will apologize. While not necessarily anti-NR by design, UBNM lobbied hard this year to change the NR allocations in NM. After getting many of the politicians riled up, the ultimate result was not exactly what your group requested, but in the end was a major slap in the face of all NR's and businesses within NM who rely on the tourism dollars hunters provide. UBNM deserves at least some of the blame / credit for this change, depending on your viewpoint. I've seen you post elsewhere that you are unhappy with the result of the legislative session, and hope to make further refinements in the future. For all we know you will continue to make things worse. Take some responsibility for opening this can of worms and getting a raw deal for NR, while protecting the outfitter allocation. I do believe this was not your original intent. Being niave is not much of an excuse. UBNM hurt a lot of NR and will effect the economy of NM hunting for years to come.
llp, You and I both know your accusations against the UBNM are baseless and not true.
Tell everyone what you have done to fix New Mexico's broken system, we would also like to know what you have done to make the NR pool an all equal draw.
I do not know where you have gotten your info but if you have any questions about why the current NM system is broken, feel free to PM me or just start another thread, I will try to answer your questions in an unbiased way.
Like I said before, if you like to hunt NM, do something positive! If you are young, do it for yourself! if you are my age, do it for the future!
Sorry Trophyhill, I am not trying to change the OP.
JP, UBNM Treasurer
I think non resident license fees in most states are ridiculous and in some cases the tag allottments are unfair. Including my home state. I think $410 for an archery tag for a non resident is insane. I personally head to WI to hunt whitetails for $160. From information that I gather, a large portion of most fish and game budgets, comes from the Pittman-Robertson act. This money comes from all sportsman who by firearms and sporting equipment. This money is from people from every state. The rest of the money is from license sales of which a high percentage of is generated from the higher non resident fees. I have no problem paying higher fees to hunt out of state. I think some of the fees are preventing a lot of people from venturing out of state due to the economy. I would just like to see better than ten percent of the tags in some states go to non residents. I believe that more than ten percent of the fish and game budgets are paid by non-residents.
I think the money is the issue for the majority of NRs. But if you think about it, even the guys out west still front boat loads of money to hunt the other western states. A NM res is still forking out $1,850 for a CO sheep tag or paying $50 for a WY elk PP. Bottom line is that a resident should get preference when it comes to the draws...they live there. But I do think some states take it too far.
If truth be told we have to put out a boat load just to apply in our own state! My nevada apps will cost me between $100 to $150 and i live here and nonres think that they should get more tags? Heck if i draw half the tags i'll probley put in for it will cost me $210 more to hunt and thats just 3 tags deer, antelope, cow elk all bow hunt and i have 3 points for cows. Then if i kill an antelope i can't even put in for 5 years, ten if you kill a bull elk, five if you don't take a bull. And to be honest the sucess rates arn't any better with this limited draw format just bigger animals . Maybe the eastern states will figure out how much money they are giving up each year and go to the same draw format as western states and charge the res hunters back east like we get charged just to apply! Then charge the same fees for tags then maybe everybody will understand how we feel about just getting the chance to hunt .