I'm not as avid of an outdoors man as UH, I typically hunt deer and elk only and do not fish. So for me buying a lion tag is like buying a lottery ticket, besides If I did see one while deer or elk huntig I would probably not shoot it anyway. I wouldn't want it to take away from my deer/elk hunt. I guess if ODFW wantend me to help thin the population they would have a bounty on them. I also have in the back of my mind that I can buy a tag up until the first day of deer season, I believe that it was set up that way for a reason.