There is a lot I don't know about how states determine quotas for residents & non residents for hunting big game. But there are a few things I do Know, especially Colorado. In Colorado NR allocations are determined by the average number of points a resident needed to draw a specific tag during a 3 year period ending in 2009. Some units with low numbers of tags may not have any tags left for NR after the resident tags are draw. (I know there are very few units like this)
For units/hunt codes requiring 6 or more resident points for a resident, up to 20% may be allocated to NR tags.
For units requiring fewer than 6 points, up to 35%may be allocated to NR tags.
Up to 15%of tags in units that are totally limited are allocated for deeded landowners with at least 160 contiguous acres of agricultural land. This is where the outfitters get their licenses/vouchers...which mostly go to NRs.
If you really look at these formulas, you will see it is possible for up to 50% of the tags in some units to be set aside out of the drawing for residents. The resident arn't getting all the tags, thats for sure.
I researched the Wyoming NR brochure and could not find any relationship breakdown between res & NR tag allocation.
Bottom line at least here in Colorado is that NR hunters are paying a lot more than residents (I am sure it is the same in every state), but in my opinion are getting a fair share of the tags. In the real "blue chip" units that take lots of points, it may be almost impossible to draw a tag.....for resident and nonresidents alike for many years. What really ticks of a lot of us resident is the 15% allocation for landowners. Its hard to swallow for me. Our Parks & Wildlife Commission is packed with landowner and outfitter members. It will probably never change.