[***My guess is that a class action lawsuit could and probably would be filed if they proceed with a 10% cap and nothing is done for all the people that have money invested in a system that shouldn't be changed unless a person can opt out and be made whole.[/QUOTE]
Surely they would do something, a state like WY has a political reputation to uphold, which includes standing for the people and not taxing them (or tacking hard earned money). Hence they would have to raise taxes to compensate the NR loss of $$, either by a resident tag increase or some other form of tax. Their political platform is based on sustaining for itself, which charging a NR hunter to use its natural resource is an excellent income without taxing the stake holders (residents). Everything in WY benefits by their current method, so the method is not broke its the money spending that is out of control.
If WY does this it will mean one of two things; 1.) the wildlife are in bad shape and desperate measures need to be taken or 2.) politics have shifted and natural resource management in WY has been pushed aside by politics and not science
Cut the NR tags in 1/2 and double all the NR prices. Atleast 1/2 of them should have enough money to pay that price and the state will make just as much or more money and have more tags for residents at the same time.
I really hope that dont happen but its about how I feel as a NR alot of times...
Buzz had a good idea, take those 10% NR tags and sell them to residents for the NR Special and Regular fee.
We'll see how quickly the residents are willing to "pay more to make up the difference".
The writing has been on the wall for years in Wyoming, and almost all other states for even longer. This bill would be no surprise at all. I've come to expect bait & switching nonresident point values, and always warn newbies of it when they jump in the point games. States feel no responsibility to maintain the value of what they peddle. So for Wyoming I began planning years ago, dumping my 8 sheep points back when they jacked the nonrefundable rate to $100/year. That was a mathematical deal breaker. Then I quickly cashed in my moose points as soon as I could draw anything average, and afterwards quit that game. Then last year burned my max elk & lope points. So all I got left is deer points in WY. This bill proposal just pushed me over the edge for those poor value points to begin with, so I'm now all in to burn them this year. Was thinking of it anyway. Not worth waiting 10 years for a 170" buck. So my closet will be bare by the time they try to devalue what I have left! I beat them to the punch!
I have no problem with states deciding what they want for NR quotas. It's the part about devaluing previously sold points that I feel is unethical. In my 20 years of applying in 14 states, only two did not devalue the points they sold me............Arizona & New Hampshire. That's it.
Let's not forget Montana, they increased the value of my NR points by squaring them.
Whatever WY does I hope they do it for the benefit of the wildlife. As a NR I am willing to pay whatever I can afford, it may cut my trips back significantly and I will likely not spend much money while Im out there.
I am willing to pay for the wildlife, not some bureaucrat and his failed agenda. Of course, in return for paying a significantly higher priced tag I would expect the quality overall to improve with the years.
As a resident of my home state, I would be willing to pay a lot more as well if we needed it. I would easily double my license fee to improve existing WMA's and acquire more access. We pay $130 for an all inclusive hunting and fishing license, it includes up to 4 spring turkeys, a few fall turkey, 3 buck deer, basically unlimited doe, small game, and fishing. I think our turkey quotas are too high, but other than that it is a very fair price and I am willing to pay more if the wildlife would benefit from it.