Guy put together a blog post to help everyone understand how we develop the MRS every year. Feel free to ask any MRS related question here and we will do our best to answer them.
Enjoy EHJ 141!
I don't Break the rules, I Modify them.
Pretty interesting. So obviously the Eastman's crew doesn't hunt every area in every state, so who provides the information for the areas you guys don't get to hunt? Do you just go by each states FWP website to glean as much info you can and make the call from that info alone?
My only question (actually a recommendation) would it be hard to list all units? For example; in WY there are a couple antelope units I have my eye on for a 2nd choice. I have studied the WY game and fish site, my BLM maps and my Garmin Basecamp but I would like an outside opinion as well.
I think I know the answer, which is it is likely not worth the extra effort to break down all units and I completely understand that as well. As it has taken me a lot of research to narrow down to potential 2nd choice units.
Listing all of the units is plain and simple a space issue. The easiest way to remedy that is to put in the color coded maps which make it very easy to see which unit is which chip. Listing every possible odd and statistic would be a nightmare.
However, this is all about giving you the best information we have, to help you have the best all around experience!
Are there charts similar to the ones used in the MRS on the Wy web site somewhere? I was sure I found them a few years ago but have never been able to find it again.
Here is something Guy got in an email, helps illustrate some differences. I will see if Guy has a chance to put together an answer today.
What is the difference between the Trophy Quality rating and the Trophy Potential letter score?
Also, what is the difference between Public Land Access and the Access letter score.
For example, in the latest WY Deer MRS I noticed these:
Unit(s) Trophy Quality Trophy Potential
D Marginal B
78-80 Good C
Unit(s) Access to Public Access
165 Good C
78-80 Fair B
Good info, thanks. The only thing that I've always wondered about is a color as good in one state as it is in another? Example: is a green chip elk unit in Oregon as good as a green chip elk unit in Wyoming? I have hunted Green chip units in Oregon and I have a hard time believing that they are as good of a hunt as a Green Chip unit in Wyoming... I look at statistics on F&G websites and the Yellow chip units in Wyoming blow Oregon Green chip units away. From my experinces in Oregon there should be a lot more yellow than there is in the MRS.
Some of that is honestly relative.
A big deer in Wyoming, is usually bigger than what people in Montana would consider a big deer. Wyoming, even in the general units, only does early season hunt. Montana has the rut hunts which tend to take the top tier deer out of the equation before they reach the 5 to 6 year age.
Every state has examples of this.
Thanks Scott, I figured as much but now I know!