Change Elk to draw only all methods of take. Anytime you draw a tag, buy a leftover, or hunt a cow/doe your points go to 0 and poof point creep solved. Too many hunters want their cake and eat it too. Just look what draw only did for deer and it would do the same for elk. LO vouchers need to use points - for guys like me who have friends that give me a tag for free every year - well I should not gain a point as well.
Point banking is a terrible idea with little merit. It did not work the first time and will not work the 2nd time. The outfitters are pushing this tested and failed idea more than anyone at this point. Any idea the CPW chooses should do 2 things - the most good for the most hunters and should not negatively impact other hunters. Point banking in reality negatively effects most hunters while doing little good in the "real" world to reduce point creep.
Funny for to me that with the amount of points builders out there that still hunt every year - anyone thought that the highest end Elk tag would be a reality in the current system - if you did not start with max points... It never was and never will be. Colorado is about opportunity the CPW will tell you that.. If you are looking for a 400" bull in Colorado well then you are looking in the wrong state no matter if you have 500 points right now.. It is not the place of CPW to manage for opportunity then change the entire system caus some hunters cant figure out how to apply for Elk in states like Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, and Nevada where you can actually find a big bull.
DOW told the truth the entire way and high point gather type did not look at the stats. In reality the high points gathers want to be "bailed out" for their decision to CHOOSE to gain points on the backs of hunters who CHOOSE to hunt. Low points holder never will effect the top end gathers negatively but if point banking comes back the high point gathers will with out a doubt negatively effect the low point hunters.
I dont think it is the place of the CPW to bail out hunters who made their choices. I see too many hunters dont want to work and just want a 350" bull or 200" buck dropped whole in the back of their truck. If you have over 3 points for either elk or deer and cant find the size of animal I listed above - the points system is flat out not the problem..
It will be interesting to see what they do.