Musket Man, the law states 5%, where they come from is not necessarily spread evenly across the board. One thing that is most often confused is the fact that landowner tags are in the mix as well. For example, if I remember right, the paunsagunt has 14 or so landowner tags that can be auctioned. There are more landowner tags than conservation tags, but many people think these are all from the draw tags. I believe the landowners association for the Pahvant gets 4 or 5 landowner elk tags that are auctioned as well. Not all auction tags are conservation tags that come from the draw. If you have the exact numbers of which unit you say over half are auction tags I would be interested to see them, I have not seen that large of a number on any unit, but I could be wrong. As it stands, the argument that draw odds will get so much better if the tags were back in the draw, does not hold much water when the math is done. In the past when I have run the numbers most units would see an increase of .5-1% in draw odds if the tags were put back into the draw.
Landowner tags are separate discussion in my book. I agree with some landowner tags to help in showing the landowners the value of having wildlife on their property as this can often benefit the area around the private land as well, at least in my experience. If landowners see no value in wildlife and consider them a nuisance, I'm afraid we will continue down the path of ranchettes and subdivisions.