MT hasnt increased resident license fees since Ive been in MT (17 years). Thier budget depends on license fees. Anyone noticed that everything has increased in price over time? Yea the non residents take it in the shorts but It doesnt matter where you go thats the case. Its cheaper to hunt a deer or elk in ID as a non resident (not much though) but for me to turkey hunt upland bird or waterfowl its more expensive. It would cost me 100 bucks for a 3 day small game license in ID to shoot coyotes. They can come and shoot ours for $10. I hunt outa state alot and the instate/outa state difference is ALLWAYS way scewed to the residents and it should be.
Now MT is letting non resident natives "come home" and hunt for 80 for elk and 60 for deer. bitch bitch bitch.
The non resident licenses all sold so who cares if they went 1st round or 2nd
They were more expensive for some and cheaper for others pretty much ballanced out
Ive hunted CO. Ya they got a bunch of elk but the bull to cow ratio is way,way
screwed towards cows. Also almost every bull Ive seen down there was something I wouldnt shoot here most years. If you want anything older than a 2 year old you have to pull a tag that as a non res takes years for even a crappy unit. Ive got 4 CO points and still cant get into a unit with a realistic chance at a bull like Ive shot the last couple years here. If you want to see hunting pressure go to CO, then talk to me about hunting pressure. LOL
Like Top said MT's $982 gets you elk, deer, upland bird, and season fishing. CO's $586 gets you get a hunting licese and an elk tag. Deer is another 300. Its actually more if you apply for a premium tag.
Also the other western states Screw you over on the cost of Moose, sheep and goats. Some staes dont even let Non Res apply. MT does.
Ok Top I gotta disagree with just about everything you said.
First FWP DIDNT introduce turkeys to the Flathead. A local Dr. did. Second its an open unit. Problem is no one will let you hunt. I hunt up there. The reason they limit tags in some areas is usually
1.due to landowner tolerance i.e no one will let people hunt so the limit the number of hunters to allow a decent hunt and the landowners are not bombarded by people calling or knocking.
2. most of the birds live on private land which brings us back to #1
Walleye in Canyon Ferry are exhibiting the classic boom bust cycle that wester waters where they are not native typically go through. They start off really big and then stunt themselves out. They were illegally introduced into that water. The Missouri River above GF is mananaged as a cold water fishery not a warm water one. I know dozens of people who dont walleye fish there anymore cause all you catch are 10" walleye. Now they are bitching to FWP to make the fish bigger
Believe it or not FWP isnt pro wolf for the most part. They dont have many options until recently. That count is way more accurate than you think. Im getting a kick out of all the people down here who have been saying the woods a crawling with them. Yet the season is still open and no one can find any. Wolves cover HUGE amounts of country. Most wolf sigthings are the same wolf/wolves in a different area. Also there are thousands of numnuts out there who cant tell a wolf from a coyote.
Anyway, I 100% think an increase in resident license fees are over due. Its hard to manage anything when your operating budget stays the same but all expense keep increasing. Paying high Non resident fees is part of the game. If you dont like it dont play. Your license cost is pretty small when all the costs are tallied.