When Wyoming and Alaska and Montana doubled their NR tag prices it didn't reduce demand. Nevada elk tags are $1200 and you're in it for thousands in license costs before you ever sniff drawing one. Simply raising tag prices doesn't curb demand, limiting tags and making hunters choose where they want to hunt curbs demand and spreads pressure. Now, you want to reduce NR pressure long term? Wait til the economy tanks and you'll see a drop in NR pressure in pretty short order.
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A little over a decade ago it was a roughly 50/50 chance of drawing a non-resident combo tag in Montana. After the price increase (about $400) it became nearly 100% draw odds up until 2 years ago. How does this not support a reduction in demand? Montana is going to see the odds of drawing an elk, deer or combo license plummet to 40-50% after the changes in Idaho. Idaho will certainly see a significant drop in non-resident tag revenues. I will be curious to see how much. I don’t really care about Idaho but I’m not excited about the effect this will have on Montana.
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