I've come to the realization that i am a hunter period. Weapon of choice makes no difference. My hunting obsession started with a 7 mag for mule deer. When that got seemingly "too easy" i started hunting deer and elk with a bow in '08. Last year i bought another 7 mag and will use any opportunity i can to hunt. Life is short and getting shorter with each passing year. I got no time to quibble over ones weapon of choice. Its kinda like i feel about the vaccine. You want to get it? Get it. You don’t? Don't. You want to hunt with a stick bow? Go for it. A compound? More power to ya. A primitive or modern muzzy? All good. Or none of the above and you want to hunt with spear or blow dart perhaps? Absolutely do it. Dawgs? Awesome! Or dont hunt at all, thats ok too! But dont try to tell others how they should hunt, or if they should hunt or not cuz i really don't GAF if ya know what i mean. This isn't in any way directed at you MNTC. You just provoked a few thoughtsFirst thing I thought of also. Wounding game. How many guys shooting compound bows can't put an arrow in the wheelhouse. Let alone a bunch of guys totally new to stick bows letting arrows fly at game. Can't recover the animal and off they go to try at another. Same can be said with other weapons. What good would your LR fancy rifle be if you couldn't scope it? 300 and in for experienced guys on open sights?
Someone mentioned a while back about having one bull elk opportunity a year for multiple states. I think that would be pretty interesting. Not sure how that would play out, but all the big time YouTube guys would have a fit!
Burn points to hunt would clear up a lot of issues. Total disaster the first 3-4 years I would bet, but it would settle down. Those 20 point units would go down to 7? And 7-10 point units down to 3. I know I, myself, couldn't not elk hunt for 7 years!
For me and my situation if I plan a mule deer hunt I am most likely not going to draw a elk tag as I put all emphasis on harvesting that animal. Only so much vacation and time to hunt, I would concentrate on that one species. Thats why I keep elk hunting and have 14 co mule deer points and have not deer hunting in 14 years. If I burn the deer points I will most likely sit out other species. Only so much scouting and prep you can do for one species let alone two or three. I take vacation and time away to scout also, so I'm successful. So there really isn't much available time for the "normal" guy to do it right in multiple states and multiple species. Especially if I draw a moose, goat, or sheep tag. Everything else goes on the back burner. My opinion of course.
So many different thoughts and opinions to go around. Not sure what the answer is but change will be coming. It's not going to please everyone but I would guess there is a common middle ground.