I saw this on another forum and decided to 'poach' it and get some feedback from folks. This is from Don Peay, founder of SFW, lets stick to the pros/cons of the idea, not make it a slam SFW fest please:
I like it, in fact I would love to see the elk managed under a similar plan as well.The DWR is going to review deer managment plans in 2008 for 2009-2015.
Here is an idea i would like some feedback on.
If 30% of the customers want black shoes, and 70% want white shoes, would stores supply 90 Black shoes ?
Taking a step back, what if the state surveyed all of Utah's deer hutners and asked them this question.
If Utah made two different kinds of deer hunts, pick which one you would want. Type A will be managed for 15-12 bucks per 100 Does post season. Type B will be managed for 35 bucks post season. If you pick a unit within Type A, you can probably hunt most every year. If you apply for a unit in type B, you will draw a tag every 4 years or so. If you apply for Units in A, you can NOT apply for hunts in Units B. And Vice Versa.
Then, if 60% of the hunters want Units Type A, the 60 percent of Utahs deer units are managed for 15-20. And 40% want type B, 40% are managed for 35. The main key would be to try and manage the product produced, with the desire of the customers.
Right now in Utah, about 10% of the units are managed for higher quality and 90% are managed for general season. This is NOT A good match for what Utah deer hunters want. Some want more opportunity, some want more quality. Neither one is right, it is a simple matter of personal preference.
The other major isssue under Utah's Current System is that everyone can put in for the super quality, thus making the drawing odds very long. When the hunter wanting higher quality doesn't draw, they don't hunt. When the causual hunter doesn't draw, they are happy hunting lower quality units, maybe not happier, but tolerant.
Under the future System, you would have to pick Type A or Type B, and stick with that choice for say a five year period.
This approach does not discriminate based on money, but asks hunters to choose what they really want. However, in fairness to the DWR, if Type B units require a 3/4 reduction in the number of hunters, the price for that unit would probably have to triple - go from $40 to $120 or so.
What are the thoughts on this approach ?
The second questoin then becomes, which units go into Type A, and Type B. The answer should proably be a fair distribution of Units A and B geographically throughout the state.