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>You guys are way over thinking
>it. The less bulls you
>shoot counting spikes, means more
>bulls that survive which means
>more bulls, that is so
>simple to understand.
It's not that simple.
You cannot just let bull numbers grow and grow and grow each year and only skim the cream off the top with only harvesting a handful of them with LE tags.
It's like water tricking into a barrel through a hose and only a staw drawing it out.
We have definitely expired our best day's and it's time for some kind of change. In an area of the wasatch this year that i have hunted for most of my life, opening weekend LE elk hunt i can count on one hand how many cows we saw, and yet two or three hands of mature bulls, all average or below average bulls.
There are too many junk bulls and not near enough cows for them.
So what's your idea's, abolish spike hunts and open more mature bull tags?
I really don't think Utah's herds can handle what Idaho does, simply because of our extremely high hunting population of people.
Nor can they over grow the herds by saving 90% of the elk to grow a 10% "trophy" based herd, the cattlemen and sheepmen won't allow it to happen.