Been talking to some people about the upcoming sheep proposals before the Board of Game at the statewide meeting in January, plus our org has one in for the interior meeting in March.
Well it could be things have finally come to a head with the Board and they recognize something has to change, but still they are reluctant I think to hit nonresidents with all draw-only sheep hunt opportunities and limit that to something like 10-15% of opportunity.
So what I'm hearing is possibility of revising our SDA law, similar to what has been proposed in the past by us and others, take the "mechanization" out of sheep hunting, stop the scouting and harassment going on with super cubs, etc.
So here's the idea, and would like to hear other's thoughts: A 48-hour time frame, or a 2-mile straight line distance, before one can harvest a sheep after landing.
24 hours is on the table too but I don't think it's enough.
In the past the Board has shot down these type of proposals saying they are unenforceable. But hey, technically a whole lot of things are unenforceable. The reality is that 90% of people obey the law and regs, whatever they are.
Imagine the difference across the board though if those accessing sheep country via plane had to wait 48 hours after landing before they could harvest, or had to be at least two miles from the plane before harvesting. Bye bye draw tags I think after a few years, more full curl rams out there for all, better sheep conservation, put the "fair" back in fair-chase sheep hunting and curb all the abuses going on and make sheep hunting work better for everyone, the hunters, managers, and sheep.