Originally Posted by bigngreen
The reason, I think, that the wolf tag is so much more for a non resident is the fact that the wolf is classified as a big game animal thus more value is placed on the tag.
If they were able to classify it as a predator you would see a different pricing for sure. Mt lion tags are way more expensive than wolf tags and they seem to be running the wolf harvest like the Mt lion so the tag isn't really that bad when considered in relationship to other big game predators.
Remember Idaho and MT are trying to stay as conservative as they can so as to not loose the wolf hunt in the courts, Wy has the best plan on the ground but it looks to aggressive in court.
The idea is that we hunters will start looking at the wolf as another sporting opportunity some day. I don't think that we will, but that's what they think. Non-residents on wilderness hunts should have to pony up the coin if they want a wolf tag. I bet their guide will have one in his pocket and even though it's a grey area, I bet the guide will fill his tag if wolves are spotted. As far as non-resident backcountry hunters getting a better deal? That's total bs. We live out here, pay taxes here and generally make huge sacrifices in pay by living here. We deserve first crack at hunting opportunities and we deserve it for cheap.
They were getting pretty worried last season when the high numbers of wolves were getting killed on early season backcountry hunts. They had to shut the wolf season down in those areas because originally they wanted the front-country wolves to get knocked down.
I see more and more every year, and if you remember, last season I wounded one and another guy with me wounded another. Never could find them. I saw at least 20 wolves last year, more than I'd seen in all my years combined. Just some food for thought. Go get em! I never thought in a million years that I would see wolves while able to kill them but I was into them more than once, it is unreal. What's really unreal is the numbers of them that have been shot from planes and helis by FWP, in the Dillon area alone. There are tons of them out there and it's nice to have the right to shoot them.