A couple of years ago when DFG started the Share hunts as a fund raiser, I was happy to put in for it. But last year, I called DFG to ask where the extra tags came from. The tags are not extra. DFG takes away from yearly "Public" quota and assigns them to the fund raiser. A typical California type approach. You might say not a big deal where A-Zone deer tags are 65K and are never filled. What about elk? For example, Northwestern elk hunt 483 either sex in 2015 was a quota of 30. In 2016 DFG divided that zone into two hunts 483 either sex quota 3 and 355 bull quota 15. What happened to the other 12 tags. Those tags went to the fund raiser. 10 bull, 20 anterless, and 3 jr total Share tags in 2015.
Now in 2019 there are 21 bull, 45 antlerless, and 6 jr hunts in the Share program. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to identify where those tags come from. They keep taking from the public and selling the tags to Share.
I am sure others have noticed this, not sure what can be done. But I will not put in for any Share Hunts ever again. They are selling what should have been public anyway.
Thanks for reading.