Just Crunching some numbers here thought they might be interesting to a few.... Yes im on the same kick as I have been about the out of state tags and here is a valid reason. Out of state guys are not going to stop coming here because we (the RESIDENTS) have turned this deer herd around in a hurry. So lets assume (yes i know what assuming does and ill be the as@ its ok) that there are going to be the same amount of out of state guys this coming season as there were last season with a 1 % increase in those numbers for this season as well. Based on the idnr webpage readings about the past deer season, out of staters comprised 2% of the total deer harvest (125,526 animals) that means that there were 2,511 tags sold (not including the ones that went unfilled) with a 1% increase in that number that means we will "sell" somewhere around, 2,536 out of state license. If the cost remains the same at 120.75 for one tag the DNR takes in 306,222.00. Common sense tells us to look at other big buck states and price around them so lets take a look at those ILLINOIS -250.00 IOWA-412.00 Montana-350.00 Kansas-320.00 So of the four big buck states that I chose the average for a non resident to hunt 1 deer is roughly 335 bucks. So lets say we charge 330 dollars for a non resident tag, selling 2,536 tags we bring in 849,560 dollars for a net gain of 543,338 a year. And thats only increasing 1% in tags. Alright lets take that 543,388 profit and difuse it into easing the cost of hunting for those of us who live in this state. 40 percent of the deer killed were tagged with annual hunting deer permits. that means the state sold 50,210 that were used. We all know the number of that is considerably more because there are unfilled tags out there. But lets just use that number for the sake of ease. 543,338/50210 = 10.82 dollars per tag. So if we maintained the same profit or close to it we could sell our resident tags for 15 bucks a piece and see a yearly growth in the revenue. Lets say we dont want to make it so drastic to make more money..... Sell them for 17.50 creating an even greater growth. People are more likely to purchase those tags if they can afford them. Thats my two cents and my Purdue Math degree rearing its ugly litte head. All you logic guys out there are saying well if we increase our out of state tags that much we could potentially see a decrease in the numbers of non-residents hunting this state. To that I say this. The number would have to drop by 36 percent for us to lose money, with the current resident prices at 24/tag; by increasing our state tags. I dont think thats going to happen with the deer we have been showing off to the states around us.