As I'm now at a spot where I've started applying out of state for other game species out west, I had a recent thought about the Florida quota system and thought I'd bring up for discussion since I'm on year 2 of unsuccessful turkey applications, as a resident.
First, is there somewhere that one could go to find the quota draw info, specifically the total quotas available, quota numbers per WMA, total applications, total applications by residency and then success by residency to calculate draw odds.
What I'm getting at is trying to figure out how many tags are available and how many are consumed by resident vs. non-resident, especially in the spring turkey season where we have a 'coveted' turkey here. Almost all western states put a cap on non-resident tag allocations (most ~10% max) that can be passed out within the state. I'm just curious if Florida's numbers show that we're 95% resident applications and success in the quota or if we're more like 75% or less resident permits issued.
While I realize there is a 'revenue' aspect to this, it seems that the western states put more emphasis on their residents but allow a portion to be obtained by non-residents. Can/should Florida do the same (if we're not already). Allocate 10% max tags to non-residents total and per quota? Depending on the application statistics I'd even think you could split a certain % to a guide pool and the remainder into an open pool (or some ratio thereof) to keep the guides that are on public land happy too.
For round numbers, call it 2000 available permits throughout the state for the spring so only 200 are available to non-residents total. A quota hunt might have only 20 permits for that hunt, so there are only 2 available to non-residents. If 2 non-residents have already filled the available 10% for that hunt, they have to move on down their selection list to another hunt that has non-resident availability. If the 200 numbers has already been filled for the entire spring quota, and even though a hunt might have available 'non-resident' availability, they cannot pull the tag and will have to wait until next year.
Will it cause point creep for a non-resident...sure. But it's no worse than the point creep that I'm experiencing out west or, for that matter, in my own home state as a resident. I guess it just boils down to I'm curious who is getting the permits (by residency)