Basic inventory fraud for a state big game management agency would be incredibly easy in comparison to department store managers who do it all the time by padding the sales and inventory data.. The big game agency has the capacity to manipulate inventory data, and they can manipulate harvest data.. This accomplishes convincing the hunting public that hunting’s exceptional in the agencies big game store, so they sellout the tags. Then the agency pads the success rate because they have the harvest reports..I suspect IDFG is not selling out on non resident elk tags.. And I know why. Because they aren’t fooling us all.. I’m a resident.
Thats me about five days ago, the lousy hunter..Up around 8,200′ elevation..Thats rattler back in the trees..And the lab is Ranger.
There is no way to audit them because they are a governmental agency.. No other governmental agency is going to expose them because they are a brotherhood of masons.. If there was an audit the IDFG would be cleared of cooking the numbers because the investigation team would clear them. Same as when a dirty cop is protected by the State Attorney Generals office. basically IDFG gets away with it. A private study of this problem gets no recognition.. Its the same old line of BS they throw at anyone trying to expose governmental corruption, they scream, taunt and mock with conspiracy theorist.. Its impossible to check IDFGs inventory..
Nobody is going to track down every hunter and validate whether they harvested that elk or not.. All of the harvest report data is either done on line or mailed in.. A lot of guys don’t even bother with it.. Its mandatory but is not enforced.. So someone could easily fill out the reports how they want them to reflect the harvest data and it looks great for IDFG if it is a high success rate.. Thats what they’re showing. Elk hunting is better than it has ever been in Idaho according to IDFG.. And unfortunately when this is what a lot of gullible people want to see they won’t consider anything else. I can’t prove it, but they’re lying about elk herd populations numbers and harvest numbers..
People cheat in everything they do in this world.. Big game management is not immune to this problem..Big game management like everything else around us involves big money, big salaries, and career advancement into bigger better higher paying positions in government.. It is corporate just like everything else is.. Failure of any kind is unacceptable. Its interesting that while IDFG claims the same high elk numbers of the past they have cut the elk hunting opportunities by a large percentage as shown by comparing for example a 1995 hunting regulations manual to a 2015-16 manual. And any clients grumbling about the lousy hunting, well they’re just lousy hunters..
They’re lousy as hell at inventory fraud and I’m damned sick of them. Just sick of it. I get around out there in some deep back country and while the deer are impressing me those elk aren’t any where close to what they once were.