There is no offseason. Some of you may not be ready to think about hunting already, but if you’re sitting on your laurels, daydreaming instead of researching, you’ll have already missed the Alaskan big game drawings and are about to miss the Wyoming elk, Arizona elk and antelope draws. Before you know it, spring will have passed you by and you’ve already missed all your chances at a limited tag throughout the west.
Others are simply intimidated by the whole process. In your state you just go buy a license when you’re ready to hunt. There is no application, no limitation to the number of tags for an area, so the whole concept of lotteries, preference points, applications, deadlines and drawing odds is very foreign. But applications are just that: foreign. This may be a foreign language, but it’s not rocket science or paleo-archae-crypto entomology (whatever that is). There’s some lingo or jargon that you may not be familiar with, but you can always look up an answer or ask for help.