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Draw dates getting earlier?

I was looking through the "news" section, and noticed all the application deadlines that are looming.  That got me wondering, why so early?

It seems that they are getting earlier every year.  I am thinking maybe that some of the hunts that have early deadlines are ones that need more planning, so that will give the applicant and winner more time?

Just seems so soon.  Whaddya all think?

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I havent really noticed the

I havent really noticed the dates in other states because i havent applied out of state(yet). In Oregon they havent changed for atleast 15 years, for spring bear the apps need to be in by Feb 10 and result are avalible on the 20th, then for all other big game animals the apps need to be in by May 15th and in the book it says results and postcards are mailed out by the 20th of June by i always look online and they are usally there during the first week of june. When are the Cali draws? Good luck to everyone putting in for the draws.

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You're just getting older and

You're just getting older and time is passing faster.  In all the states that I have applied for this year nothing has changed.  The states are Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.  I just wished that they would do the drawings earlier so that more plans could be made. 

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Okay, maybe they haven't

Okay, maybe they haven't changed so much, but you didn't answer my other question.  Why so early???

I would think states would need a little time to reflect on the last season, adjust numbers of tags based on kills, etc. 

Geez, some of the last Colorado seasons are just 2 months past or so.

 

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The majority of the DOW's

The majority of the DOW's won't set the tag numbers until May.  So a tag that you put in for last year might not be available this year even if the guide book says it is.  This happend to me quite a few years ago.  I put in for a antelope tag and then when the tag numbers came out there were no non-resident tags available.  You just have to play their game. 

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See, and that's my point. 

See, and that's my point.  Why go through all this effort to have people apply, when you have not even assessed the last season yet?????

 

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OK then how about scheduling

OK then how about scheduling vacation time or aranging for an outfitter if needed?  Not to mention checking out your hunting areas.  If you wait until too late in the year you are going to be crimped for time.  Back when I was working I needed to put in for the next years vacation by the end of November and would just hope that the seasons had been set.  I just wished that the game and fish departments would let us get the applications in and drawn by the end of March just so that plans could be made sooner.

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There you go, that's what I

There you go, that's what I was looking for. lol

I figure it takes more to plan a trophy elk hunt, versus me just chasing local mulies out here.  I was just curious.

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Everywhere I apply has been

Everywhere I apply has been consistent for as long as I can remember. I may seem early but the sooner the better for me. It's a lot easier to plan when you know where your going. The only thing that gets me is when the deadline is in one month and you don't get the results for 2 or in some cases almost 3 months later. I'm pretty sure thier computers work a little faster than that.

You're probably just learning about new states and the different deadlines they all have.

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We just had a major change

We just had a major change the last couple years .Our draw hunt deadline was Dec 31, and the draw was done last week,supposed to give time for planing. Before the deadline was in the spring with the draw in mid summer, with seasons starting Aug 10, it didn't leave much time.

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I can see that, but it's

I can see that, but it's funny, our deadline down here in California is June 2nd.

However, we actually have a couple hunts that start in July, so that's a pretty quick turnaround.

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