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My problem is all the fall

My problem is all the fall hunts in different states.  I start here in Colorado with archery deer and elk then head to Utah for a muzzle loader deer hunt the end of September then a elk hunt in Utah then back here to Colorado for another elk hunt and then hopefully to Arizona for a deer hunt.  That should take me up to the middle of December.  It's a good thing that I didn't draw any other tags. 

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I like how wyoming and utah

I like how wyoming and utah put out their results fairly quick so one can start a game plan if they draw/don't draw. Oregon and idaho are slow for putting out there results so it gets kinda frustrating sometimes. I'm wondering what I'm going to do one of these days when I draw two sweet tags that run the same time frame

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fire5179 wrote:

I like how wyoming and utah put out their results fairly quick so one can start a game plan if they draw/don't draw. Oregon and idaho are slow for putting out there results so it gets kinda frustrating sometimes. I'm wondering what I'm going to do one of these days when I draw two sweet tags that run the same time frame

 

I hate how OR waits so long to post results, it kinda slows down my planning process.

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Here in Michigan, we have

Here in Michigan, we have preference points for bear and elk drawings but they are done differently. With the bear drawing, if you don't get drawn you earn a preference point toward the next years draw. You can also just purchase a preference point each year and not be in the drawing. There are three hunt periods with the fewest available tags in the first period which requires the most points to be drawn. Since there are many hunting units, what it takes to be drawn varies by unit, from about 4 to 8/9 for first period.

Elk, however is like a raffle drawing. You earn a preference point every year you apply but like raffle drawings, you simply have more tickets in the barrel. It doesn't mean that you will get drawn at some point in time. In fact I know people that were drawn the first time they applied and a friend of mine has been drawn twice.  Of course there are about 30,000 applications for less than 400 tags!!!.  Still and all, most people I talk to think that system stinks even though the DNR claims it is fair.

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Yeah they work their system a

Yeah they work their system a little different than how Oregon does. I'm with you not a fan on how it's going down in Michigan.

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I like the system for most

I like the system for most parts excepthen you are in the postion I am in.  Not enough points for a preium area and too many to blow on a sub par area.

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Goose, I'm sitting in the

Goose,

I'm sitting in the same position as you with my preference points for Oregon. I could get a deer and antelope tag but not the ones that I'm wanting. Sometimes it gets tougher as the years go by to keep holding out for that unit you want when you have not had a tag for several years.

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fire5179 wrote:

Goose,

I'm sitting in the same position as you with my preference points for Oregon. I could get a deer and antelope tag but not the ones that I'm wanting. Sometimes it gets tougher as the years go by to keep holding out for that unit you want when you have not had a tag for several years.

 

I'm in the same boat, with elk I have to many to blow on an average hunt but not enogh for the premium hunt i want

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I love preference points!  It

I love preference points!  It gives some sort of order and predictability to the system which I think is much better than a random draw year in and year out.  I want to be able to look at past draw results and see what my chances are so that I can better forecast my future hunts and get an idea of when I'll be able to go on what hunt.  

Of course, it isn't an exact science, but I honestly don't even apply in states that don't offer points.  I also don't apply in states that force you to fork over the full price of the tag with the application even though you are only applying for a point in the first place.  I'm not in to giving out free loans.  

They obviously do cost more than simply applying for a tag, but most of the points are pretty reasonable with the exception of sheep and perhaps moose in Wyoming.  Those are a little pricey, but not much I can do about it.  They offer some of the best hunting in the country and there aren't many other options out there for a DIY guy like myself.  

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