I'd imagine its because of paper applications, which are time consuming to load into a program. Wouldn't surprise me if they did away with paper apps eventually to speed things up. They also want the draw done early enough in the year so that people can plan their vacation/hunt.
So, why it takes so long to get that done is partly because we have seasons going on until the end of January. They have to compile and analyze harvest stats and population surveys, then model the population. And there's a lot more than just elk populations to analyze. The Commission probably doesn't want to have to meet every week (they have real jobs too) during the winter to approve this stuff piecemeal. Once the quotas are approved, this all happens pretty quickly now, pretty much two draws per week after that May meeting.
In the spring of 2007 I was the unfortunate recipient of an injury cause by a damaged carbon arrow that shattered on release of the arrow. I was in the yard going to take a few practice shots before dinner and the second arrow is the one that did the damage. That day will forever be burned in my mind. After I release what happened I made mistake #2 I pulled the tail shaft of the arrow out of my hand causing more damage.
Thank goodness that my wife was home and was able to...