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.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...