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.
We hear more and more about giant bucks these days.
Hunters are on a mission, scurrying to and fro – and even from state to state - trying to find the “perfect” hunting area where big bucks abound and they are found chasing does at all hours of the day.
These properties exist but they are expensive to maintain and generally, very expensive to hunt!
Let’s look at possibilities closer to home – your land, your lease or land that you have permission to hunt!
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