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Moose preference point system in Colorado

Well I have 13 points now for a moose. What I can't figure out is how many it will probably take before I get my moose licence for Colorado area 161. Anyone out there have a clue? I wish they would publish how many points someone had when they actually got their licence. Do you know if we all get thrown into the same pool or have they segregated it so people with more points are more apt to draw now????

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The way that I understand the

The way that I understand the moose point system is that you have to have 3 points to get put into a bonus point system to be able to draw.  So if I understand it right you have only 10 bonus points that are put into the draw for a liminited number of tags with all the other hunters that put in for that unit.  So it all depends on the luck of the draw now.  It could be next year or even another 10 years down the road. 

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That's right

You will never, ever be guaranteed to draw the tag.  Your odds increase every year because each bonus point gives puts your name in the hat one additional time, but so what, it does that to everyone else.  But, if it makes you feel any better, most people draw the tag in 10-15 years, even though their odds are only about 1% each year.  With the bonus points, it does kind of makes sense that you should draw in less than 20 years.

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In another 20 years I'll be a

In another 20 years I'll be a old man. To bad.

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You'll be an old man, in

You'll be an old man, in another 8 years I'll need someone to push me around in a wheel chair to shoot the moose. But I'll still enjoy it.

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I've always told hunters if

I've always told hunters if they really want to hunt a moose then they need to go somewhere that they can buy the tag over the counter.  While it may be nice to be able to hunt them in your home state the chances are quite low for you to really draw that tag. 

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Well we moved here 16 years

Well we moved here 16 years ago. My brother-in-law (who now lives out of state) has a cabin in the mountains on 160 acres. 16 years ago we were lucky to even see a moose. Now you have to be careful when out walking or hunting as we have a moose explosion in population. It started out with a cow moose adopting the property as her nursery. I think now her daughters are also calving here. Last year during 2nd season we counted 9 moose in one day on the property and of those 9, 5 were bulls. We lost the big bull about 5 years ago, but we were lucky enough to find both sides of his sheds about 7 years ago. He was 14 points on one side and 12 on the other. We always called him Bullwinkle. Now (probably his sons) we have an abundance of moose and during mating season we really get a show. I have my eye on one of the bulls and he is getting up to the "Bullwinkle" size. Just wish I would get my permit so I could enjoy the harvest of one of these magnificent creatures.

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