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GRT
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Need a question answered...

...if you folks have a moment.

My buddy and I aren't new to the CO point system, but we've just taken PPs and purchased leftover tags or OTC in the past as a means of building our point balances.  Now we have a few and it raises a question...

If I have 5 points and turn in my preferred hunt codes as follows:

13 point unit [still just fishing for a PP]

5 point unit

3 point unit

We know that we won't draw 1st choice [so we'll get another point].  We won't lose all our points until we draw first choice sometime in the future, but can our points help us land that 2nd choice?

Thanks for the help.

 

GRT

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Bad news

Sorry to deliver bad news, but you are waisting your 2nd and 3rd choices.  Preference points are only used and only count for the 1st choice draw.  In order to have a chance at drawing a license on your 2nd and 3rd choices, there have to be licenses left over after everyone who applied for that license as a 1st choice has to get a license.  Therefore, if you choose a license that requires any preference points for your 2nd and 3rd choices, you do not have a chance of drawing that license.  After the 1st choice licenses are distributed, the 2nd and 3rd choice license distributions are supposed to be entirely random.  If you look at your Big Game Brochure, licenses will have a "*" after Sex that were available as leftovers after last years draw.  This is a good place to start to figure out your strategy for your second and third choices.  Also, you can dig a littler further in the Statistics on the CDOW website to get a better idea of your chances of getting one of those licenses on your 2nd or 3rd choice.

I think I got this mostly right, and if I messed something up, I am sure we can count on someone to correct me. 

GRT
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That's kind of what we were

That's kind of what we were thinking, just wanted someone else to say it so we could believe it, thanks for the response.

GRT

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You're welcome!  Good luck!

You're welcome!  Good luck!

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Everything he said sounds

Everything he said sounds exactley right. The only thing I can add but does not affect preference points itself is to not forget that with the new hybrid system in some of the high demand units that require 10 or more points, after the 5 points that you mentioned you do have a chance of drawing. Even if it takes 13 points like you said a few people can draw with far less.

Theunits that qualify are on page 4 of the new book.

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