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A way to find out early if you drew a tag

I thought I would throw out a tip that I am really looking forward to using to this year. In certain states, one of the earliest ways you find out you drew a tag, is that your credit card gets charged for the tag soon after the drawing. I know a lot of you guys watch your credit card to see if it gets "hit". I found a feature on-line for my credit card where I set-up that each time my credit card is charged, I get a text on my cell phone about 3 seconds later. I can't wait for this year's draw since I'll know if my card gets hit only seconds after it happens!   Dancing

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It comes out right away in

It comes out right away in Colorado, because you pay here if you win or lose the draw. Then you get a refund later if you want one. You can also choose to get a left over tag if you check that box.

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Utah, Arizona and Nevada

Yep...some states you pay in advance (MT, CO, NM, ID, WY) some you pay after (OR), and some charge your card when you draw (AZ, NV, UT).  In Arizona, Nevada and Utah it should work.

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I like the idea of paying

I like the idea of paying when you get the tag. I wish Colorado was that way. I might apply for more tags if I didn't have to front all the money so the DOW can use it.

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I hear ya, but....

Still Hunter wrote:

I like the idea of paying when you get the tag. I wish Colorado was that way. I might apply for more tags if I didn't have to front all the money so the DOW can use it.

I hear ya, that would be nice and does seem "cheaper" to apply, but I'm not so sure it's the best thing in the long run.  

I personally live in a state (Oregon) that you pay after you draw.  The bad side of paying after you draw is everbody now applies for more hunts and all of the tags, including the "easier" to draw tags like deer and elk, got harder to draw.  So now you spend more non-refundable money for fewer tags drawn.

When they made that change in my home state Oregon all of the tags got harder to draw, especially sheep.  When you used to have to front the tag fee, there was a very good chance to draw a sheep tag your their lifetime if you stuck with it.  Now the odds run from about 1 in 100 to 1 in 300, so it takes 2 to 6 lifetimes of hunting to draw.  So now if a person applies their entire hunting life (for example 50 years @ $8 a year = $400), that money will mostly likely go down the drain and they will not get a sheep tag.

Colorado really has a pretty good drawing system and some great hunting to go along with it.  There are a few things I'd change in the draw system if it was up to me but overall its pretty good.

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You have a good point. Paying

You have a good point. Paying upfront does show you're serious.

If I could suggest anything to the DOW. I'd like to see automatic doe tags for 70+ resident hunters. Never going to happen though.

They give us a free fishing licence which is appreciated, but no consideration for seniors for hunting. I don't mind paying. Just let me hunt. I've been paying hunting fees for a long time. Throw us a bone. Even a little bone.

 

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First "Season" of the Year

I laugh every year around the end of May when the topic of casual conversation at the sports bar or post office is if you had any hits on the credit card.  The "card hunters" get as excited as if they had just snuck into range of a big tom turkey.  Funny thing is that at least here in Nevada I was finding out on line with the NDOW website almost as fast as the card hunters. 

One guy found a two edged blade with the card hit; he mentioned to his wife how he could find out early.  She had never paid much attention before but now she found out just how much he was spending on tag applications every year and now she has yet another justification for another trip to the mall.  "He" bought an absolutely devine hand bag and matching shoes last year and now wishes that "she" hadn't found out.

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