I managed to get the same thing as you. They didn't even make a license available for the unit that I applied for in the regular PP draw this year. Last year they had 3. It would be nice if they posted license allocations BEFORE the draw.
You had to have applied for 111, as from what I could see in the stats the last three years it had 0 and in 2011 and 2012 it had 3. The only other one that had no tags was unit 50 and it didn't have any in 2011 or 2012 either. Anyone who puts in for a unit that is that tight on tags is taking a real chance on having something like that happening. I would never try for a unit that has that few tags and usually less than a 10% chance to draw, but that's what makes the world go around! At least you're only out the $14 application fee.
The draw odds haven't always been that bad. A couple years ago I was the one guy in the group that didn't draw. I don't mind the long draw draw odds because I still get to hunt elk every year here but if they aren't going to have any tags available then they shouldn't allow you to apply for them. They are just pocketing your app fee.
I switch off between applying for 111 and 22/ the regular draw and the special draw. Right now im in a better position for a premium tag in wyoming than i am for a premium tag in colorado so I will wait for a premium tag and when I do draw I can expect to have a great hunt.
I have max points for deer as well but I will just be buying points for the next few years since I have some good colorado hunts coming up and only so much time off.
Which unit do you think is best for elk in wyoming? I want to hunt DIY so wilderness areas are out. In my opinion I think 22, 113, 16 and 124 are among the best units or at least that's what my friends in wyoming tell me. LOL.
I definitely agree with you that the computer should lock you out from applying if that unit doesn't even have a tag available because it's a $14 screwing like you stated. I have no idea what the best unit are for elk because there are good numbers in a lot of the units that aren't even talked about and the one I hunt is a good example. We're 9 for 10 on bulls on tags friends have drawn and none were below 285" and the best was 357 3/8" ( the one in my avatar). Please don't ask me where I hunt though, LOL!!!
As a Taxidermist I look at hundreds of Whitetail Bucks every year. I know that I have seen many different ways people judge the size of racks on live deer. I think for the most part they all are pretty close. I'm going to give you some measurements that I have noticed being right on in just about every deer. We have used it in the last couple years and have only been off by about 5-6 inches. We do study the deer while bowhunting so we get a little more time to look at them....