I've already put in for a point on July 1st, and will apply for a 2nd one plus a general tag application for a elk tag for a 2009 hunt. I have a hunting partner who is a resident that asked me to come out his way. We met on a elk hunt in Idaho that we did for 2 weeks in the Clearwater area.
I had a great time and am looking forward to sharing the campfire with him and a couple others if I'm luckey enough to get drawn.
Please pardon my ignorance, does the WY point system operate that you have to have x number of points to hunt a certain area or is it like AZ where the more points you have the more times you're name goes in the hat to get drawn?
Preference Points vs. Bonus Points----Preference Points will give you preference over those with less points than you have and the ones with the most points will be guaranteed to draw before those with less points. When 100 people have the same amount of points and there is only 50 tags, they put their 100 names in the computer and it works like a lottery, 50 will draw a tag and 50 won't. The ones that don't draw will be awarded a point for next year, unless, like in Wyoming, you have to pay extra for a PP.
Bonus Points will give you another chance in the draw, for example if one person has 5 BP and another only has 1 BP, the person with 5 BP will get 5 chances and the person with 1 BP will only get one, so it is possible to draw your first year with the BP system and people with more BP's than them might not draw. In Utah, Maximum BP holders will get half of the tags for that LE or Premium Entry area and the other half of the tags go into the lottery for everyone who has applied to get a chance at.
Wyoming's draw works a little different, as 75% percent of the tags go to the top point holders and 25% of them are put into the lottery for everyone to get a chance at.
Colorado has PP's for everything but on Sheep, Goat and Moose after you receive 3 PP's you earn a weighted point and that will better your odds for the next draw. Even though every year people draw sheep, goat and moose tags in Colorado with no weighted points and people with 5-6 weighted points don't draw...so it's still the luck of the draw.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...