Hunting Lottery Results Down
The most pivotal day of a big game hunter’s year, and sometimes of his or her outdoor lifetime – license drawings for bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat -- was April 28. The bison priority list ranking was also held.
Results of the drawings will be available on the Game and Fish Department Web site and at G&F offices May 3 at 8 a.m. Licenses will also be mailed May 3 and refund checks and preference point and bison ranking letters will be mailed May 5.
Of the 2,940 residents applying for both moose and bighorn sheep, 10 lucky – or maybe too lucky if their vacation time is tight – drew both. None of the 295, nonresidents applying for both received both.
This year 910 moose licenses were issued – 769 to residents and 141 to nonresidents. Residents will receive 177 bighorn sheep licenses and nonresidents 59. There are 16 mountain goat licenses with 12 staying in the Cowboy State and four going outside.
“With hunters knowing the outcome of this drawing in early May, they will have plenty of time to decide their elk, deer and antelope plans before the May 31 limited quota deadline for those species,” said Tom Rowe, Game and Fish Department license draw supervisor.
There are no leftover moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses.
Hunt year 2004 is the 10th anniversary of moose and bighorn sheep drawings under the preference point system, where 75 percent of the license quota is drawn from hunters with the highest number of points . The maximum number of points a hunter could accrue to date is 10. Rowe reports 191,941 preference points have been accumulated to date by nearly 40,000 hunters. In the latest application period, 15,733 bighorn sheep points and 22,503 moose points were added to unsuccessful applicants. By drawing licenses this year, 1,863 bighorn and 5,426 moose preference points were deleted from successful applicants.
One quarter of the moose and bighorn sheep quota is issued by random draw, without respect to preference points. In the recent bighorn sheep drawing, six applicants were successful with no points and nine drew a license with the maximum points.
“While points are not a factor in the random drawing, it is interesting to note how long the successful applicants have been applying,” Rowe said. “The nine applicants with maximum points, while unsuccessful in the preference point drawing where they had maximum advantage, were successful in the draw where everyone’s chance is equal.”
Rowe reminds unsuccessful moose and bighorn sheep applicants to look at their refund check stub to make sure the number of preference points listed is correct. Hunters who opted to buy a preference point will receive a letter in May listing their point total. If hunters think the preference point statement is incorrect, they should call the G&F at (307) 777-4600.