Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Approximate Dates for Lotteries, Applications, and Regulations

Approximate Dates for Lotteries, Applications, and Regulations

SeasonApproximate Dates
Applications Available
Approximate
Lottery Dates
Approximate Dates
Regulations Available
Spring Light GooseEarly FebruaryN/AEarly February
Spring TurkeyLate JanuaryEarly MarchEarly March
Moose, Elk, Bighorn SheepEarly-mid MarchMid-late AprilEarly-mid April
Deer Gun, Muzzleloader, & Youth DeerEarly-mid MayEarly-mid JulyEarly-mid July
Fall TurkeyEarly-mid JuneLate JulyLate July
Pronghorn (** - If Season is Authorized)**Late July**Late August**Early-mid August
SwanLate JulyLate AugustEarly September in Waterfowl Guide
FishingN/AN/AEarly March, every two years
Small GameN/AN/AEarly-mid August
FurbearerN/AN/AEarly-mid August
WaterfowlNonresident apps late MayN/AEarly-mid September
 

How The Weighted Lottery Works

What species are covered by the weighted lottery? 
First lotteries for deer gun, muzzleloader deer, pronghorn, swan, and spring and fall wild turkey.
How does the one-year grace period affect an applicant's eligibility?
An applicant can miss applying for a year without losing points; however, the applicant loses bonus points by failing to apply for two consecutive years.
How do bonus points accrue in the weighted lottery?
An applicant unsuccessful in drawing his or her first choice permit in the first lottery this year receives a bonus point for next year's lottery. See the following table:  (Note that in years 2, 3 and 4, the points are doubled; and, for years 5 and beyond, they are cubed to increase the applicant's chances of drawing a permit.)
Number of Times Applicant's Name Goes Into The Weighted Lottery
Year Bonus
points
Multiplier + Current year's
application
=Total times
your application
goes in lottery
(year 1)0-+1=1
(year 2)1x 2+1=3
(year 3)2x 2+1=5
(year 4)3x 2+1=7
(year 5)4cubed+1=65
(year 6)5cubed+1=126
In the previous example isn't the applicant guaranteed a permit in year four or five?
No. There is no guarantee. The lottery is a random drawing. In most cases when an applicant reaches this point he or she is likely to draw a permit. However, for some licenses, particularly antlered mule deer, where demand for tags vastly exceeds supply, many applicants have the same number of bonus points and thus, even for those with many points, there is considerable competition.
Why do applications ask for a social security number and do I have to give it?
Yes. State law requires social security numbers on all license applications in order for the state to receive human services funding from the federal government. 
To keep track of my bonus points in the last few years I used the bonus-point-ID number issued by the department instead of my social security number. How do I keep from losing those points?  Contact the department's licensing section and they will make sure to give you those points accrued under the previous number system. 
If I receive a permit for my second choice license, do I lose my bonus points?
No, bonus points apply only to first choice in the first lottery.
If I have bonus points and apply with a party, how does this affect me?
On party applications the person with fewest points sets the level for the entire application. Applicants with more bonus points than others in the party have a better chance applying separately.

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