Managed Hunts: Selection Process

Weighted random drawing increases the odds for future managed hunts

Each time you apply for a managed hunt but are not drawn you will earn one preference point. The next time you apply, either this year or some year in the future, your name will be entered into the drawing—once for the current application year and once for each preference point. If you’re not drawn again, you’ll earn another preference point and all your points will automatically be used the next time you apply.

You will continue to accumulate preference points—one for each unsuccessful application year—until you are drawn. Every year you apply for a managed deer hunt the number of times your name will be entered into the drawing will equal your number of preference points plus one for the current application year. When you are drawn for a hunt, your preference points total goes to zero.

You do not have to apply for a managed hunt every year to keep your points. Your points are valid for your lifetime whether you enter the drawing each year or not, and the system will remember how many points you have and will store them until the next time you apply.

While your odds of being drawn will increase as you accumulate preference points, luck still plays an important role. It’s possible that someone with no points will be drawn over someone who has preference points. However, your odds of being drawn increase with each point you earn.

This drawing process gives all hunters a chance to be drawn for a hunt each year. However, hunters with preference points will have a statistical advantage.

Hunting Party Preference Points

A hunting party’s preference points are averaged for each draw. For example, if the individual preference points of four hunters are 0, 5, 5, and 6, their averaged preference points for the draw is 4.

Important: Don’t Lose Points

Some hunters may have more than one Conservation I.D. number. Preference points will be stored by Conservation I.D. number, so be sure you use the same number each year you apply. If applying online, print your confirmation page and save it for future reference.

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