I don't know about the rest of you but I spend copious amounts of time looking at draw odds, harvest statistics, and whatever other information I can find. I have a tendency of making fancy spreadsheets to track my research and my hunt choices. Each application tends to change right up to the point where I submit payment and move on to the next state.
I went into the 2015 draws with points in Utah, Colorado and Nevada. I elected to buy my 5th preference point for deer in Colorado because I am doing graduate school online and my oldest brother is building his new house this year. Maybe in 2016 we can get our schedules in order and slip away to Colorado.
– Mountain Goat (11 bonus points)
– Limited Entry Elk (13 bonus points)
– Limited Entry Deer (2 bonus points)
– Bull Moose (1 bonus point)
– Bison (1 bonus point)
– General Season Deer (preference point only)
Even though I knew the odds were not in my favor it still hurt to get my unsuccessful email.
I didn't have very many points so I mostly guessed what hunts to apply for in Nevada. I just looked at draw odds and harvest statistics, and based my choices on numbers and the opinions of a few co-workers.
-Buck Deer (2 bonus points)
-Buck Antelope (2 bonus points)
-Bull Elk (1 bonus point)
-Cow Elk (1 bonus point)
-Desert Bighorn Sheep (1 bonus point)
I was absolutely shocked when I drew my 1st choice buck antelope tag for any weapon (132-134, 245).
Now it is time to spend some time at the rifle range.