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UNDERSTANDING THE DRAW BY DAVID HOSHOUR Draw Types First, let’s review the basic types of drawings for tags – preference point, bonus point and random. With preference points, those with the most points win, second draw gives everyone a chance. States vary greatly in how many tags are given out in the first draw vs. the second. See the Draw Type table for information on that and a lot more. bonus points give extra draw chances and random draws are just that. Colorado In point-based draws, applicants earn a point each year in which they has a hybrid draw for some high-demand hunts (80% of licenses are by preference were unsuccessful with their first choice. See the sidebar for other ways to points, 20% random) and a “weighted” draw for sheep, goat and moose. earn points. Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming have a second part of Which Draw Type is Best? the draw done immediately after their preference point draw (bonus points The random draw is the most fair in that everyone has an equal chance. in Arizona). All second draws in the West are random draws except for Utah’s, That doesn’t mean it’s the most popular because the odds are often very small, which is a bonus point draw. especially for trophy species where odds are often 1% or less. And, every year The point of these second draws is to give hope to applicants who know you have the same bad odds as before. that in preference point draws there is no chance to draw unless you have To address that, preference point draws came along to reward those who enough points and that can take several years for the best units, in extreme have put in the longest. While that makes the most sense for hunts taking less cases over 20 years. To keep people putting in and sending in those fees, the than 10 points to draw, the problem is that it can take 10, 15, even 20+ years to 7