Wouldn’t all areas not Limited-Entry be considered “General” and if so why would one need to build preference points in the General season?
Thanks in advanced…
Yeah, that is kinda what I'm asking... I already have one General-Season Buck Deer preference point, do I need another, and do I keep this point if I don't apply anymore in the future?
"They only give out a limited number of tags on the general units which is ironic but the way it is now."
That is exactly what I needed to know...
"There are some big barriers to climb to sort that all out."
Tell me about it...8^)
Last question, if I apply again for General-Season Buck Deer preference point, I'll then be setting on 2 preference points... How long can I set on them before they disappear, or do I continually have to annually apply and build just to keep them...
So many states, so many different regs, I can't keep them all straight...8^)
To fully understand the general deer tag it helps to know the history. This is what I know but correct me if I'm wrong, back in the day they were OTC for everyone. Then they started putting limits on how many tags were sold by regions (5?) and limiting rifle hunts to these regions. Archery tags were still good state wide back then. No drawing for these tags
At the same time Utah created a few limited draw deer units managed for trophy deer and made a draw system with bonus points for limited deer. so hunters started accruing deer bonus points.
Over time with declining deer herds these OTC tags would start to sell out fast (same day)in the better regions, and the total cap went lower. Finally they decided to break up the regions into units and actually manage the deer herds specifically. Archery tags also became unit specific. To fairly distribute these formerly OTC tags they created a separate general deer permit draw and preference points. And limited residents and non residents permits by units
That is why there are two deer categories , limited trophy units that use bonus points, and general deer with preference points. Currently a NR general archery deer tag can be drawn with 0 pp in most units