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From: sticksender
15-May-18
Colorado's 2018 draw stats for Sheep & Goat have been posted. The impact of eliminating up-front payment is a lot higher than I would've guessed.

- Sheep applications by residents increased from the prior year at 14,011 to 26,859 this year.

- Sheep applications by non-residents increased from the prior year at 3,728 to 14,134 this year.

- Mt Goat applications by residents increased from the prior year at 10,144 to 22,357 this year.

- Mt Goat applications by non-residents increased from the prior year at 1,951 to 11,054 this year.

Colorado had long been one of the few states in which a NR could be reasonably hopeful of someday drawing one of these species. That hope has been extinguished by one small policy change.

From: elkstabber
15-May-18
Thank you sticksender for the reality check. Maybe instead of applying for sheep draws across the West we should instead be playing the Lottery. Drawing a CO tag, even after many years, doesn't seem likely anymore.

From: iceman
15-May-18
Wow! Those stats are worse than I was expecting too.

From: sticksender
15-May-18
On the plus side, eliminating paper apps reduced ineligible applications from 149 the prior year, to 6 this year ;-)

From: elkstabber
15-May-18
What's more depressing is that many people were surprised by the $3 application fee this year. Next year more people will be aware of it. We may see the applications double next year.

From: sticksender
15-May-18
Desert Sheep applications also increased.

Resident apps went from 1,526 to 2,787.

And non-resident increased from 424 to 1,772 (there's 1 NR tag).

From: Trial153
15-May-18
That flat out sucks. They should have been looking or ways to mitigate point creek not increase it exponentially

From: PECO
15-May-18
Wow, that is totally insane!

From: Vids
15-May-18
Ouch, that stinks. Maybe the DPW needs to raise fees on these licenses to get the demand back down.

From: Orion
15-May-18
Weighted points will be totally worthless in three years as the sheer number of new and low point applicants will flood the system and draw a majority of the tags

From: cnelk
15-May-18
Moose apps will be even worse.

From: Treeline
15-May-18
CPW is laughing all the way to the bank.

Expect them to start raising application fees now that they have set the hooks on all these new suckers on the hook!

Keep gathering in more suckers and then raise application and point fees year after year with the promise of being eligible for a premium tag in only 3 years!

Along with raising fees on all species hunting licenses on residents this next year and continuing to allow unlimited non-resident elk tags...

They will be flush with cash in no time!

Will they reduce resident fees when they figure out that they have too much revenue?

From: Orion
15-May-18
There are already rumors that sheep and goat points will be nearing the 100 dollar mark shortly to be in line with Wyoming.

15-May-18
Sad to see but many western states are going this route in different variations.

If you play going forward you just have to accept the Random tag draws are your only hope. Accumulating points to gain a max point tag is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

I hate to say it but a better plan may be to work hard and save for a land owner tag.

From: Ermine
15-May-18
I said this from the get go. I never liked the new draw system. In a few years the odds will be so slim of drawing it will be about impossible. Sad deal. He problem is you don’t have the separation of serious and non serious people. Now that you don’t have to front the money non serious people apply. People that don’t truely care about the tag.

From: Pat Lefemine
15-May-18
Would be fine if Colorado handles points like Arizona. But given the 3 pt max + those ridiculous weighted preference points it’s almost pointless. I’ve been applying since 1990.

15-May-18
That is a crazy jump and will really blow the stats in a few years when they are all eligible.

Seems like New Mexico has the right idea with no point systems and just random draw.

From: Orion
15-May-18
I'm waiting for JRABQ and Idyll to tell us how weighted points are going to help

From: rideold
15-May-18
Wow. That's much bigger than I expected. Just based on the numbers the CPW pulled in almost $135,000 in application fees for the difference between last year and this year and almost $225,000 in total app fees. It's only going to be bigger when we see the deer and elk numbers. The $3 fee for applying may alone fill their funding gap!

From: Glunt@work
15-May-18
It's actually a little less than I expected but I'm guessing it will increase more. A lot of folks weren't even aware of the change until they applied this year. Next year we may see the full effect.

It was the obvious outcome.

From: Ambush
15-May-18
Here in BC it's all random draw for any species on draw. Seven bucks per entry, then buy the tag (or not) if drawn. The preference points system comes up every year after the draw and the inevitable bemoaning from the un-drawn. After watching many of the states/provinces points systems heading into "never gonna get to hunt" land, I'm happy to stay with random. I never plan my year around draws and only count them as a bonus.

From: JRABQ
15-May-18
Holy cripe, weep is right! Expected to see a bump in applicants, but that is depressing

From: YZF-88
15-May-18
Isn't this what Utah did about 10 years ago and crushed the NR odds?

From: Shrewski
15-May-18
Brutal.

From: Treeline
15-May-18
Cool thing in BC as a resident is that you can hunt most every species whether you draw or not.

In the States, demand far outstrips availability for many species - especially sheep, goat, and moose.

The point systems do help out a bit to reward people that are consistent over the long run. However, there are many draws that are statistically impossible to get in a lifetime.

They have become another revenue stream for state game agencies and they will continue to promote more participation as it is non consumptive of the resources.

Wyoming may actually make more revenue this year on applications and points than the do on tag sales. I would expect other western states to follow suite to maximize revenues with minimal impact to the resources.

From: tkjwonta
15-May-18
What crushed the NR Utah odds was the switch to allowing applicants to apply for all species. Previously, you had to choose between one of the OIL species, which made the odds a bit better, especially for the less popular OIL species like mountain goat and bison. As expected, allowing applicants to apply for everything resulted in dramatically more revenue for the Utah DWR, but more applications and poorer odds for everyone.

From: Huntcell
15-May-18
Hook’em in with the $3 app and then when that crowd surge becomes eligible in a few years raise it to $25 or more. Just skip all the tweeks, changes , modifications and just auction “ALL” the high demand tags each spring . Free market set the price.

Full disclosure I wouldn’t be a bidder can hardly pay the current price of a drawn tag now!

From: tkjwonta
15-May-18
If you look at the overall NR goat draw recap, it appears that weighted points do actually have some value on average. For instance, 3 of 35 applicants with 15 points drew tags. 0 of 229 applicants with 0 points drew tags. I'm sure Orion will be back shortly with an example to try to "disprove" this, but mathematically the weighted points must give you an advantage. The problem is that the advantage is not that large when the amount of demand outweighs the supply so dramatically. And as everyone has mentioned, it is only going to get worse.

From: Glunt@work
15-May-18
It's just math. Yes, weighted points are an advantage. It's just a lot smaller advantage than most people think it is or want it to be if they have a bunch.

From: Orion
15-May-18

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wrong 11 guys with 3 plus zero drew goat tags

From: Orion
15-May-18
tkjwonta you are confused you are not eligible to be in the draw until you hit 3 points so yes anybody with zero points will never draw. But there are a lot of 3 plus zero guys pulling tags their first year in the pool. A lot more low point holders are drawing than max point holders because they are a larger percentage and have better odds of the low random number

From: HuntingAdict
15-May-18
I think it would be much better if all the states had the same draw rules, I like that new mexico is random, I like that Idaho makes you chose the species and I like that wyoming makes you pay up front. I think if each state only allowed you one app for one species for a random chance to draw and charged you up front for the tag fee it would be the best system. The preference points and bonus points are a pure money making scam at this point. Charging up front helps weed out the people who probably can't afford to go anyway, the picking of one species per state spreads out the apps and nothing is more fair than random draw....just my $.02...

15-May-18
Wow, that's a huge increase. The DBHS tag odds were bad before, now they're just ridiculous. I'm actually surprised that the resident pools expanded so much. If it wasn't worth it for residents to front the cash for the odds they had at the price they're paying, I just have a hard time believing that they want the tag that much. Well, at least there'll be two more years before the full impact.

And I think that the odds of the fee going up by several exponents within the next 10 years are very high. I'll drop out of this one too if they raise it too much - the odds are just too ridiculous to justify it costing much.

From: Mad Trapper
15-May-18
I have been applying since 1989. Year after year of cutting Colorado a check for $2000+ to let them keep it for a few weeks. All for naught... So much for hunter loyalty. As for landowner tags for sheep, just try to get one. Better kept secret than the inside workings of the White House.

From: 'Ike'
15-May-18
Holy wow...Glad I bailed on CO when I did! As Charlie said, a few more states in the point game, then I'll buy LO tags where I want to hunt...It's getting crazy!

From: samman
15-May-18
Looks like 3PP with 4 or 5 weighted is the place to be in the stats above.

From: PECO
15-May-18
Hmmmm is the plot thicker? How many of these new applicants are from the anti's? Now that they don't have to pay up front, they can really clog up the system.

From: Nesser
15-May-18
Yeah I’m curious about the seriousness of the applicants. I applied my kids for points for everything but at this time they only express interest in hunting deer and elk....but for 3 bucks up front I’ll snag them points. Probably wouldn’t do it if it was the previous system.

From: Treeline
15-May-18
Interesting thought, Peco. How would antis lack of success show up in the stats that CPW uses to set future tag quotas as well? Would they lower tag quotas based on lower success?

From: Orion
15-May-18
It's not antis its people like Nesser now putting their wife and kids all in since they don't have to front 3-4,000 dollars. The family of four had to pay 3,000 for the big 3 for all of them to put in the old way, now its 36 dollars.

From: Yellowjacket
15-May-18
It might be time next year to burn my max weighted bull moose points on a cow tag. After 30 years applying I'm not getting any younger!

From: leftee
15-May-18
Hope the younger guys don't learn to appreciate the underlying sad irony of all this the hard way but afraid they will.Their kids for sure.

The threat to hunting by the lack of hunters-and the threat to hunting by too many hunters.

It all leads to......

From: Orion
15-May-18
Your right leftee my kids will most likely never draw the big 3 or a premium elk tag in Colorado. Thank god they have had great luck so far in New Mexico and it got their fire lit, but it wont stay lit for long if they can't draw anything.

From: tkjwonta
15-May-18
Orion, in reference to the goat draw above, I'm talking about NR. For NR, those with 3+0 drew no tags, while those with 3+15 drew 3 tags. As with many point systems, the intention is reasonable and the draw works pretty well for a few years, but once the ratio of applications to tags gets too high, or the point levels increase too far, things break down.

From: cmbbulldog
15-May-18
Ouch

15-May-18
Somebody just punched me in the stomach and boot kicked to to the head...my dream of hunting sheep and goat again looks like a dream....actually now a nightmare...

From: cnelk
15-May-18
The only way for the CPW to keep making $$ on this is to lower the time PPs are valid to 2 years.

Having them valid for 10 years now makes only serious people to keep applying as they know the game.

From: Predeter
15-May-18
This is horrible and I'm not even in for any of those species. Good grief......

From: elkmo
16-May-18
Points in all states are being diluted to almost worthless, I have seen this trend and have been burning them asap and will never get back in as the rules continue to be changed. It's all random for me. I never invested points in states with a hunting license required to gain a point, way too much invested for the odds vs cost. Save that money and put it towards a LO tag or Canada. LO tags will be increasing now as well. Glad to get my kids in on a few opportunities but they will never get to experience the amount of quality unit hunts I have.

From: BULELK1
16-May-18
When I drew my G-7 Mnt Goat I had/ was at 3/3

Then my S-32 bow Ram I had/was at 3/5

I have many bowsite family with 3/Double Digits!

How times change

Good luck, Robb

From: Matte
16-May-18
I'm glad I have never entertained the whole point thing. I'd rather have a good spot I know to go to year after year and have a chance at a decent elk. That to me is a quality hunt and I would take that over a quality unit any day.

From: Trial153
16-May-18
This was terrible idea. Adds insult to injury.

From: Chris S
16-May-18
I’m out of them all. At 45 with only a couple points I think there is no point for this flatlander. It’s a shame you can always watch the celebs that get special permits talk about how great which dnr is. Makes me want to vomit.

From: kadbow
16-May-18
I remember all the complaints every year about having to pay the full amount to apply and CPW holding onto it for months and now it is just the opposite. You can’t make everyone happy. I preferred paying the full amount to apply and I never complained about it. I sure hope I draw something in the next 2 years.

From: Ziek
16-May-18
Maybe, in addition to PP and BP, they should also factor in your age, and for residents, number of years of residency.

From: Nesser
16-May-18
I looked last night there are hundreds of sheep applicants just gaining points with as many as 3/10 on up to 3/17. They’re not applying for hunts just points. I’m thinking there’s definitely gonna be a watering down of odds but majority will be for the rifle hunts. Archery won’t be as hard hit. Moose, on the other hand, gonna take a heavy hit for sure since all methods are in same pool. JMO

From: kscowboy
16-May-18

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From: NoWiser
16-May-18
Glad I didn't get into that game! Wow.

The baiting is done. 5 years from now it will cost $150.00 per point for moose, goat, and sheep. Genius move by CO. Sucks for everyone who has been in it for years.

From: Glunt@work
16-May-18
Like many long time residents, there was a time when you expected to get a couple sheep or goat tags. I even burned my points on a ewe tag because I figured I had plenty of time to start over and draw a ram.

Things changed pretty fast and now this change really alters things. Im disappointed but the writing was on the wall so I changed my expectations.

16-May-18
Very glad I was able to draw my Sheep tag last year, and my son a Goat tag. In a couple of years when all the new applicants hit the 3 point mark and are in the actual draw it won't be easy.

From: BOWUNTR
16-May-18
Terrible... I'm gonna go puke... Ed F

16-May-18
Well I’m one of the few who am actually happy about this. I had only applied for mule deer the last couple years...I prepared financially to put in for several other species and then was blown away by the new point system! I could see those numbers doubling over the next 2 years for sure, this year most people I know were surprised by it and I know of two people who didn’t even put in for points they would have if they’d have known.

It definitely hurts those who have been putting in for years though and I’d be pissed if I were in some of your boats.

From: sticksender
16-May-18
Glunt you're right, we have no choice but to adjust our expectations. And this is not just a Colorado issue. In virtually every western state it becomes less likely with each passing year, to obtain the more coveted big game permits. If you're serious about hunting big game species other than deer/elk/pronghorn, you'll either have to adjust to the new reality, or drop out. At one time I fully intended to draw all my tags and strictly do DIY hunts. But one can no longer count on drawing out on some of these species, even in a lifetime of applying. The truth in the math is unavoidable. For my way of thinking, NOT doing some of these hunts is NOT an option. If pay-to-play and/or guided hunts are the only workable alternative, that's the adjustment I'll make happen.

From: Kurt
16-May-18
Oh man am I glad I'm out of the points game. I let my WY and UT points lapse years ago when I moved to BC and my CO deer points finally expired this year. Luckily I'd drawn unit 2 elk and antelope tags in CO and an AZ archery elk tag in the 3 years preceding my move and never got back into the game. I feel for those that are vested but not at the top of the list for sure.

From: Glunt@work
16-May-18
I burned my elk points a few years ago, my pronghorn points this year and just have to pick a deer tag next year and I'm done saving points for those three. I'll keep applying for things like a crack addict but no plans on skipping lower point limited tags to save for premium tags.

16-May-18
I don't see it hitting residents as hard as NRs (besides the obvious odds being so much worse). So many of those new resident hunters are family members and people who couldn't see putting up a small amount of money for the tag before the change and are just building points. I bet a large % of the Class of 2018 who are residents will never do anything more than accumulate points.

My daughter hunts deer 1 day a year yet I still build points for her in her home state of CA for other species just in case, but I'll probably never put her in for an elk or sheep tag. But for an $8 point, it's a no-brainer just in case she gets more into hunting in the future.

From: Jaquomo
16-May-18
Ziek, I love the age factor. Someone like me with max points at 64 has a far lower chance of drawing than someone who is 44 with max points. As a govt entity they can reverse-discriminate however they want - age, race, sexual orientation, whatever. They give "extra-credit" points for hiring, why not apply it to the draw system as well?

From: sticksender
16-May-18
Looking at the drastic increase in Desert Bighorn applications (no point system) in 2018 makes me believe that a goodly percentage from this class of new applicants, once they reach 3 pp for Goat & RMBS & Moose, will indeed apply for licenses and not just points. Perhaps because they will consider actually drawing a tag to be an extreme long shot anyway, making less ominous the fear of having to actually pay for the license. Get your name in the hat for a lowly $3.00, and then figure out how to pay later if you actually win.

16-May-18
Seeing that this is a major bendover...they responded with the Hybrid tag.....if there could be a pool...for people say like 3-5 you know like a certain percentage of the allotted tags or more real point power in the weighted...it is all a computer formula....

16-May-18
Greg, that could absolutely be the case. But it's just as plausible that the people who really want a tag put in for DBHS since they have a chance year 1 and they can draw a tag right now.

Without a doubt, odds are going to get worse for everyone. The only question is by how much.

I see a lot of these people putting in for Mt Goat never actually pulling the trigger. It's a brutal hunt that many dream about but never actually do.

From: sticksender
16-May-18
I'm not Goat-eligible again until 2020....but if I had points, I know which hunts I'd apply for in each of the next 2 years!

From: wkochevar
16-May-18
Seems to me the way they should have approached this change since the primary goal was to eliminate the deficit of funds from refunding non-successful applicants was to simply charge the app fee plus a nominal refund fee to cover the expense. Wouldn't that net out to their advantage similarly, and not totally screw the individuals that are really serious about trying to get one of these tags? I most certainly would sign up for that deal...hell, I'd pay a little extra on top as are resource fee or whatever, if i had too. Total cost somewhere around 20$ /app but only after fronting the full price up front. Seems to make some sense.... Spoken from a 3+17 (max) guy, who stands a chance of really never drawing now.

From: Ziek
16-May-18
Another approach would be to not allow point buying. Apply for a tag, or not. If you're successful but can't hunt that year, you turn it back in but don't accumulate a point. They can then offer it to the next guy in line.

From: TD
16-May-18
Well..... for guys who have been putting in for years.... that sucks. Already poor odds took a big hit. But as stated above..... folks need to be careful what they wish for. This didn't come out of the blue, seems to be based on a lot of folks complaining about the state keeping their "front" money for so long before they got it back when unsuccessful in the draw. They exactly got what they wished for. Unintended consequences can be a boy-I-itch......

OTOH....... those new apps have an exponentially better odds..... seeing as they were at zero chance before.....

BTW.... it wasn't me..... have never applied for anything in CO..... likely never will now unless they go the NM route...

From: coelker
16-May-18
I like the change and support it. It has allowed me to enter my kids with out a major issues. Sorry it is kind of backwards for me to think anyone should have a better chance. It would be better if we just axed the preference point system all together and went back to 100% random draw where you played your odds and only got 2 choices. Some would only apply for hard tags, other easy tags, but at least every year everyone has an equal chance.

From: Ziek
16-May-18
"...just axed the preference point system all together and went back to 100% random draw..."

That would be the absolute worst choice and grossly unfair to those who spent a lifetime playing the game. However, I could live with getting rid of pure PPs, and going with a set number (3, 5 ?) and converting the rest to BPs.

How about not allowing just buying a point? You're either serious about hunting, or you're not. With everyone that wants to hunt, why should you be allowed to buy points until it's convenient for you to cash them in? Shit or get off the pot.

From: Glunt@work
16-May-18
The result of this change was obvious. Either the CPW saw the obvious and it fits their plans or, if they didn't see the obvious, it was incredible incompetence. Their are plenty of smart folks there so I have to assume it fits their plans. Fun to throw ideas around but if they don't think it's broken, they probably aren't in a hurry to fix it.

16-May-18
So if I am thinking this right we have two more years to realistically draw at the old terrible odds...until this new horde gets 3 points???

From: Stoneman
16-May-18
Ziek, not sure if this is a serious post or not? "Maybe, in addition to PP and BP, they should also factor in your age, and for residents, number of years of residency. "

I am all in for it though... native and getting older every day!

From: ryanrc
16-May-18
I vote for pure lottery and money up front. Keeps the serious people in it and makes it fun to draw, if you draw.

16-May-18
If your not willing to pony up a few hundred dollars you will get back...you don't want it bad enough...I would be willing to pay say $1000-$2000 for the tag...ohhhh.....what about the poor guys...if you can't get that together I still say you don't want it bad enough......

From: pav
16-May-18
Is there a down side to converting existing points to bonus points and then squaring bonus points like Nevada? Gives the newbies a chance and those with vested interest a better chance.

16-May-18
Some good ideas. I wonder if the "no buying a point only" would have the wrong effect though. It could go either way. People who didn't want to apply - some would definitely not apply, but I wonder how many would just put in because they had to. As it stands, there are lots of people around the country that put in for a lot of points each year because they only want one tag or they dont have the funds/drive/fitness/desire to hunt an OIL type tag. Our odds are as good as they are in a lot of places because these guys aren't putting in.

From: Ziek
16-May-18
I'm just throwing out ideas. I've hunted, and killed, at least one of everything except desert sheep. And I've hunted elk in unit 2 twice. I don't really care what they do at this point. My wife also has killed a sheep and goat and doesn't want to hunt them again. She would like a unit 2 tag though. May never happen with pure PP.

As for having to put in for an actual hunt, this is how I would do it. To get another point you would have to apply. If you got it and didn't want it, you would have 30 days to turn it back in, but would not get a point. It would then be offered to the next in line. To make sure someone can get it with enough time to plan, they could send out an email to the next 20 or more and give them 1 week to respond. That could be repeated if necessary. The most "senior" responder would get it. If the original successful guy waited longer than 30 days before relinquishing it, he would lose an additional point, unless it was for a real good reason like a medical issue. If he didn't hunt or turn it in, then at least 1 high point guy is gone.

From: DonVathome
19-May-18
I cannot agree more sticksender! That is much worse than I dreamed my worst nightmare.

I literally do not have words!

Luckily I have drawn both already but was definitely hoping for a second

From: jims
19-May-18
It would certainly help the elk situation in Colo if elk went to all draw. That way everyone that applies and draws an elk tag their first choice burns points! It would end a lot of the current problems with the elk draw. Currently only a small number and percentage of total elk units are draw. The CPW would then be able to manage hunter and elk numbers. A lot more elk hunters would be burning points rather than building points hunting OTC units every year. Makes a lot of sense to me!

I have no clue why the CPW would not charge license fees up front. In my eyes it's a royal mistake! They obviously have more hunters applying for tags so likely make more $? That's the only explanation I can come up with. It definitely doesn't help those that have been applying for years and years draw tags....which seems to be one of the biggest complaints I hear!

From: Pat Lefemine
19-May-18

Pat Lefemine's Link
Link to my article last year. I didn't expect it to get better, but I also didn't expect it to get worse. I was wrong.

From: TreeWalker
19-May-18
I would add on the elk tags being 100% draw that any elk tag received results in points going to zero including landowner, raffle and auction tags. Change that to apply for any tag for all species, actually.

From: sticksender
19-May-18
jims, the main benefit to the division for dropping pay-up-front, is that they'll now pay far less in merchant fees to the CC banks. This change saves them hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees. If everyone was being honest, the division as a whole probably doesn't really care about draw odds. But IMO something needs to change very soon. My guess is they won't continue to allow everyone to apply & gain points for S/G/M for only 3.00 a pop. I just hope there's a plan.

From: jims
19-May-18
I sure hope it doesn't change to the extreme of Wyo where they charge $50 to $100/species just to apply and receive pref pts each year. There must be a happy medium? I was excited when the CPW went to CC rather than returning a check for every darn species applied for each year. I'm not sure why Colo couldn't do what NV and Utah do? Applicants get charged for the license fee via CC's up front but refund unsuccessful applicants back to CC's after the draw. I'm not exactly sure why CPW couldn't do the same thing? I really think Utah has around the best application system available. They don't charge as much as Wyo or NV to apply for tags but still use CC's to apply.

From: Treeline
19-May-18
Jim,

UT and NV both require you to buy a hunting license and then pay application fees up front. Of course the resident licenses are lower priced.

Seems like that model would work better in the overall scheme as Colorado would get additional money up front. Colorado may do it that way to claim more licenses sold per species for federal funding.

I would guess that Colorado will turn into something like Wyoming or Montana where we will have to pay for points. Alongside raising application fees and licenses for every species. It’s definitely getting expensive to play the application game and all the state G&Fs appear to be looking for new and exciting ways to get us to pay more and more for the limited opportunities.

From: PECO
19-May-18
".I would be willing to pay say $1000-$2000 for the tag...ohhhh.....what about the poor guys...if you can't get that together I still say you don't want it bad enough......" Whatever.

From: jims
19-May-18
Most states are figuring out that they can make as much $ off application, licenses, and pref pt fees than actual license fees for tags that are drawn. Obviously some of this $ goes to the companies that offer their draw services.

UT is a chunk cheaper than NV since you only need to buy a license every other year. NV is well over $200/year to apply for all species. In 10 years that's over $2,000 just to apply! Hunters that apply for multiple states may need to take out a 2nd mortgage on their house to afford application, license, and pref pt fees!

As I draw tags in surrounding states I'm slowly but surely pulling the plug on out of state applications. I would much rather put my hard earned cash towards other trips that tossing my $ to the wind in application fees!

From: DonVathome
20-May-18
I like Jim’s idea for elk a lot.

Also Wy set a precedence and you better believe more more states are going to start to fall it and increase revenue.

And as always I beg people not to use mentality that just because everyone is charging nonresidents a certain amount that makes it OK.

If a state gives away 10% of its tags in to nonresidence and they find 90% of its budget how can it possibly be OK? It doesn’t matter if an app that costs a NR One dollar or $10,000 those numbers are just not right when more hunting occurs on federal land then anywhere else.

From: Ziek
20-May-18

From: Quinn @work
20-May-18
You may hunt on some federal land but the animals there are the state's animals. The state pays to manage them and enforce the legal hunting of them.

20-May-18
Peco...what i'm getting at is the kind of sheep fever I have an others I know have that they would do almost anything for a tag and pay 1000-2000...poor in debt they would find a way...work overtime sell some guns Grannies china...their ATV...anything. What I think this change is bringing in is a lot is people that don't care THAT much and think what the hell....if up until know you won't let the state "borrow" a couple hundred bucks a year with the pretty good chance you will draw a sheep ...goat tag in your lifetime ( residents) in my book you don't want it that bad or really hardly at all. Somebody in the future will draw one of these tags and say..."now I can't rememeber are the sheep the white ones or the one with the curly antlers on their heads...better google it.." That makes me pretty nauseous

20-May-18
I think it's only a matter of time before CO raises the price to apply and people who've accumulated some points won't drop out because they've made the 3 year investment to have a chance.

I also feel that more and more people will be baling out of these Preference Point systems if something doesn't change in the next 10-20 years as people see it's pretty much impossible to draw. At least with a bonus point system, you have some kind of chance. You buy your hunting license and you get a slew of different species you can apply for (NV, AZ, UT model). That makes it harder to bale out.

WY, OTOH, almost incentivizes people to get their animal and bale out, or flat out just stop applying due to the cost/odds. I'm down to 3 species in WY and I'll probably bale on PH once I draw.

From: jims
20-May-18
What's sad is that it's becoming less and less attractive for young or hunters just starting out to apply for high demand tags that they have virtually 0 chance to draw 1 tag in their lifetime! What's also sad is people with big $ can purchase the same tag each year that takes others a lifetime to draw! Unfortunately hunting in the Western US is taking a turn in a horrible direction. I'm not exactly sure what can be done to prevent this? States like Idaho that everyone has the same chance to draw a tag with no bonus/pref pt system my actually be a good thing....although I've always be an advocate for offering those that apply more years a little better chance to draw high demand tags. I actually really like NV's draw system....although I disagree with charging so much $ for application fees!

From: PECO
21-May-18
Adventurewriter, I have no problem, especially as a resident, paying up front then getting a refund. My issue is with paying thousands of dollars for a tag. How much is too much? Would you sell your house and pay $100,000 for a sheep hunt? Someone else will spend that with no problem and they may not want it near as bad as you do. Some guy spent far more on the spider bull elk. I am not a fan of the wealthiest guys get to hunt, tough luck for the rest of us. I get your point (pun intended) about keeping the wanna bees out of game. I understand those of you who have be trying to get a tag for decades are now screwed and agree that is wrong. I have never applied for a sheep or goat tag, and don't plan to start. I'm perfectly happy hunting deer, elk, turkey, rabbits, and I'll carry a bear tag because there are bears around, but put little effort into actually bear hunting.

From: Ermine
21-May-18
Adventurewriter is spot on. Same opinion I have. I am a blue collar guy. I don’t have a lot of money. But I am very serious about wanting to hunt sheep and goat. And I find a way to pay for it.

Now days anyone and their brother can apply. And a lot of people (their kids) are applying don’t even care about a sheep or goat. It’s the “ That might be cool to hunt” mentality.

So now I’m competing with thousands more people who aren’t serious and if they draw they probably won’t be serious about the hunt.

I hear stories of guys getting tags and hunting a couple days and then calling it quits.

To me that’s a wasted tag and should have gone to someone who is serious about wanting to hunt them

From: Orion
21-May-18
+1 Ermine

From: kscowboy
21-May-18
"I am not a fan of the wealthiest guys get to hunt, tough luck for the rest of us."

PECO, it's because of guys like this that you'll have more opportunities down the road. The funds raised by these tags do so much for a state's herd. A $120,000 auction permit for a sheep would cover a biologist and multiple transplants and disease studies throughout the year. These tags are a good thing, as CONSERVATION is the goal of these high dollar permits. Yes, a wealthy individual gets to hunt and I am not one to judge how they spend their disposable income. Would you rather that money go on a roulette wheel after the guy flew to Vegas on his private jet or go towards putting sheep on the mountain?

From: iceman
21-May-18
+ 2 Ermine

From: TreeWalker
21-May-18
WY F&G likes to get the riff-raff out of the good hunts. See the NR bison tag? Point cost for moose and sheep? WY knows how to maximize the revenue and keep the woods full of Sitka clothing and outfitters even if not a wilderness area. WY does need to add one more segment to the Special and Regular buckets but taking 10% of the tags out of those buckets and putting in the Platinum draw where is $10,000 a tag. C'mon, is the right thing to do. Okay, I understand there could be some pushback so how 'bout we cut the price of the Regular draw tag by 5%? If you want to hunt bad enough, you will figure it out.

CO F&G needs to sweep out the cobwebs from their "opportunity" approach and start maximizing revenue even if participation falls. Do you really want Joe Sixpack parking next to you at the trailhead with his 1995 Ford 150 truck with 200,000 on the odometer? Of course not, he does not want to hunt bad enough to shake loose a few extra dollars each day to pay for our wildlife infrastructure. That is rather selfish.

I also would suggest that a special license plate be issued that is required to drive in the fast lane of the roadway. If you want to use that resource then you will find a way to scratch the check for another $6500 a year. NR will need to have a sticker for their plate and guest news is only have to buy one of the 7-day stickers for $300 as apply in CO for a tag.

Thank God F&G is willing to take on the battles to keep out the less desirables from ruining hunting.

From: Sandbrew
21-May-18

Sandbrew's Link
If you look at the harvest stats- They show # of hunters vs # tags issued and there are always 10-15 ram hunters that don't ever go or at least that is what is reported. Add to that the same # that only go for a day or 2 and quit and you have 10-20% of the tags effectively unused. I think we will see a larger # of less dedicated hunters once the "powerball odds pool group" hits the 3+ year mark. I think success rates with drop. I also think the quality of rams will drop and possibly there will be a need to increase tags to get the desired harvest #s. I think the tag # increase may sound good but the quality of a hunt may suffer if you have 2x the hunters chasing sheep and mt goats.

My 2 cents.....

Sandbrew

From: kscowboy
21-May-18
Sandbrew, I think you are exactly right. I thought the same thing. Just wait until the new batch goes out and does a scouting trip or two after being successful in the draw. When they realize what they are in for and fail to find a ram after two weekends of scouting, they will be turning their tags back in. I would like to see the turn-in rate in a couple of years. It'll be off the charts.

From: Treeline
21-May-18
The huge increase in applications will be viewed as a bonus to CPW. It is essentially money for nothing.

From their perspective, it is easy money and they will not want to do anything to reduce the number of applicants.

From the long-term applicant’s point of view, it is very frustrating that their odds just got cut in half (or much less - wait till the moose applicant umbers come out!) by this huge influx of applicants.

If anything, CPW will want to push for more applicants in the pool. I believe they may also change their model to make every applicant purchase a hunting license like other states currently do - although that will depend on how the calculations work out for getting the Federal money.

When they have the hooks set with the new wave of applicants up to about 3 to 3+2, they will start upping the ante by raising application fees per species according to CPI or something along those lines but continue to showcase that, with their funky weighted points formula, there are as many or more people drawing tags with low points as with high points to keep the interest level ( and $$$) up.

From: Ermine
21-May-18
Adventurewriter is spot on. Same opinion I have. I am a blue collar guy. I don’t have a lot of money. But I am very serious about wanting to hunt sheep and goat. And I find a way to pay for it.

Now days anyone and their brother can apply. And a lot of people (their kids) are applying don’t even care about a sheep or goat. It’s the “ That might be cool to hunt” mentality.

So now I’m competing with thousands more people who aren’t serious and if they draw they probably won’t be serious about the hunt.

I hear stories of guys getting tags and hunting a couple days and then calling it quits.

To me that’s a wasted tag and should have gone to someone who is serious about wanting to hunt them

21-May-18
How can success rates and ram quality go down at the same time? If you kill less rams, they would theoretically live longer.

From: Orion
21-May-18
Because if you increase the tags like Sandbrew suggested some years all the tags will get punched when serious applicants get them. Therefore more rams will be killed certain years than what CPW predicts or wants and this affects quality over time. Also, if more tags are given out guys who are super serious will draw and will focus on the top end for the unit where as some guys just want to fill a tag and shoot the first "decent" ram they see. This seems like the case in a lot of units by the amount of 3 to 4 year old rams that get shot.

From: Sandbrew
21-May-18
He's what I think could happen. With the huge increase in applicants you have more and more, inexperienced, less motivated hunters in general, under HUGE pressure to kill a sheep because they now know they will never draw again. In any unit there are normally 2-4 year old rams hanging with ewes and lambs. If that herd is easier to spot, more visible and easier to hunt then younger ram could be killed. This could happen 2 or 3 times a year or only 1 time a year in a small herd. At the same time an older ram dies of old age, then then you have effectively remove 2 rams from the population. Now the back fill of younger rams has a gap in age class and remaining rams are younger overall and quality goes down.

Make sense?

Sandbrew

From: Ermine
21-May-18
Yep makes perfect sense. I could see that happening Forsure

From: PECO
21-May-18
I'm not talking about auction tags, I'm talking about giving up a couple thousand a year just to apply for the regular tags, like what was suggested. So maybe we should have everyone send in a resume when they apply, and have a panel judge who is actually serious. You will be ranked by your level of seriousness. Then you must also send in a medical report on yourself, and to take a physical readyness test to ensure you are capable to hunt sheep. Then you must have a new truck because no one wants to park next to someone in a 95 Ford?

From: Orion
21-May-18
Seriously PECO just look at Sandbrew's link to see how many tags are returned or not even hunted. Some people should know their limitations or commitment before they apply because they are stealing opportunity. Perfect example the year my dad had a goat tag we were coming off the mountain with his goat and ran into another tag holder we told him where another good billy was and offered to take him up there and help pack it out. He looked at my dad and I and said "Nope I don't want a goat that bad." People like that should not be applying.

From: Orion
21-May-18
by the way I drive an '07 ford cause I'd rather buy tags then a new truck

From: Ziek
21-May-18
You guys kill me. Here's an idea. If you get a tag you have to put down $100,000.00 deposit. CPW locks a GPS collar on you so it can only track you. At the end of the season they give you a dollar back for every mile and every 1,000' you climbed until you've recovered your deposit. Of course you also get it back if you kill. That might ensure only "serious" hunters get tags. Or maybe only "rich" hunters get them.

A better way would be to just stop selling PPs. Apply for a hunt if you want to hunt. If you're serious, you will make the time to hunt if you're successful in the draw no matter what else is going on in your life - or turn it back in with no additional PP.

From: Yellowjacket
21-May-18
07' that is practically new! Lol I'll be the 02' tundra parked at the trailhead. No way to judge someone's motivation or intent. Best CPW can do is somehow factor success rates into the number of tags allotted.

From: PECO
21-May-18
x2 on Ziek's deposit idea.

From: Orion
21-May-18
Really Ziek all I'm saying is some guys need to be more realistic about their abilities before they apply. That goat I mentioned wasn't even in a bad spot as far as goats go. If the guy didn't really want a goat "that bad" why apply? 250 dollars for a sheep, moose, or goat tag is not much money and certainly not enough that we couldn't have kept the system the way it is and front that money to apply. How many people whining about the "rich" drive a new truck, have four wheelers, eat out all the time?

From: Sandbrew
21-May-18
PECO- The issue is not if someone is pre-qualified or not. The fact is with the applicants #s doubling it would seem reasonable that the number of tags unused or underutilized will also double. As stated by many others, those hunters before the $3 lottery that wanted to sheep hunt or mt goat hunt found a way to make the financial commitment, long term preference point commitment over many years time. Once these tags are drawn those people have a much deeper appreciation for what they have "earned" or been awarded.

Sandbrew

From: Orion
21-May-18
PECO you going to whine when elk tags cost 100 dollars for residents?

From: Ucsdryder
21-May-18
Easiest starting point to offset some of the new found $$$ they’d lose by going away from the 3 dollar point cost is to make everyone buy a hunting license to apply. 50 dollars for residents and 150 for non residents. The cpw would make just as much money and could cut down on the people who say “it’s only 3 dollars why wouldn’t I apply”.

I love the “give the old guys first chance because they’re old.” Smh

If we’re doing it by “fairness” how’s it fair that a 12 year old buying a point his first year statistically has almost no chance at hunting the top tier elk units? Maybe anybody with diabetes, asthma, cancer should just ahead too. Where do you stop?

How many of you “old guys” have already hunted moose, sheep, or goat? If you have then based on fairness maybe you should make the decision it’s someone else’s turn because we’re all for fairness now.

Maybe the “me” generation is a few decades older than most people think...

From: Orion
21-May-18
I'm 37 I've killed a goat and will never put again because I feel one is enough and I would rather see my kids shoot one. I have two kids that are 11 and 9 and yes they will never draw a NW corner elk tag and probably none of the big three if this new system stays in tact. There is no true fairness but there is certainly a better way then what they started this year.

From: Ucsdryder
21-May-18
Orion I agree with your points and you’re right, it isn’t fair in the sense that not everyone will draw a tag. That’s what happens when demand outpaces supply.

Just remember, when you prioritize one person then that means you are discriminating against another.

I’m waiting for the “based off how much money I make and how much in taxes I spend, I should get priority”.

From: MathewsMan
21-May-18
Actually, it is more fair to your kids because most families were not putting in for these species when it was required up front, now your kids can put in for everything without breaking the bank.

From: Orion
21-May-18
At the sacrifice that the odds are now going to be so bad they will most likely never draw

From: MathewsMan
21-May-18
someone always draws... our odds have been unrealistically lower than most western states as long as we have had tags.

From: Dotman
21-May-18
I dropped out of the RM Bighorn race a few years s ago, tag price is just too high and by the time I would draw it’ll be a $6k NR tag. I only put in for Dessert sheep and like everyone has the same odds no matter how long they have been trying.

I don’t understand, if some of you are so serious about hunting sheep then why not do it every year in the MT unlimited units? Is it because the resident tag is so cheap in CO as to why only CO therefore your only serious for a few hundred dollar tag price? I’ve seen some say they’ll gladly pay $1000-$2000 for a tag in this thread, we’ll your budget has an answer in MT.

From: TXHunter
21-May-18
Because the MT Unlimiteds are a total crapshoot for even the most seasoned and fit hunter.

Success rates are zero to single digits-and those hunting them are the hardcore guys spending months scouting and hunting for a handful of rams that may wander into an area the size of a small state. Or may not. Most don’t have months to dedicate to a hunt.

And most don’t want to go on a glorified camping trip, we actually would like a decent chance at an opportunity. That’s why.

If I was young, lived there, and had nothing but time on my hands - sure I would love to give them a go. Like most, I’m not and I don’t.

From: Dotman
21-May-18
Fair enough but if your serious about it you know that it may take more then one season to do it and there’ll be a learning curve. A tag in CO isn’t a slam dunk and I’m sure a few don’t botch their tag each year so no matter the stats, if you don’t tag out I guess your on a glorified camping trip now, so 90% of elk hunters are really just glorified campers.

From: PECO
21-May-18
"PECO you going to whine when elk tags cost 100 dollars for residents?"

Hell yes I'm going to whine when the resident elk tag costs $100. I'm a meat hunter. I would be in favor of having check in stations, scoring the antlers and paying a trophy fee. Yeah I like big racks but I don't need a McMansion full of them.

From: kscowboy
22-May-18
"I only put in for Dessert sheep and like everyone has the same odds no matter how long they have been trying."

Guy can't even spell the species of sheep he's applying for. Need we say more?!? JK

From: Ambush
22-May-18
"Dessert sheep" I believe Pat brings one of those along on hunting trips :)

From: TEmbry
22-May-18
Most states take harvest statistics into account when setting tag quotas (atleast Alaska does it this way).... IE they take into account the did not hunt or "not serious" tag holders... it sucks to come to realization about this when someone ho hum about it draws "your" tag... but if only ultra athlete single dedicated hunters drew tags, harvest statistics go way up, and eventually draw potential tag numbers down to keep kill quotas at target.

Certainly not an exact science, but a level headed response to the guys mad about every tom, dick, and harry applying. I set aside a bank account for applications so I too liked the odds before... BUT, I see the slight benefit of allowing someone dirt poor to apply.

I don't see a clear cut answer to these questions. I like Idaho's system a lot. OIL species you choose one of the three, and if you choose one then you can't apply for limited entry among any other species (they still have general hunts for these animals). Good even balance between insane draw odds and incentive to still apply. I view my NR applications as a Vegas trip, I "bet" money on one day getting a kick ass tag/hunt down the road, but don't expect any return on my investment. It's more palatable this way.

From: DonVathome
22-May-18
FYI a 12 year old will draw any tag in a preference point system if they never miss an app and start at first legal age. Even the worst odds draw have 2% drop out each year - more drop out then draw. They will reach the top - but it will take a while.

This i a tough one, I like squared point systems and I like 50/50 random/preference tag splits. Always front the cost.

The "WY" effect I call it - will dramatically increase our costs and decrease our odds. It is a no brainer. More money more apps same # of tags. In 5 more years most states will follow their lead and the masses will get sucked into "well the price is in line with other states" mentality and feel like it is ok.

I am lucky and have drawn many tags and have lots of points. I really feel for the new guys.

I also debate the letting the poor guy have a chance - but that said discipline will produce the $$$$ to apply - so this rewards discipline not blind luck.

From: Ucsdryder
22-May-18
Don your arguement is based on the fact that a 12 year old will outlive everyone else. If we all died at the same age you’re right. But that 12 year old might not draw until he’s 80-85 when everyone else has dropped out or died. This of course is for the top tier elk units that are on a pure preference.

From: Dotman
22-May-18
Haha kscowboy, that’s what I get for using a phone.

From: TXHunter
22-May-18
Most draw systems used to work fine considering the demand/tag ratio. They were more geared towards rewarding the serious applicant via the up front costs/time it took to apply. Most of the tag fees were up front, but applicants got most of that money back if they didn’t draw.

Then three things happened: 1)The wildlife departments started realizing what a “cash cow” the draws could be and started mandating higher fees and/or license purchases up front to apply; 2)Eastmans’, The Huntin’ Fool, and their progeny marketed and publicized the draw process all across the country; and 3)The internet made it easy for all to apply quick and easy-like on their credit cards.

Boom - everything exploded. Now I’m about to decide that for the future there is no easy answer. Certainly not that will please everyone, especially those who have been in the game a long time because any changes (i.e. converting to bonus points for all or totally random draws) will effectively screw them to at least some degree.

Probably has to happen though - and I’m one of the guys who has lots of points in several states.

From: 3arrows
22-May-18
Looks like Colo. killed the NR golden goose.

From: Treeline
22-May-18
No, 3arrows, they still are keeping the NR Golden Goose with unlimited nonresident elk licenses, they propped open the barn doors and feed bin to a bazillion little pigeons laying a bunch of smaller golden eggs.

The way they have it set up now, the pile of itty bitty eggs will likely be a lot bigger than the big honking eggs.

For a lot less feed...

From: Mike-TN
22-May-18
The amount of information about Big game hunting and the big game draws has exploded over the last 10 years. The number of podcast, blogs, magazines, TV shows, etc providing information has exploded and so have the number of people applying for tags. The problem is the number of tags has stayed about the same creating point creep and longer waits to draw a tag. I think we are already starting to see quality slip as guys are becoming more successful through long range shooting , the amount of effort being put in to find big bucks/ bulls and more information being available on how to get it done. It will be interesting to see what it looks like in 20 years. I believe a lot of the influx of applicants will drop out as they better understand the draw odds which has always been low but have gotten much worse. As was said before I kinda feel for guys just getting started. I have been in it for 20 years and have pulled some good tags but the odds are really against a new comer to ever get a sheep moose or goat tag in their lifetime..... if you combine all the western states there are just a handful of tags for non residents and thousands of applicants

From: DonVathome
23-May-18
Txhunter is dead on. Those three things are what killed the odds for sure. The only one that can be fixed is the application process. However cash flow to the state will not let that happen.

As far as a 12-year-old drawing correct if someone doesn’t live long enough they might not. However on there are hundred people for every tag that is desired you can’t fix that. Also the attrition rate is closer to 3% which means 30 years which means they’ll draw when they’re 40 or 50. Given the number of people who want to tag I can’t think of a more fair system they will hunt.

From: Inshart
23-May-18
I didn't read all the responses ..... now that it's so cheap all the anti hunters can purchase the point adding to the tension.

24-May-18
Inshart...another good ugly point....and all their trolls

From: Full_Curl
25-May-18
How much money are applicants willing to pay for terrible odds?

Obviously, the reduced $3 fee resulted in many more people applying in CO this year. If they increase it to $100/species some will drop out due to the terrible odds not justifying the cost but not all. Where is the sweet spot…? Where they can charge the maximum fee amounts and keep the highest number of applicants in the game because they can justify the odds?

Anybody that’s been in the points games long enough knows many of these State systems have changed and if they haven’t yet, they undoubtedly will in some fashion or another. Each of these changes has winners and losers where the new applicants might have a chance they never did before, but it’s at the expense of the longterm vested applicants. What’s fair for one type of applicant is not for another. Don’t expect things to stay the same with the demand for these OIL tags continuing to increase. And with each change, it seems the applicants who have been in the game the longest, are the ones that more times than not, are the ones taking the hardest hit. In order to give everybody a chance… that chance has to be taken from somewhere.

Ask yourself… How much are you willing to pay for terrible odds?

It seems to be the $1M question for most Western States these days.

25-May-18
I would be willing to pay $1000 to $2000 for a resident tag for sheep...goat and moose...I doubt any of those tags will go un-drawn..it will quickly weed out the "what the heck" applications get the monies that CPW needs to operate...the tags would be in the hands of serious people who will not squander them....I have rich friends and I have poor friends but everyone I know could come up with the dough. Say you don't have to put the money upfront and if you draw...need to pay by a certain date...if you don't come up with it you are forbidden to apply for the "big three" again and the tag goes to who is next in line...

From: md5252
25-May-18
A Rich mans game with poor mans odds.... inevitably it’s going to be frustrating.

Fortunately for me I can’t afford or justify a hunt like goat or sheep so it’s a moot point

25-May-18
A Desert Sheep hunt in Mexico goes for 60 grand plus Stone same ballpark Dalls are up to 20 grand......so in reality $1000 to $2000 for a resident would tag the 'poor mans" way to hunt sheep... Nobodies getting blocked out from hunting you can hunt Deer...Elk....and Pronghorn and other things in Colorado every year for cheap

From: Ucsdryder
25-May-18
Inshart, you must have a hunter education stamp to apply. If theyre willing to do that, then good. Maybe they’ll learn something and open their minds!

From: NvaGvUp
28-May-18
After a multi-year hiatus, I applied again for sheep (I had 3 + 10 points) because I could apply online and I didn't have to front the tag fee, then wait 3-4 months to get the refund check.

Obviously I wasn't the only one who was thinking that.

From: Tomichi
02-Jun-18
Last year's odds were never in a life time for MOST that applied.17000 something for under 300 tags...we were gaining about a 1000 new applicant's a year..Now this...when I started minimum age was 14. Pick sheep or Goat not both. In the past 40 years I took 4 out to draw goat in 1987. One year off Big horn to draw my Desert sheep in 1990.. so 35 unsuccessful Big Horn apps.... guys on here saying you will get a tag in your 40's before this? What we have here is a severe lack of SHEEP! NO TAG but I will be in the field for 3 hopefully 4 sheep hunts this year. Sheep hunting is not limited.....Harvest is.

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