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Old 07-07-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
sqiggy
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How many here that DOESN'T apply for the draw hunts?
I always put in for 2 or 3, and not like a couple of dozen!!!
I think I average around 9 dollars a year!!!
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:11 PM   #2
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I never have. I donít really understand how they work either.


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Old 07-07-2018, 12:17 PM   #3
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I do put in for a few but, have yet to get drawn. Good Luck
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Old 07-07-2018, 01:45 PM   #4
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Draw hunts and public land hunt areas that are open during the hunt season is all I put in for.
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:56 AM   #5
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I put in for I think 4 this year. My first time doing it. We'll see what happens.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:44 PM   #6
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Draw odds are terrible now with the new system. Better chance of drawing out if state bighorn or mt goat. Lol but....I’ll be sending my donation in because there’s always a chance.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:55 PM   #7
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I have a lot of buddies who have never put in for them or have even heard of them... I on the other hand put in for everything or place I would like to go in the event I do get drawn, but has never happened in 17 years.
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:57 PM   #8
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I do not apply for the hunts...just a scam for money imho
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:00 PM   #9
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Yep, donate about 30 bucks a year for the last 4 years. Never been drawn for any. This year I was only off for four of the hunts, three fell on the same days.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:01 PM   #10
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I put in for about 20 and have for several years, with no luck. I've spent $100 on far worse things in my life.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:13 PM   #11
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I put in for 5 or 6 hunts a year for about 10 years but quit when the came out with this new draw system.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:39 PM   #12
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I only put in for the ones I have have 15+ preference points for (though in the scheme of things the odds are still very bad even with that many points) and have abandoned the rest. If I ever draw those I won't apply for them again unless they do something to better the odds like they did with the youth hunts this year. And I tend to agree with Davik on what the tpwd draw has become with the online system.

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Old 07-10-2018, 10:41 PM   #13
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I used to. Got drawn for a couple. Had some good times and killed some deer.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:46 PM   #14
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Used to but finally lost interest. Never been drawn, old system or the new one.
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:50 PM   #15
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We put in for about 15 or so a year. We’ve been drawn 5 or 6 times in 8 years
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:03 PM   #16
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The Texas Draw hunts are a Joke. I spend $1500 a year putting in for all the western stuff but dont waste my money on the Texas stuff. I literally have a better chance of drawing a sheep in some of the western states than some of the hunts here in Texas..
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:02 AM   #17
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The Texas Draw hunts are a Joke. I spend $1500 a year putting in for all the western stuff but dont waste my money on the Texas stuff. I literally have a better chance of drawing a sheep in some of the western states than some of the hunts here in Texas..
I've drawn several over the years, youth hunts as well.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:31 AM   #18
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I put in 3 or 4 hunts, it seem to be just a money maker for TPWD after they changed the system.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:35 AM   #19
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Not me.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:39 AM   #20
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I actually applied for draw hunts for the first time (in Texas) this year. I applied without knowing what I was really doing for a few montana tags before (didn't draw). Also applied for the St. Vincent Island Sambar hunt in Florida once - of course I drew the tag and didn't get to go. Figures.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:58 AM   #21
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I just applied to one in each category to build up pref points. Chancing of winning are slim but if I did win it would be a memorable hunt.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:25 PM   #22
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I put in for about 20 and have for several years, with no luck. I've spent $100 on far worse things in my life.
Truer words have never been spoken.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:31 PM   #23
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I never have
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:21 PM   #24
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In the past when my kids were younger I put in for everything. Now that they are older I only put in for ones that I have preference points for. I have been on several of these hunts in the past. Some good, some not so good. Itís terrible what they have done to the system. Itís all about the money! I wish you could put in for a preference pint only like Colorado, thereís one hunt I really want and they only have listed about every 5 years so I have to put in for a different one to get a point. Have drawn for one of those once and had to start over.


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Old 07-12-2018, 06:39 PM   #25
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:44 PM   #26
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The new system started because people that canít do basic math were complaining about the effort it took to mail in applications and only being able to put in for one hunt. And now many of those same people are shocked and complain because the draw odds are even worse than before But now that the state realizes how much money it can make it will most likely never change. That doesnít mean people canít try whenever they get any surveys or such. But it will probably take a LOT before anything changes. With so few tags the only options are completely random draw, what they are doing now, or squaring the points each individual has and putting their names in that many times. A true preference system will not work in Texas. Or they could do any of the above and make people front the total cost of the hunt when applying then refunding the money of not drawn. System sucks but people spoke and got what they wanted now itís biting everybody in the butt.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:52 PM   #27
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Don't waste your time. There are no animals on TX public land.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:43 PM   #28
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I applied for 16 hunts this year. It is my first time and to be honest I doubt I get anything. My main purpose in applying is to start building loyalty points on some of the cooler hunts like mule deer, pronghorn, etc.


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Old 07-13-2018, 04:00 PM   #29
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The new system started because people that canít do basic math were complaining about the effort it took to mail in applications and only being able to put in for one hunt. And now many of those same people are shocked and complain because the draw odds are even worse than before But now that the state realizes how much money it can make it will most likely never change. That doesnít mean people canít try whenever they get any surveys or such. But it will probably take a LOT before anything changes. With so few tags the only options are completely random draw, what they are doing now, or squaring the points each individual has and putting their names in that many times. A true preference system will not work in Texas. Or they could do any of the above and make people front the total cost of the hunt when applying then refunding the money of not drawn. System sucks but people spoke and got what they wanted now itís biting everybody in the butt.


A little birdie told me that they may start limiting how many hunts you can apply for each year. This will limit the amount of people that can apply across the board.

They may start with kids first and see what happens.




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Old 07-13-2018, 04:36 PM   #30
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A little birdie told me that they may start limiting how many hunts you can apply for each year. This will limit the amount of people that can apply across the board.

They may start with kids first and see what happens.




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They already started with youth categories this year, 3 hunts max per category. They need to do this across the board next year, they will get more money from me if they do.
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:42 PM   #31
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They already started with youth categories this year, 3 hunts max per category. They need to do this across the board next year, they will get more money from me if they do.


Itís kinda a double edge sword. They would loss money from some but gain from the ones that donít apply anymore. Who knows.


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