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Old 04-01-2021, 10:45 AM   #1
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Look at what Oklahoma is doing this year! Wish Texas could work something like this out....

New this year, applicants can choose to add PointGuard or Preference Point Only options when they apply.

PointGuard protects a winning hunter’s preference points and eligibility for future drawings in case the hunter cannot attend the hunt he or she draws. PointGuard is like an insurance policy that costs an additional $5 and can be purchased when applying or before the application deadline.

Preference Point Only (PPO) is for hunters who choose not to enter in a hunt category but still want to obtain an additional preference point for future drawings in that category. PPO is designed for hunters who already know when they apply that they will not be able to attend hunts during certain times of the year if selected for those hunts.
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Old 04-01-2021, 11:50 AM   #2
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Texas doesn't need a preference point option. Just put into the highest demand hunt and or sometimes the best hunt. you will have a 0.005% chance of drawing with your 10 preference points cubed.
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Old 04-01-2021, 05:26 PM   #3
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If you can not make a hunt, just call them and tell them why. They will usually let you keep your points. You can also skip years and not put in, and still keep your points. I have done that.


And best of all, there is no charge if you have to cancel before the hunt fee deadline, just the app fee. Plus, you get a point for the following year, due to paying the app fee.


I've also done as in post #3 above. And if I do get drawn in one of the hunts like post #3, it would be well worth it.


Edit: Let's hope TP&W doesn't catch on to what OK is doing. And add another fee on top of what we are already charged.

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Old 04-01-2021, 05:30 PM   #4
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There is a PPO... apply for the Chap


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Old 04-01-2021, 06:02 PM   #5
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Don't put in for multiple hunts with the same dates!
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Old 04-01-2021, 09:06 PM   #6
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I wouldn’t change anything about Texas. Texas has one of the best draw systems in the country. Simple, Straight to the point, and a plethora of hunt options.
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Old 04-02-2021, 12:37 PM   #7
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I wouldn’t change anything about Texas. Texas has one of the best draw systems in the country. Simple, Straight to the point, and a plethora of hunt options.

The only two things I’d change is to increase the prices for non-resident applicants and remove the squaring of points.


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Old 04-03-2021, 08:56 PM   #8
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If you can not make a hunt, just call them and tell them why. They will usually let you keep your points. You can also skip years and not put in, and still keep your points. I have done that.


And best of all, there is no charge if you have to cancel before the hunt fee deadline, just the app fee. Plus, you get a point for the following year, due to paying the app fee.


I've also done as in post #3 above. And if I do get drawn in one of the hunts like post #3, it would be well worth it.


Edit: Let's hope TP&W doesn't catch on to what OK is doing. And add another fee on top of what we are already charged.
This essentially, we don't need more fees and I'm happy they cubed points last year, now they just need to add more archery tags and open more WMA, SNA and BLM land up to hunting.
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Old 04-04-2021, 04:19 PM   #9
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If you can not make a hunt, just call them and tell them why. They will usually let you keep your points. You can also skip years and not put in, and still keep your points. I have done that.


And best of all, there is no charge if you have to cancel before the hunt fee deadline, just the app fee. Plus, you get a point for the following year, due to paying the app fee.


I've also done as in post #3 above. And if I do get drawn in one of the hunts like post #3, it would be well worth it.


Edit: Let's hope TP&W doesn't catch on to what OK is doing. And add another fee on top of what we are already charged.
TPWD will not let you keep your points. My case: 2021 Chaparral WMA Javelina hunt. Couldn’t make the drive in the historic ice event. Documented deadly wrecks everywhere. Emailed TPWD to plea case. Their reply was basically “sorry for your luck”. 11 preference points gone on a hunt I couldn’t attend due to conditions out of my control.
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Old 04-04-2021, 04:32 PM   #10
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TPWD will not let you keep your points. My case: 2021 Chaparral WMA Javelina hunt. Couldn’t make the drive in the historic ice event. Documented deadly wrecks everywhere. Emailed TPWD to plea case. Their reply was basically “sorry for your luck”. 11 preference points gone on a hunt I couldn’t attend due to conditions out of my control.
Sorry to hear that. Did you have your hunt already paid for? Did you try to contact them before the hunt or after? It it was after you paid the hunt fees, or you tried to contact after the hunt, I could see why you got the answer you did. Think I would have called instead of Emailing. Sometimes it always helps to talk to a person, in person in any situation.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!

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Old 04-04-2021, 09:52 PM   #11
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Paid the day I got selected and called WMA and emailed them before the hunt and during the ice storm. No luck.
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Old 04-06-2021, 05:22 PM   #12
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Paid the day I got selected and called WMA and emailed them before the hunt and during the ice storm. No luck.

Just a hint (should it happen again), the TP&W office in Austin is the place to call. And not the WMA.


Edit: I hope for the better for you on the next drawing. I'm sure there were lots of folks that had to cancel plans due to the weather that week. Some people had to miss work, and didn't get paid for it. It was a hard week for most folk in some way or another.

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Old 04-07-2021, 10:11 PM   #13
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I called the WMA to notify we could not attend due to weather conditions. I then emailed TPWD asking to have our preference points restored. TPWD HQ denied the request.
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Old 04-13-2021, 01:30 PM   #14
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I'm all for the insurance option. Sh** comes up. I would like to see them move the drawings farther out from the actual hunt dates. 30-60 days to plan a 2-3 day hunt and take time off from work can be a little difficult. Most other states draw well in advance and allow for proper planning. As far as a point only option, I would be down for it, but on some of the hunts like Pronghorn, and Mule deer I don't see the point; those are going to be incredibly hard to draw even with 20+ points.
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Old 04-18-2021, 11:31 PM   #15
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Texas proghorn draw is the nevada sheep draw of the state. Mule deer is like Arizona elk and whitetail is like Wyoming pronghorn.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:28 PM   #16
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Texas doesn't need a preference point option. Just put into the highest demand hunt and or sometimes the best hunt. you will have a 0.005% chance of drawing with your 10 preference points cubed.
Be careful what you wish for. You may just get drawn.









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Old 04-19-2021, 03:08 PM   #17
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TPWD will not let you keep your points. My case: 2021 Chaparral WMA Javelina hunt. Couldn’t make the drive in the historic ice event. Documented deadly wrecks everywhere. Emailed TPWD to plea case. Their reply was basically “sorry for your luck”. 11 preference points gone on a hunt I couldn’t attend due to conditions out of my control.
Now that was a great hunt. Mid-40s at the Chap with on and off rain for two days. Deer were eating all our corn before the javis could get to it. There were a couple groups of hunters who had braved the drive from the DFW area. And only a couple of standbys showed up. We cut our hunt short and drove back to San Antonio the night of Feb. 13. I'm guessing whoever stayed to hunt Sunday the 14th had an interesting trip back home as it got western real quick.

The Savage 340C in .222 was my wife's grandfather's. Took down the javi at 27 yards. My eyes are getting too old for iron sights!





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Old 04-19-2021, 05:03 PM   #18
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Nice muley Mule Skinner .


And iron sights will always be fun, even when I get to where I can't see no more. Just need someone to tell me where I hit so I can take a second shot.
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:52 PM   #19
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Nice muley Mule Skinner .


And iron sights will always be fun, even when I get to where I can't see no more. Just need someone to tell me where I hit so I can take a second shot.
How bout I provide the follow-up shot with younger eyes?
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:55 PM   #20
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How bout I provide the follow-up shot with younger eyes?

The blind leading the blind ! I'm in!




Edit: Wait! I thought you said "your eyes" meaning my eyes. My dyslexia dialect ...
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