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Old 08-11-2018, 09:43 AM   #1
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Noticed a new change in E-POSTCARD HUNT. 2018-2019 Annual Public Hunting Permit required to apply. Wonder how much this will improve chances be reducing the number of applicants that usually don't pay for the public lands permits? In essence it is not a FREE drawing now. Or is there something I am missing?

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Old 08-11-2018, 10:52 AM   #2
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I believe it will improve the drawing odds. Of course it will probably be a small improvement.

The annoying part is those hunts have a lot of no shows because they are free.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:20 AM   #3
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It also keeps the anti hunters from applying without purchasing the permit.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:35 AM   #4
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It also keeps the anti hunters from applying without purchasing the permit.
Good point. This forum is "Public Hunting Opportunities" so I would assume that many members here would have the the $48 APH endorsement on top of regular license fee.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:43 PM   #5
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So I know one of the biologists thatís in a pretty high position. He was telling me that the reason they did this was because there is a lot of no shows at these hunts because you can apply for free and people apply for everything without knowing what they applied for or where it is. The other reason was a lot of people would apply for the hunts and wait for an outcome(get drawn or not) before buying a permit. Thatís a lot of lost revenue that can be used for management of these properties or be used to buy new public land property.

With all that said this change will greatly improved your changes to be drawn but itís still a lottery and nothing is a given in a lottery.

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Old 08-13-2018, 10:06 AM   #6
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Its a good change, Granger was getting ridiculous
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Old 08-15-2018, 12:29 PM   #7
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Agreed with the guys above. Should greatly improve odds to get drawn. Probably reduce standby odds a little for these hunts.
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:33 PM   #8
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You have to have the APH to hunt there anyway... I guess some people were just putting in to put in?
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Old 08-16-2018, 02:36 PM   #9
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You have to have the APH to hunt there anyway... I guess some people were just putting in to put in?


Yes. They would put in for the hunts and only buy the permit if they won the hunt. You got more people applying because it didnít cost anything.


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Old 08-17-2018, 10:45 AM   #10
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Very cool change
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:31 PM   #11
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E-Post Archery Deer Big Lake Bottom WMA 9/28/2018 - 10/7/2018
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E-Post Archery Deer James Daughtrey WMA 11/5/2018 - 11/23/2018

I was the one that started this post about wondering if APH permits would effect the E-Post chances...... Chosen for TWO Hunts. And Zero before!
And more E-Post drawing to go.
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:37 PM   #12
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Yep, I will admit that this change will keep me out of the E-Posts this year. I actually got drawn for the E-Post hunt on the Chap last year and killed a Javi, Hog, and a doe. I figure I used my luck up on that one anyways. There's just not enough hunts for me to spend almost $50 just to apply. I always did think it was silly that these were totally free to aplly for. This makes more sense.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:03 PM   #13
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This was my first time putting in, and I got drawn for Granger and Big Lake Bottom 11/15. I won't be able to do the Big Lake hunt so I'm not accepting that one to get someone else a chance at it.
Sounds like the changes were positive.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:54 PM   #14
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It would have kept me from applying except that I buy the permit anyway for duck hunting. If it wasn't for that I would have skipped the e-postcard hunts. Of course I still didn't draw squat LOL.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:11 AM   #15
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5th year I've been putting in for draw hunt at granger. Never been selected. Maybe year 6 i will be. Good luck to those selected.

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Old 09-10-2018, 02:23 PM   #16
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So if I applied for the draw hunts and I didn't buy the APH, I have 0% chance of getting drawn this year. Or can I go purchase it now and still be good for the hunts that havent drawn yet?
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:24 PM   #17
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So if I applied for the draw hunts and I didn't buy the APH, I have 0% chance of getting drawn this year. Or can I go purchase it now and still be good for the hunts that havent drawn yet?
This year. They wont even let u apply without having an Aph on record. Atleast i couldnt apply until i bought the new one

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Old 09-10-2018, 02:27 PM   #18
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This year. They wont even let u apply without having an Aph on record. Atleast i couldnt apply until i bought the new one

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Is it included with the Super Combo? Thats allI have and it let me apply for the hunts.
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:38 PM   #19
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Mine was not included with super combo had to purchase separately.

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Old 09-10-2018, 05:01 PM   #20
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You don't need the APHP to apply for any of the drawn hunts except for the e-postcard hunts. Never have.

Many of the hunting areas/WMA's offer hunting opportunities other than just the draw hunts. To utilize these opportunities, you have always needed the APHP permit (was once called the Type II permit). This goes back to the 90's if not earlier.

Then, they started postcard hunts several years ago on some of the hunts on some of the areas to limit the number of folks showing up for a hunt. Didn't cost anything to apply, you just sent in a postcard to be included in a drawing (completely separate from the draw hunts, didn't cost anything to apply, didn't cost anything if you were drawn).

When they came out with the new computer system several years ago, they just included the postcard hunts with the draw hunts.

For the past few years, you could apply for the postcard hunts without having bought the APHP permit ahead of time. Then, if you were drawn for the hunt, you could just go buy the required APHP permit. So, it was required for the hunt, but not for the drawing. The result of that was everybody applied because it didn't cost anything.

For this year, they made it a requirement that you had to buy the APHP permit first before you could apply for the postcard hunts. That's the only change. You don't need it to apply for the non-postcard hunts.
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:42 AM   #21
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Have the post-card hunts been around longer than the draw hunts? There are still some regular post card hunts that exist, they haven't all gone electronic-postcard yet.

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Old 09-12-2018, 07:33 AM   #22
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E-Post Archery Deer Big Lake Bottom WMA 9/28/2018 - 10/7/2018
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E-Post Archery Deer James Daughtrey WMA 11/5/2018 - 11/23/2018

I was the one that started this post about wondering if APH permits would effect the E-Post chances...... Chosen for TWO Hunts. And Zero before!
And more E-Post drawing to go.
Don't win nothing for years got another email for a 2nd chance

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Category: E-Postcard Archery Deer
Area: Keechi Creek WMA
Hunt Period: 11/16/2018 - 11/25/2018
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Old 09-12-2018, 01:04 PM   #23
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Don't win nothing for years got another email for a 2nd chance

Your application was selected for:

Category: E-Postcard Archery Deer
Area: Keechi Creek WMA
Hunt Period: 11/16/2018 - 11/25/2018
Nice! Congratulations!
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:04 PM   #24
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I also don't mind paying for the Public Permit ahead of time. I hunt mostly public anyways. If anything, it forces people who are on the fence to make that decision quickly and not jam up the drawing process.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:50 PM   #25
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My first time applying for hunts and I snagged Granger. Lots of mixed reviews on that land so Iím eager to get out there and see it for myself.


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Old 09-24-2018, 09:13 AM   #26
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I have a question. I applied for some e-postcard waterfowl hunts. There are several different dates to choose from and you get a first, second and third choice. There is also an "any" choice. If you choose "any" does it put you in for a chance at all the hunt dates or just one?
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Old 09-24-2018, 10:27 AM   #27
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I have a question. I applied for some e-postcard waterfowl hunts. There are several different dates to choose from and you get a first, second and third choice. There is also an "any" choice. If you choose "any" does it put you in for a chance at all the hunt dates or just one?
When you get selected in will apply your choice of dates until dates are full. If you choose any it will give you the first available dates that work. You don't get entries for each set of dates. Just one entry.
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:12 AM   #28
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When you get selected in will apply your choice of dates until dates are full. If you choose any it will give you the first available dates that work. You don't get entries for each set of dates. Just one entry.
Ok, thanks. I was hoping that you could enter for all available dates thereby improving your chances of being selected for at least one date.
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Old 01-19-2019, 06:00 PM   #29
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My first time applying for hunts and I snagged Granger. Lots of mixed reviews on that land so Iím eager to get out there and see it for myself.


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You do any good at Granger this year?


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Old 01-19-2019, 06:05 PM   #30
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Anybody got some numbers on the total number of entries applied for the hunts?
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:38 PM   #31
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Don't win nothing for years got another email for a 2nd chance



Your application was selected for:



Category: E-Postcard Archery Deer

Area: Keechi Creek WMA

Hunt Period: 11/16/2018 - 11/25/2018


You do any good on these 3 hunts?


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