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    How does everyone organize your preference points??

    Keeping track, when you apply for multiple states, is a bit of a task for myself. Anyone have a good system?

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    I set up an alert on my phone for 5 days prior to the deadline that includes a list of each animal I apply for. I keep track of my preference points on my Huntin Fool portfolio page on the Huntin Fool website.
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    The huntinfool portfolio is a good way to track them if your a subscriber. Otherwise you can look it up on each states f&g website.

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    I have a spreadsheet and it has hugely simplified our application process. I'm tracking 230 lines of app due dates and draws (10 people, family and friends) and the system works very well. Once you put it together it is very easy to maintain. I've never missed and app or deadline since using this and it's easy to know how many points we have at any given time.

    The first line on the spreadsheet is the first app due (OR Spring Bear), the second is the second app due, and so on. That way when I finish an application, it is easy for me to look one line down and see when the next app is due. If I need to I can tickle the date on my phone, calendar or whatever.

    I also list the draw dates chronologically. It makes it easy for me to see when a draw is completed compared to when certain apps are due, since I may not apply for a tag in some states if I draw in an earlier draw.

    For me it goes something like this, top to bottom:

    JAN 1………..DUE: OR Spring Bear - Jim……….2 points
    JAN 1………..DUE: OR Spring Bear - Lee…......2 points
    JAN 31……...DUE: WY Elk - Jim…………………….8 points
    JAN 31……...DUE: WY Elk - Lee…...……………...4 points
    JAN 31……...DUE: WY Elk - Mike…………………..8 points
    FEB 12……...DUE: AZ Elk - Jim…………………...15 points
    FEB 12……...DUE: AZ Elk - Lee…..………………..4 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Elk - Mike………………….10 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Elk - Aaron……….………..9 points
    FEB 12……...DUE: AZ Elk - Alan…………………….8 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Elk - Hunter………………..6 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Elk - Fischer………………..3 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Elk - Lynn…………………...2 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Jim…………..24 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Lee…..……….4 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Mike…………..9 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Aaron….………8 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Alan……….…..8 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Hunter………..5 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Fischer………..2 points
    FEB 12……….DUE: AZ Antelope - Lynn…………..1 points
    FEB 20…....DRAW: OR Spring Bear
    FEB 28…....DRAW: WY Elk
    …and so on…..

    The fields I track across the top are:

    "COMPLETED in 2014" (When an app or draw is complete I enter "DONE" for that year)

    "DUE DATE" (when I have to apply by)

    "HUNT/DRAW" (for example "DUE: WY Elk" or "DRAW: WY Elk")

    "NOTES" The hunt or points I plan to apply for, along with a few notes on the hunts I am the most interested in.

    "% DRAW" (anticipated draw odds. I can tally the totals for each state, and each species, and chances for each person to draw). If the tag is drawn, I change this to 100%. If it is not drawn I change it to 0%. That way my totals give me a real time reflection of odds for a tag.

    "ANTICIPATED DRAW YEAR" When I expect to draw the tag.

    "PREFERENCE POINTS 2014" (Points or the current year's draw)

    "PREFERENCE POINTS 2015" (Points expected for next year)

    At the end of the year, I make a duplicate, and file the old one on my computer. I clean up the new one for the next year.
    Last edited by Umpqua Hunter; 12-14-2013 at 12:50 PM.
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    Ya I've been using a spread sheet like UH describes as well. In addition, I built a calendar horizontal bar chart that highlights the span of each hunt, so I can see how they overlap. I change colors according to the odds. Red means realistic 10%+, yellow 10%-. The rest, like sheep tags, in grey. I found this necessary as my points climbed to the top draw pools. In 18 years I have never missed a hunt due to overlap. I just apply carefully. I also subscribe to HunterAlerts.com for application reminders.
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    Nothing hi tech here. I keep a folder with info I have collected for each state. For app dates I watch the MRS and use the table at the start of it. I only apply in 5 states including my home state so my apps arent to complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    Nothing hi tech here. I keep a folder with info I have collected for each state. For app dates I watch the MRS and use the table at the start of it. I only apply in 5 states including my home state so my apps arent to complicated.
    I basically do what UH hunter does in a spreadsheet

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    Jim needs to hunt AZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by WapitiBob View Post
    Jim needs to hunt AZ
    Im with Bob on this!!! 24 lope points? 15 Elk?

    Wow...

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    I have a folder for every state I apply in. I used to write down where and when I applied in a notebook but last year I made an Excel spreadsheet for all my applications. The spreadsheet seems more efficient to keep track of due dates, points and apps.

 

 

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