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    Utah PP/bonus point system

    I've been looking at expanding my Western hunting net and want to start getting points for Utah. Will someone explain to me the PP/bonus point system for Utah? Thanks.

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    Utah has a bonus point not a preference point system. The way it benefits you is if you have say 5 points and are applying this year, you would have 6 chances to draw (5 + current year). The actual way this is pulled off by the draw software may be somewhat different, but that is basically your advantage.

    If a hunt has two or more non-resident tags, half of those tags go to the person with the most bonus points. So in that way your bonus points act like preference points, and if you have the most points you will draw. For example I am chasing one of the top elk hunts, and it has two tags, so one tag goes to those with the most points. I am in the max point pool, and last year five guys (with max points) put in so I had a 1:5 or 20% chance to draw. Those with even one point under max had less than a 1% chance to draw that particular tag.

    Another thing to keep in mind when applying in Utah is that the hunting license has a 365 day life. If you buy it very close to the last day you can apply on one year, the following year you can use that same hunting license to apply if you apply earlier than the prior year. In effect you only have to buy a hunting license every other year.
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    UH,
    Thanks. I figured you would know how to explain this to me.


    Financially, to apply for bonus point it appears there is a $10 application fee, a $10 bonus point fee, and then the hunting license $65 every other year if worked how UH pointed out. Is that correct?

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    I dont apply in Utah but that sounds about right to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    UH,
    Thanks. I figured you would know how to explain this to me.


    Financially, to apply for bonus point it appears there is a $10 application fee, a $10 bonus point fee, and then the hunting license $65 every other year if worked how UH pointed out. Is that correct?
    The app fee and bonus point fee are one in the same. For example, if you were to buy points for deer and elk (at the end of the application period, of course) your total would be $65 license + $10 per specie = $85. Next year, when you apply at the beginning of the application period, your license is still valid, so you're out $20 to apply for deer and elk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    UH,
    Thanks. I figured you would know how to explain this to me.


    Financially, to apply for bonus point it appears there is a $10 application fee, a $10 bonus point fee, and then the hunting license $65 every other year if worked how UH pointed out. Is that correct?
    I am not positive on that one because I have put in on-line for so long and I normally apply for the tag I am after rather than for a point. I think the $10 bonus point fee IS your application fee and you wont's get charged twice. I'm not positive on that one, but applying on-line will keep you from making a mistake.

    Utah is one of those states that as long as you are buying a point for one specie, it does not cost a whole lot more to apply for another specie. I think deer elk and antelope can eventually pay off. Desert sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goat, bison and moose will always be a long shot if you are just starting out. I am in the max pool for desert sheep and still have less than 1% draw odds because it has been years since they have had more than one tag for a given hunt, so max points is not having a big advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    I am not positive on that one because I have put in on-line for so long and I normally apply for the tag I am after rather than for a point. I think the $10 bonus point fee IS your application fee and you wont's get charged twice. I'm not positive on that one, but applying on-line will keep you from making a mistake.

    Utah is one of those states that as long as you are buying a point for one specie, it does not cost a whole lot more to apply for another specie. I think deer elk and antelope can eventually pay off. Desert sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goat, bison and moose will always be a long shot if you are just starting out. I am in the max pool for desert sheep and still have less than 1% draw odds because it have been years since they have had more than one tag for a given hunt, so max points is not having a big advantage.
    Perfect. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    I am not positive on that one because I have put in on-line for so long and I normally apply for the tag I am after rather than for a point. I think the $10 bonus point fee IS your application fee and you wont's get charged twice. I'm not positive on that one, but applying on-line will keep you from making a mistake.

    Utah is one of those states that as long as you are buying a point for one specie, it does not cost a whole lot more to apply for another specie. I think deer elk and antelope can eventually pay off. Desert sheep, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goat, bison and moose will always be a long shot if you are just starting out. I am in the max pool for desert sheep and still have less than 1% draw odds because it has been years since they have had more than one tag for a given hunt, so max points is not having a big advantage.
    YOu are right UH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    UH,
    Thanks. I figured you would know how to explain this to me.


    Financially, to apply for bonus point it appears there is a $10 application fee, a $10 bonus point fee, and then the hunting license $65 every other year if worked how UH pointed out. Is that correct?
    That's what the MRS used to say but as others have said, that is wrong. Maybe they've fixed that mistake, I'm not sure.

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    Best I can figure you pay for a $65 hunting license and a $10 app fee and if you dont draw you get a point at no additional charge. The UT web site seems to get more confusing the more I look at it....
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