"I am sitting on 7, with my buddy having 3. I screwed up last year and forgot to buy a point eliminating me from being at the top of the pile for those real stellar units. Figured I might as well include him and we would average out at 5. It's enough points to draw most other units."
I did the same thing...forgot to put in for a point in 2006, and was under the impression I had max points until last year. That one point knocks you out of competition for just about all the top units for a long time. Did the same thing with elk too. Dang it all!
I forgot to buy a point for elk a couple years ago too. Kept thinking I had lots of time and would do it later and then I realized it was October. Now I make sure to buy them in July! lol Im no where close to having max points and Im not chasing units that take alot of points so Im sure it was alot more painful for you guys but I may end up applying in a different unit because of it.
I wanted to hunt Unit 90, but with less than max points, that's pretty much a pipe dream for a LONG time now. Looks like it will be a different unit in the future. I'll be buying another point since I can't hunt WY this year due to money/time, AND the fact that I should pull an LE Muzz tag for elk here in UT. If I do that, it will take up the majority of my available time this fall.
Some of the point creep is from tags being reduced in alot of areas. Hopefully things will get better the next few years and there will be more tags and slow down the point creep.
As the time gets closer to putting in my buddy and I are leaning towards area 37. Both the biologist and the warden gave a good report on the area and I like the odds of success for the area. Even if half the unit is private there still is a lot of public hunting area left. Anybody have any reason that 37 would be a bad choice?