I'm sitting with 1 point each for elk and antelope and 2 each for sheep and deer. (I missed the elk/antelope draw in 2012 as I was just getting my feet wet in all of the complex draw systems of the western states) I will have to buy the license to apply for these species for $160. Then $15 each for the 4 species that I apply for.
With the system that AZ uses is fine for deer and elk. They give 20% of the tags for each unit to the top point holders with the 10% non-resident cap still in effect. The 10% cap only seems to effect the very best trophy units and it is still possible to draw a good to great tag. I will draw one of the deer units I want in 4-7 years. I will draw one of the elk units I want in 3-5 years (I will never catch the top point holders for a great 1st rifle tag). As for sheep: It's a long shot but I will apply until I draw or die (I just look at it as a donation to wildlife). The difference with sheep is that 20% of the TOTAL tags for every unit combined are given to the top point holders. There are tons of residents in the top point pool so the 10% non-resident cap is never met in the 20% bonus pass round. That gives the non-resident a chance in the random draw.
The antelope draw is the same with 20% of each unit given out in the bonus pass round. With tons of nonresidents vying for the very few tags how long before all of the antelope units with bonus tags become 0% odds for a NR hunter without max points. This is an issue not being addressed by AZ. This is obvious by the way they don't give out separate Res/NR draw odds. With a 90/10 split between Res/ NR this will happen more often in the future. I want to hunt a true trophy antelope someday and I don't mind a long wait but I won't ever catch the top point holders in my lifetime. Is it worth applying or does someone see major changes in the future draws for antelope in AZ.
Disclaimer: I know you can hunt trophy antelope in Wyoming but how many 90 inch antelope come out of Wyoming?