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    Draw Results for Wyoming!

    Does anyone know why it takes so long for the deer draw to be posted/completed and the Elk draw is fairly short? Just curious. Thanks, Matt.

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    Elk surveys are done during the first part of winter so they know what they want for tag numbers by January for the application period and then the draw in February. Deer and antelope surveys are done later on during late Winter and early Spring such that the application period is a lot longer. They also wait until the resident application period is done and do their elk draw along with the resident and NR draws for deer and antelope at the same time in late June. A lot of people think it's just so they can keep all the money and make interest off of it. but if that was the reason I would think they would also delay the NR elk draw until the other ones with all the money that involves.
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    I think they have the NR elk draw quickly so people think they arent trying to keep their money. Having it so early they keep everyones money that drew alot longer then if the draw was later like deer and antelope and if they didnt want to keep your money any longer then they had to they woundnt close deer/antelope apps till May 15. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdeere View Post
    Does anyone know why it takes so long for the deer draw to be posted/completed and the Elk draw is fairly short? Just curious. Thanks, Matt.
    The main reason given by the WGF is setting correct quotas for each area.

    Elk quotas are set long before the application period. The elk surveys are done in late winter and early spring for the following year. This means that they are setting quotas for 2014 based on 2013 population surveys. They do this because they feel they need the drawing early enough so hunters know results before the application for other species is due.

    January, February, and March are the best months GF has to conduct all surveys. They use most of April for compiling these surveys to determine each areas population. Then they need time to review carrying capacity for each area before setting actual quotas. Habitat changes and landowner changes play a role in quota setting. Waiting until the surveys are complete allows them to set very accurate quotas for deer and antelope. This is especially important with Antelope because of very high success rates annually. Elk success rates are typically low enough that quota mistakes don't have significant impacts in a typical year. If there was a large winter kill of elk in an area, hunter success rates would just drop considerably. If there was a huge antelope winter kill and they didn't change quotas, antelope numbers would suffer greatly because hunters can usually still find the remaining animals.

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    Antelope and Deer quotas are final and posted the last week of March. Public comments in April and Commission approval following that.

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    They should be coming out soon then. Can't wait to see the quotas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    The main reason given by the WGF is setting correct quotas for each area.

    Elk quotas are set long before the application period. The elk surveys are done in late winter and early spring for the following year. This means that they are setting quotas for 2014 based on 2013 population surveys. They do this because they feel they need the drawing early enough so hunters know results before the application for other species is due.

    January, February, and March are the best months GF has to conduct all surveys. They use most of April for compiling these surveys to determine each areas population. Then they need time to review carrying capacity for each area before setting actual quotas. Habitat changes and landowner changes play a role in quota setting. Waiting until the surveys are complete allows them to set very accurate quotas for deer and antelope. This is especially important with Antelope because of very high success rates annually. Elk success rates are typically low enough that quota mistakes don't have significant impacts in a typical year. If there was a large winter kill of elk in an area, hunter success rates would just drop considerably. If there was a huge antelope winter kill and they didn't change quotas, antelope numbers would suffer greatly because hunters can usually still find the remaining animals.
    So... I get that it takes some time to set quotas for the individual areas. But why cant WY move the application deadline closer to the draw date?
    "Elk don't know how many feet a horse has!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post
    They should be coming out soon then. Can't wait to see the quotas.
    I believe they are out now actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arwaterfowler View Post
    So... I get that it takes some time to set quotas for the individual areas. But why cant WY move the application deadline closer to the draw date?
    I'm sure the official answer would be to allow time to process the large numbers from all the different species... But I bet it has a little to do with the money.

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    all the dates and quotas are online now:

    http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/wgfd-1001683.aspx

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