I was reading some of the threads about draws on here and it got me thinking. I moved here from Alberta, Canada. Back in Alberta it a similar system where some species like whitetail are general harvest and then moose is general in some places and draw in others, and elk and muleys are usually draws, especially in the mountains. But the way they dealt with it is, say they give out 100 elk draws for one unit and 200 people apply. The 100 who are unsuccessful, go from "priority 0" to "priority 1" and the next year, they get precedence. The supply and demand of draws vary by species and unit, but in general if you were putting in for an elk draw year after year, you usually got it by the time you were priority 1, and ALWAYS got it by the time you were priority 2. Cow elk and cow moose were way more restricted, you usually had to be priority 5 or 6 to get it, but if you had the patience & put in every year you were guaranteed to eventually get it. If you couldn't hunt one year, say you were deployed or busy with work; you could still put in a "999" and they would bump you a priority level for the following year.
In other words, with a limited number of draws to give out, they start with those who have the highest priority for that species and then work down the list.
But here in AK.... it's random. You can put in for 20 years and not get the species you want, and somebody else can get it the first year. Just wondered why they wouldn't go to a priority system, or do they for some species???