Glad to see this change adopted. If you want to put all of your three (or six for moose) choices into one permit, now you can. This will make some permits harder to draw if you still want to spread your choices around, but it should increase your odds if you want to put all of your applications in for the same hunt. I think F&G can expect more revenue with this change, and personally, I think it will make the "gambling" a little more fun.
[Quote]The Alaska Board of Game approved the new random drawing process by a 6-1 vote Friday morning. The new system works like the bucket raffles used at some silent auctions. A prospective hunter can buy up to six $5 to $10 tickets per species. Then, the hunter can enter the tickets into the drawing for one hunt he or she really wants to go on or distribute the tickets among hunts in different parts of the state.
Under the old system, hunters could enter each drawing only once. For most big game species, hunters could only buy three tickets. The state received more than 200,000 applications for big-game drawing permits for the 2016 season. Winners were announced in February. Drawing permit tickets cost $10 for bison and musk ox and $5 for other animals under both systems.
“I like this new system,” board Chairman Ted Spraker said. “I think it’s a step forward. It came out of the Sheep Working Group, it came from the public. I think it would be a good alternative to a very complicated preference of bonus system.”
The one “no” vote came from Bethel board member Stosh Hoffman, who said he worried the bucket raffle system will be a gateway to Alaska adapting a “bonus points” system like one used in other states. Bonus point systems reward perseverance by giving unsuccessful applicants points toward future drawings. Hoffman doesn’t favor bonus points because they make it harder for young hunters to win drawings, he said.
The proposal for Alaska’s new system did start as a request for a bonus points system. The Alaska Bowhunters Association and other hunters asked the board to change the permit lottery because of complaints about people applying for years without success.
Game board members balked at the bonus points system after state employees reported that it would cost the state more money to track hunters over multiple years and award bonus points. The bucket raffle system was suggested as an alternative that would be easier to run.[/Qutoe]