I guess Ill get this in before the summer slowdown when fewer will see it.
I hear a lot about the waste of opportunities on Quota Hunts. Ive read no shows are something like 20-50%. STAs have this covered because if a permit holder doesnt show up by a certain time, his permit is given to a draw winner on that day. Wouldnt work so well on a 3 day Quota hunt. And you cant give away some guys 2nd day because he doesnt show on day 1.
So what if you could do an "online draw" to those within close proximity to the WMA. FCFS sort of....to those showing up. Pretty much everyone has a GPS enabled phone these days. What if a hunter could register for a drawing for that days hunt if his phone showed he was within, say 1 mile of the WMA? These permits would be in addition to the already allotted multi day hunts and would be good for only that day....or could even be for the duration too. It would reward those who are willing to "show up". I know some WMAs dont have good cell service so thats a factor.
Thoughts? Drawbacks? Benefits? Am I Bats*** crazy? (Dont answer that last question)
35 3 day quotas on 5 weekends.
Plus 140 hunters can get a zone tag at a drawing on Thursday.
Draw a tag leave your license. People always come back.
What about the other areas without a manned check station?
You draw 1 of your choices & return it = 0 point for that year.
less redraws = less people getting redraws and not showing up because they got nothing to lose and nothing invested.
you still keep your points for next year, you just don’t get to add one more.
I don’t believe I’m 100 miles from any permit area, so I guess I couldn’t apply under pinmans rules!😂
I suggest finding a way to increase quota permit numbers, lengthen their hunt days, and/or add additional hunts during the season... or better yet, eliminate them.
PS, what gives them the right to issue quotas on our lands anyway?
Where are the rules for posting? Ive never seen any. Quit writing books and try to stay on topic even though Im sure everyone is highly interested in your Caracara adventure and how you feel about scouting during hunts......
1. You put in for your choice of WMA drawing on the FWC app.
2. At the time of the drawing, for example, 4:00 AM, the app verifies your location within 1 mile of the WMA (you could be at the Waffle House as long as its within 1 mile).
3. The computer draws for example, 5 permits from the applicants who put in for the WMA and are within 1 mile of it. (I dont even know if this is possible with computers but seems resonable). These permits are in ADDITION to the permits already given out in the regular phases and do not affect those permnit holders at all.
4. Those 5 winning permitees get to hunt with a guest for the duration of the permit, could be for a day, could be for the entire quota hunt period.
Kinda hard to not let people return permits for a March hunt they have to apply for in November. Depends on what your goal is. Im expressing this to get more people in the woods.