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How Colorado's "Weighted Point" System Works For Sheep, Goats, and Moose

February 24, 2009.

Many states have a "bonus point" system or a "preference point" system designed to increase a hunter's odds of drawing a tag over time, but only Colorado has a "weighted point" system in place. And they only have it in place for sheep, goats, and moose.

In a "bonus point" system, you get an extra chance during the draw for each bonus point you have. You earn a bonus point each year you apply and are not drawn. Under a bonus point system, any applicant has a chance to draw, but hunters with more bonus points have more chances.

In a "preference point" system, licenses are randomly distributed to the applicants with the most preference points. If you're not at the top of the list in terms of preference points, you won't be able to draw a coveted tag. You earn a preference point each year you apply and are not drawn.

While Colorado has a fairly standard preference point system in place for deer, elk, antelope, and bear, it has a unique "weighted point" system in place for rocky mountain bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and moose.

To draw one of these tags in Colorado, you first have to accumulate 3 standard preference points.

You cannot accumulate more than 3 preference points for these species. If you have fewer than 3 preference points, you cannot draw one of these tags.

After you accumulate your 3 preference points, you receive 1 "weighted point" for each year you apply and fail to draw.

If you have 3 preference points for these species, you are assigned a 6-digit number for that species. That number is then divided by the number of weighted points you have plus one. The hunters with the lowest numbers draw the available tags.

Example:

If you have applied and not drawn 3 times for mountain goat, you have 3 preference points and 0 weighted points for that species. This year you will receive a random number that will be divided by 1.

If you are assigned an initial random number of 555555 in the draw, that is your final number going in to the draw
(555555 divided by (0 weighted points +1) equals 555555).

Example:

If you have applied and not drawn 7 times for moose, you have 3 preference points and 4 weighted points for that species. This year you will receive a random number that will be divided by 5.

If you are assigned an initial random number of 555555 in the draw, your final number going in to the draw is 111111
(555555 divided by (4 weighted points +1) = 111111).

I've got 3 preference points and 0 weighted points for moose (giving me only a slim chance at drawing) and 3 preference points and a whopping 8 weighted points for sheep, giving me as good a chance as anybody that's in the draw.

Good luck in the draws and keep building those points.

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