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Tips For Applying for Hunting Tags
Tips For Applying for Hunting Tags

Tips For Applying for Hunting Tags

There are a number of big game animals on every hunter's bucket list.  Some of these larger animals, like moose, elk, bighorn sheep and other require tags or permits to kill.  Some are pretty straightforward, and you can easily buy a tag. Others have lottery systems and other methods to get your name pulled for a tag.  Below we have covered a number of tips for things that you can do to increase your chances of getting a hunting tag.

Each state has different rules and regulations that govern their lottery and tag system.  So this article is going to focus on general things that you can do to increase your chances.  It is important that you always check with the state's rules and regulations to make sure what you are doing is legal.  Hopefully, you can use these tips and increase your chances and get the opportunity to hunt the trophies of a lifetime.

Make the Deadline

This is a pretty basic concept to follow if you want to make sure you get a chance at the lottery.  You need to have your applications in on time. Also, make sure that your application is legible and you have filled out all of the required spots.  You don’t want your application disqualified or thrown out on a technicality.

Apply in Bulk

If money isn’t really an issue, and you want to increase your chances, you should apply in bulk.  This can be done for any animal you want to hunt, or you can apply to a number of different states.  This will only increase your chances for next year, and the more tags you have in, the more likely it is to get drawn.

Focus on the points

Each states points program will be different, but they all offer a way to increase the chances of you getting your name drawn.  While this is one way to increase your odds, generally it will come with a higher fee. However, if you don’t mind spending the extra money, this is a good way to get a tag for you.  Just check with the state and see what requirements are needed for the extra points

Primitive Weapons

Most hunters focus mainly on rifle hunting, so they only apply to the rifle hunts.  Fewer people apply to hunt with a bow or muzzleloader, making this an easier route to get a tag.  So if you don’t mind using these primitive weapons, there will be fewer hunters in the lottery for them. Meaning you will have a higher chance of getting your tag pulled.


Some people are lucky and get pulled the first time, while others have to wait years.  This is the only system in place right now in most states, so you have to grin and bear it.  If you have the money, you should look to apply in bulk and focus on increasing your points for each hunt.  These are good ways to increase your odds.

If money is an issue, you can look at choosing to hunt with a primitive weapon.  Also, you can apply to places that are less popular. Usually, they will have fewer applications, so it is more likely that a tag will get pulled.  Either way, its all a waiting game, and the more chances you take, the better your odds at getting your hunt of a lifetime.

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