By Shandi Martinez, License Application Service Manager, June 2016
We’re finally down to a few last application deadlines, and hunting season is so close we can smell it. We’ve helped some of our longtime clients draw some great tags so far this year, and I can’t wait to hear about their hunts this fall. If you have yet to draw a tag this year, there are still some great states and species you can apply for, including hunts in Arizona for deer, sheep, and bison and Vermont moose. Here are a few tips to get you started on those applications.
This is Arizona’s second application period for the year, and we’re hoping this one goes a little smoother than the first. There were some issues with purchasing a license on the first go-round and thousands of people ended up having to buy two licenses. The Fish and Game Depar tment has spent a lot of time sorting it out and should have sent all of those applicants a refund for their second license. If you bought a license, or two, with your elk or antelope application, you don’t need to buy another one now, but you will need your license number in order to avoid it.
I get calls from members every year wondering how they can apply for multiple species at the same time. Unfortunately, Arizona does not offer a cart option on their website, so you have to completely check out for each species. Even with their paper applications, you have to use separate applications and send separate checks in separate envelopes for each species you are applying for.
Vermont has an interesting system, to say the least. Even though they have a bonus point system, there’s no login or ID number to access your information. Every year, it’s as if you are applying for the first time. You can apply for the regular lottery and the archery lottery. These are two separate drawings, and you can apply or accrue points for each one. Vermont lists the hunt choices for the regular lottery opposite of how they list them for the archery lottery. For the regular lottery, they list your choices and then for each choice you can choose a unit on a drop-down menu. For the archery lottery, they list the units and you can choose your choice number in the drop-down menu, similar to ranking the units. You don’t have to rank all six units if you don’t want to. Even if the system doesn’t make complete sense, it’s one of the quickest and easiest online applications.
There is no age limit to apply or obtain points in Vermont, so you can build points for your kids at any age. They don’t have to have hunter safety to apply, but they will need one before they can purchase a license or hunt. It can be tricky to navigate the ins and outs of applications when you’re trying to apply or even just build points. Luckily, we are here to help. We keep track of bonus and preference points for all of our License Application clients, which can be a hassle if you apply on your own. However, we offer a Huntin’ Fool smartphone app that can look up all of your points and store them for you right on your phone. Our app is completely free, and we’re hoping to add a lot more useful features in the future, so stay tuned.
As always, let us know how your draws and hunts turn out. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we love to see your success stories and share them with the rest of our members. Also, if there is anything specific you would like to see me cover in these articles, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of this article is to provide advice and information on the different application processes, and I’m always open to suggestions on how to make it more useful for you.