By Shandi Martinez, License Application Service Manager, June 2014
It’s almost that time of year that I get to take a deep breath and relax a little bit! If you’ve been applying in several states, you’re probably feeling the same way. It can become quite the headache trying to keep up with all the deadlines, refunds, and draw results. I hope we’ve helped to ease that stress a little bit along the way, and hopefully you’ve got a tag or two to show for it!
Arizona offers both online and paper applications, but applying online will help prevent you from making mistakes and from having to front the entire tag fees. Arizona requires applicants to purchase a non-refundable combination license to apply. They increased the fee to $160 this year, but it now includes fishing and it’s good for 365 days, rather than the calendar year. If you applied for elk or antelope earlier this year, you have already bought this license. If you purchased it online, their system should automatically put your license number in. If not, you just have to enter it in yourself to avoid buying it again. They won’t issue you a refund if you buy two licenses, so make sure you’re paying attention!
Every year we hear about someone who drew a tag in Arizona, but their credit card declined for the tag fees, and thus they got rejected. Not only did they miss out on the tag, but they didn’t get a point for the year and lost their loyalty point or their progression to their loyalty point. Arizona will usually try to call the applicant a few times when their credit card declines, but if they can’t reach you, you’re out of luck. The moral of the story is if the credit card you used to apply gets cancelled, changed, or is maxed out, make sure you update the credit card they have on file. This can easily be done on their website in just a few minutes and will save you some heartache if you happen to get lucky.
Once you have applied, there is no way to fix anything on your application, so make sure you’re putting in for the right units with the dates that you want. If you draw a tag you don’t want, you can donate it to your child under 18 years old or to a charity, but you’ll still lose your points and the tag fee, so make sure you double check it before you hit submit.
If you already applied for elk and/or antelope, you should definitely apply or at least build points for deer and sheep. It’s only $15 per species, and it makes that $160 license fee go a little further, not to mention that there is a lot of trophy potential for both species.
Vermont offers an online application and a paper application, but they have one of the easiest online systems I’ve seen, so applying online is definitely the way to go. Their system is only a two-step process. The first step is entering your personal information and choosing your units. You can list all units on your application, and all choices will be considered before moving on to the next applicant, however we only recommend applying for the top two units. You can apply for the regular lottery and the archery lottery. They are two separate drawings, and you can apply or accrue points for each one. If you happened to draw both tags, they would let you choose which one you want, and you would keep your points for the other one. The second step to the process is entering your payment information, they only accept Visa or MasterCard, and then you’re done! It doesn’t get much quicker or easier than that.
If you draw a moose permit in Vermont, you will not automatically be charged. They will send you a packet in the mail, and you can choose to purchase the tag if you want. If you choose not to purchase it, you will still get a point for the year and you’re only out the $25 application fee. If you decide to purchase the tag, you will also have to purchase a hunting license. When purchasing a license, you will be required to show proof that you have held a hunting license in any other state or that you have taken a hunter safety course, no matter your age. There is no age limit to apply or obtain points, and since hunter safety isn’t required until buying a license, you can start accumulating points for your kids before they can even walk!
Wyoming Points Only
Since this is the last Application Tips article for the year, I just wanted to remind you that Wyoming’s online Points Only application period is July 1-September 30. You can only purchase a point if you didn’t apply for a tag earlier in the year as you can only gain one point per species per year. Their online system is very easy to use. They accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, and you only have to pay the point fee for each species. There is no point system for goats in Wyoming. We will also publish a Wyoming Points Only Alert in the July issue to help you remember.
With the application season coming to a close, it’s a good time to evaluate how your year went and decide if you need to change your strategy for next year. If you missed any deadlines or made any mistakes while applying, consider having us do your license applications in the future. Good luck with the rest of the draws. I hope you all have at least one great hunt to look forward to this fall!