By Shandi Martinez, License Application Service Manager, April 2016
If you haven’t missed any deadlines yet, you’re doing great! Now is not the time to relax, though, as there are five deadlines in April alone and several more in May. There aren’t a lot of changes in the states covered in this issue, but I’ll give you a few quick tips to help you apply.
After logging in or creating your account, you can choose either the points only option or select "Limited Draw Applications" if you want to apply for the draw. You can select up to four choices on your application, and you must choose an adjacent unit for each choice. For example, if you want to hunt in unit 15, you can choose unit 15 as your first choice and select unit 16 as the adjacent unit. Then, for your second choice, you can choose unit 16 with unit 15 as the adjacent unit. If you were to draw either choice, you would be allowed to hunt in both units.
If you want to apply for mule deer, you must apply for a whitetail tag in a unit that has mule deer stamps issued and select either archery or muzzleloader. You can then select that you want a mule deer stamp if successful in drawing a whitetail tag. If you don’t draw mule deer but you are successful in drawing whitetail, you cannot get a refund for your whitetail tag. If you do draw mule deer, you will have an Any Deer tag and will be allowed to shoot either a mule deer or a whitetail deer. There is not a point system for mule deer, it’s all luck of the draw.
When applying in Maine, you can check the seasons you are willing to hunt. You can mark all four seasons if you wish, just make sure the units you pick have tags for the season(s) you choose. You can choose 10 units, and all 10 choices will be considered before the next applicant is drawn. You can then choose how many chances you want to purchase. Chances are kind of like raffle tickets or a name in the hat. Each point you have gives you one chance, plus you can purchase as many additional chances as you want. Extra chances you purchase don’t carry over each year, only your accumulated bonus points do. You can also just purchase a bonus point for $15 if you don’t want to draw.
Montana has a pretty easy online system. After logging in or creating your account, select and submit all the species you wish to apply for. It will then ask for your unit selections one species at a time. Montana’s bonus point system is optional, and it will ask you on each species if you want to participate or not. The fee for bonus points is $20 per species, and we definitely recommend getting points. If you choose not to participate in the bonus point system, any accumulated bonus points you have will not be used for the current application.
Nevada has a fairly easy system to use, but if you have never applied in Nevada and were born after December 31, 1959, you will be required to submit proof of hunter education before you can apply. You can check to see if they have your proof of hunter education at www.huntnevada.com/ hunteredreg/. If they don’t have it, click the "Download Form" button. You will need to send them your form filled out with a copy of your hunter education card or certificate. Make sure you get it to them at least seven days before the deadline to ensure they can get it entered in time. You only have to do this one time, and they will keep your information on file so you can apply online in future years.
After selecting "Moose Lottery Application," you will need to fill out all of your personal information, even if you’ve applied before. Your bonus points are tied to your Driver’s License number, so make sure you enter it correctly, and mark the box if your number has changed.
Next, they list all available units and you rank them in order of your preference. You can rank all the units if you’d like, or you can just rank a few that you want to draw in. If your name is drawn, they will go through all of the units you have ranked, starting with your number one choice. If none of the units you have ranked are available, they will move on to the next applicant.
As always, if you get stuck on an application, feel free to give our License Application Service a call. We can either help you get through it on your own, or we can submit it for you.