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Preference Points - Interesting Read

Been a lot of discussion regarding the draw for PA elk tags not being a true preference point system.

Maybe that's a good thing from what this article presents.
https://blog.eastmans.com/the-myth-o...erence-points/
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All valid points. A true preference point system for elk in Pa. would really discourage first time buyers.
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Interesting! Mebbie what we have here in PA ain't all that bad...just like a lot of things!!
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There is no doubt that it can be frustrating to wait years upon years without getting drawn for a PA elk tag. But for the intended purpose of what it's supposed to do, our system is pretty good.

I do not ever entertain hopes of getting drawn for a second tag, but I'm sure going to apply.
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Reading about the way some of the Western points systems work was really discouraging to me looking for a first time hunt without paying for landowner tags. OTC options are nice, but can present challenges. The "bonus point" system PA employs really isn't that bad. Gives extra chances to those applying every year, but also a random draw allowing newer people in.
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So with the current system, someone who drew a tag last year has the same chance to draw again as the applicant with 10 "PP's"? That is the down side of the present system. Perhaps a 10 year waiting period before being eligible to apply again?

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Five (5) year wait if you draw a bull tag in Pa.

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So with the current system, someone who drew a tag last year has the same chance to draw again as the applicant with 10 "PP's"? That is the down side of the present system. Perhaps a 10 year waiting period before being eligible to apply again?
PA's system is actually bonus points. Guy with 10 bonus points, has 10 chances. I have zero bonus points. If I apply this year I'll have one chance. Like buying raffle tickets, you have x number of chances.

True preference points are basically just wait your turn in line. Which the obvious downside is some people never get to the front of the line if demand exceeds supply.

Going to be interesting to see what they do with the archery tags because if that goes through I'll apply for the first time. Will long time applicants be able to jump into the archery pool with their bonus points or will we all start anew?
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So with the current system, someone who drew a tag last year has the same chance to draw again as the applicant with 10 "PP's"? That is the down side of the present system. Perhaps a 10 year waiting period before being eligible to apply again?
I think it currently states if you draw a bull tag, you are not eligible again for 5 years, however those who draw a cow tag can apply the following year.
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PA's system is actually bonus points. Guy with 10 bonus points, has 10 chances. I have zero bonus points. If I apply this year I'll have one chance. Like buying raffle tickets, you have x number of chances.

True preference points are basically just wait your turn in line. Which the obvious downside is some people never get to the front of the line if demand exceeds supply.

Going to be interesting to see what they do with the archery tags because if that goes through I'll apply for the first time. Will long time applicants be able to jump into the archery pool with their bonus points or will we all start anew?

Yep, I haven't put in for PA elk for years (maybe never, can't remember) but will if they do the archery one. Will be interested to see how they handle that.

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