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chances of being drawn?

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I applied for my first turkey license this year. Anybody have a guess of what my chances are of being drawn? Area 159 seasons A and H.

My guess is I have close to no chance of being drawn.

Thanks.

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Chance of you being drawn for A will probably be tough as you will probably need a preference point or two as a lot of people put in for those early time periods. Your chance for H will be much better. Lots of times the late periods are under applied for as a lot of people are going to be out fishing or think that the birds at that time of the year are hunter educated and will tough to hunt.

Just hope for the best and you should know in a couple of long months weather or not you got one. Good luck!

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Most permit areas have nearly 100% chance for being drawn the "H" season!

Paint:

Good to have you back! How did last season treat you? Hunting out of state this coming spring? Again, great to see you back.

Joel

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So I applied for season 'A' since I have never been drawn for my first season preference I wanted to try. I did not put a second season on my pick.

If I do not get picked I plan on trying/hoping for extra permits for a g or h season. Good plan or did I mess things up?

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Hard to say. First season is hard to get...but if you chose a second season your odds are pretty good.

I think the people that put a second season will have a "crack" before extra licenses are given out. I am not sure.

I got a license for first season last year after 3 years of applying. My brother applied and got a license the first year (for the same time).

On private land, any season is decent as you do not hunt and let the turkeys alone until your season comes up. My neighbors hope I draw early season for, if I do...I hunt, then let them hunt on my land. If I don't, I don't let them hunt.

From now on, I try to apply for the first season that doesn't include a weekend. Seems like people have better luck getting drawn at this time.

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From now on, I try to apply for the first season that doesn't include a weekend. Seems like people have better luck getting drawn at this time.


Hammer, good strategy. This is typically "B" season in MN. For my permit area, I've historically had anywhere from a 67%-80% chance of being drawn for this time period. A is in the 20 percent range, and C is in the 30-40% range. During the week offers you better odds!

Joel

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Hard to say. First season is hard to get...but if you chose a second season your odds are pretty good.

I think the people that put a second season will have a "crack" before extra licenses are given out. I am not sure.


This is from the DNR website

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If an applicant purchases a license for either the first or second choice, their preference returns to 0. If an applicant is picked for either the first or second choice and does not purchase the license, a new preference point is not awarded. Do not apply for a second choice if you do not wish to purchase the license, once picked the license cannot be issued again.


Note that if you choose a second season and don't buy your license that license does not go into the pool of undersubscribed licenses and you don't gain a preference point (They treat it like you got drawn and bought a license even though you didn't)

Best bet if you really want to hunt an earlier season is to only apply for your first choice and leave your second choice empty. Since there are usually surpluss licenses for the later seasons anyway, you might as well try for a surpluss that way you still accumulate your preference point for the next year.

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Joel: Last season wasn't to bad. Took a nice longbeard in both MN.and WIS. South Dakota was a lot tougher then ever. I had 3 tags and only took 1 tom and had to hunt for 3 days to get him. I'm not use to that out there.They have had 2 very dry years out where I hunt and it has hurt the past two hatches bad! This year will be tough as I saw hardly any jakes at all last spring.

As for this year I've put in for MN, WIS. and will put in for praire tags in SD. again. I will also be going down to Texas to try and get a Rio's to finish out my slam. Going down around Lubbock with an outfitter. March 29-31 for that hunt. I only wish that that was tomorrow!

How about your self. Any big plans for this year?

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PB:

I wish! Have another child on the way, due Feb. 19th, so I might not get to hunt WI this year. I'll be trying MN with a bow, and probably taking a few friends out during the gun season.

I've always wanted to hunt rios in TX. We hunted in OK and KS a few years back, and that was fun, but nothing like the stories of the numbers of birds in parts of TX. Good luck to you in finishing out the slam! I have one left as well, but am still on the fence as to which hunting option to take for my Osceola. Excited to try it out, but have heard alot of nightmare stories regarding feeder hunts and the like. We'll see. Time to start planning.

Joel

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