The answer is both yes and no. Since Special Permit group applications average Special Permit points in that category for all group members, those members with fewer points will benefit since the group’s average points are higher than their individual point total, whereas group members with higher point totals would not benefit since they end up entering the drawing with fewer points than if they applied on their own.
A group application is tougher to draw a Special Permit since permits would need to be available for the entire group as opposed to just yourself. For example, let’s say a group application with two members applies for a Quality Deer hunt with five permits available. If the application is considered after four of the permits have already been awarded, then that application would not be eligible for that hunt choice since only one permit is now available. However, under this same scenario, if the application considered was an individual application instead of a group application, then it would have drawn that fifth and final permit.
Also, since group applications are not eligible for hunts with fewer permits available than their group size, those applications cannot choose from as many hunt choices as an individual application. For example, a group of five should not select any Special Permit hunt choice with less than five permits available because that hunt doesn’t have enough permits available for all group members.
These are some of the reasons why it is tougher to draw a Special Permit as a group application. However, drawing a Special Permit with friends and/or family is a great way to share the experience. These are some of the factors you will need to consider when deciding whether to apply as a group or as an individual.
4th of June, 2013