After the computer randomly orders Special Permit applications for each category, it moves through each application and each application’s hunt choices. When the first application is reviewed, the first hunt choice is awarded since that application had the first pick. As the computer moves down the list of applications, hunt choices are checked to see if permits for those hunts are available. That is why it is important to think about the order of your hunt choices because the computer starts with your first choice and might not make it to the others.
For example, if an application’s first hunt choice is no longer available, the computer then checks the second hunt choice. If the second choice is available, then that application is awarded that permit. If the second choice is not available, then the third choice is checked. The computer will continue on until all hunt choices are checked for each application. If all hunt choices are not available, then that application earns a point and the computer moves on to the next application.
If you only want to hunt one location, you might choose to select only one hunt choice. In this case, the odds of being drawn are a little tougher because the computer will only review your one choice. However, you don’t risk losing your points for a Special Permit you’re not truly interested in drawing, but will instead earn a point to improve your odds for future drawings.
If you are open to drawing several different hunts, using the extra hunt choices will increase your odds of getting drawn. However, your fourth choice might not be your ideal location, but since you listed it as a choice and your first three hunt choices were not available, you will be awarded that permit and your points in that category will drop to zero. These are some of the factors to consider when determining what order and how many hunt choices to list.
4th of June, 2013