Managed waterfowl area draw changes/covid

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  1. craigrh13

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    According to an individual in the DNR there’s I believe 6 other states in the flyway have changed their draws to online only.
     
  2. BumpRacerX

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    Any idea what states? I'd love to travel and hunt other states that have a daily draw like what we have. Seemed to me that when I was looking last year a lot of states had yearly draws...like you get the blind for the year. But I might have been reading it wrong.
     
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  3. Ken Martin

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    Have they done this within 15 days of the season starting?

    I doubt it.

    Ken
     
  4. craigrh13

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    This was told to me around a month ago.
     
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    Going off memory here but I believe they were AL, MS, MO, IN and I want to say a couple more but cannot recall.
     
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    For what it’s worth the DNR is against online draws. Which makes me happy.
     
  7. Ken Martin

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    It takes time and money for the software to be implemented.

    No money
    No time
     
  8. craigrh13

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    Not to mention online draws simply suck. I talked to some MO hunters about their online draws and they hate it.
     
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    Good luck trying to get picked in Missouri as an out of state hunter.
    Better chance that Michigan wins the national football title next spring.
     
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    we absolutely do not want to go to online draws...it will be a totally regretful move. sounds great on paper...but the hands off approach will carry over into every other aspect of the experience.

    btw, indiana's managed areas and draw system is EXACTLY what we don't want to move to. lol. its horrible.

    when most OOS hunters experience our system...they leave very envious of what we have. keep that in mind. I know a couple guys that fly here from california for 2 weeks every year just to hunt our managed areas. lol
     
  11. BumpRacerX

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    I looked at Missouri last year. Can confirm basically what you just wrote. Was thinking...hmmm...finally take the family to Branson for a few days...then shift to an area where I can duck hunt their draws.

    Started reading about it and went...nope.

    Our system is the best system I can find for a draw experience.
     
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    We really do have a simple and FAIR setup.
     
  13. BumpRacerX

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    Thought about that last night. Started sketching it out on paper. Thinking about how it would work. Fantasy Football draft with the autopick turned on. Wouldn't be super hard to code. And then went...yeah...the state would take 3 years and 2.8 million dollars to develop this. And when it was all done COVID would be over and we'd be stuck with a crappy system that ended up giving me zone 3 at NQP over and over again.

    Plus a $5 administration fee for every day you wanted to enter the draw.

    I could see a mandatory pre-registration happening. Register online by midnight for the AM draw. Randomize entrants for pre-determined pick time. Enter building one at a time and pick what's left. If you don't pre-register you show up 30 minutes later form a line first come first serve of the leftovers.

    But again...something like this takes time and money for the state to develop. Not happening.
     
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    Many people I talk with wish that they ONLY had the draws pulling balls out of a bucket. It allows for full transparency.
     
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    absolutely agree. have never liked the computer pre-picked numbering packets. i think it took away from what the draw is all about.
     
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