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Reserve only hunts that are conducted during our opening weekend at a number of the GMA's are conducted as follows;

MDNR will determine (back in May) how many parties each area feels can be supported based on a number of factors (be it farming/weather, damage assessment, etc. etc.)

Hunters apply for the reserve hunts with a late August cut off, followed by announcement in mid september of their selection (yay/nay)

If you're lucky enough to get a congratulations response, you are Guaranteed a zone to hunt during your selected time. Your lottery draw is 1 in X as determined in the reserve draw app guide.

if at sometime between May and the opener that the conditions would support some more hunter parties, the manager can conduct a second (or third, like in the case of youth pref parties) draw.


that's the short answer to some of the questions/comments posted earlier.
I don't want guys thinking that the DNR is pulling a bait n switch or looking at the reserve draw as a pure money grab - it isn't.

remember: it's a State owned/funded waterfowl area. Any reasonable request/action to provide our hunters with opportunities should be considered.


so as an example, let's take FP:

you applied and got a draw - congrats.

you will go into a lottery with no more than 34 other parties.
let's say 30 show up. Your odds are now 1-30.

the reserve draw was for 35 total parties, so a second draw could be conducted for the last 5 spots or the manager could determine that he has 35+ X number of viable hunting zones. (let's say it's 50 for a number)

a second draw could be initiated for those parties wishing to participate for the 20 remaining spots.


A winning ticket doesn't mean that only 35 parties WILL hunt an area of 70+ zones.


want a short answer? think of it like an amusement park "Fast Pass" - you pay to get moved to the front of the line. doesn't mean you don't share the ride with others.
 

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want a short answer? think of it like an amusement park "Fast Pass" - you pay to get moved to the front of the line. doesn't mean you don't share the ride with others.
this makes sense. You got a slot in the pool.
 

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OK, that's fine, but how does the general public know when this is going to happen, the adding of hunt parties???

Kinda sucked when we have 1 adult and 3 youths set up next to 4 adults and they are calling and taking very long shots as we were letting birds work close.
 
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