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may 2012 Commission Meeting

May 3-4, 2012
Blue Bell Lodge - Custer State Park

Information

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Division of Administration

Action Items
Approve minutes of the April 4-5, 2012, meeting
Additional Commissioner Salary Days
License List Requests

  • Ramada of Summerset for 1,000 names of elk, turkey and deer hunters who will be coming to the Black Hills; will send information to hunters to promote business and offer special rate; approved
  • Carey Story of Chamberlain for 2,000 names of nonresident preserve license holders from GA, TX, LA, FL, and MS; will send a mailing that promotes Rooster Lodge and the Chamberlain Area; approved
  • South Dakota Wildlife Federation for 50,000 names of non-resident small game license holders to send a survey asking them the amount of access fee if any that they paid, types of land they hunted, and several other questions; seeking exception to normal fee status and flat $100 fee for list; approved

Wildlife and Snowmobile FY13 Budget Approval

  • GFP overall budget reduced by just over $3 million over FY12 to $78,977,83
  • Division of Parks $18.9 million maintenance and operation; $8.6 million capital development budget
  • Snowmobile budget increase of $162,772 over FY12 to $1,454,790
  • Division of Wildlife $15.7 million for operations from federal funds and another $26.4 million from fishing license fees; $4.3 million for capital development projects; just over 287 FTE
  • Commission approved budgets for Snowmobile and Division of Wildlife

Information items
License Sales Report

  • License sales continue to outpace same time in 2011, mainly due to nice weather and good fishing
  • Total sales 120,121 in 2012 compared to 82,426 at same time in 2011
  • Fishing license sales enjoying the most benefit; resident annual sales 30,872 compared to 14,474 in 2011 and Resident Combination at 29,459 compared to 21,629; nonresident annual at 6,811 compared to 3,267

Open Forum

  • Dr. Tom Huhnerkoch spoke on mountain lion management; feels the past and current management is aimed at eliminating lions from the Hills; biggest problems are caused by two-legged predators and not the 4-legged predators
  • Big Horn Sheep Group: Matt Rippentrop spoke on the groups concerns for preservation of sheep in South Dakota; from 2008-10 quota was 5 tags, but declining population has brought down to limit of 2 tags; promoting setting aside a bighorn sheep tag for auction to raise additional funds for sheep management; North Dakota has raised just short of $1 million since they started auctioning tags several years ago; figure an auctioned tag can bring $70,000 with 100% of sale price going to management; would like GFP to hire a full-time bighorn sheep management biologist; Midwest Sheep chapter will offer $25,000 per year for 5 years to help fund a fulltime biologist; seeking additional funding with other partner organizations; potential $110,000-$160,000 funding per year for creating habitat, transferring sheep, predator control, youth projects and more; proposal would have GFP managing the account
  • Black Hills Group: Tom Juntti a retired US Forest Service employee spoke on livestock monitoring in the Black Hills; range condition are completed by USFS employees who walk transects; rating of condition is biased to better range conditions; recommends manage on residual monitoring meadows using Robel pole and leave a constant amount of vegetation for better drought management; ran transects over a large area of the Hills for a field study; study showed most pastures were overgrazed while USFS data would show that most were not overgrazed; USFS disputes use of Robel pole; did a direct measurement of test areas and 4 of 7 pastures were overgrazed; states there is a high degree of scientific certainty that overgrazing is widespread throughout the Hills
  • Anna Hermanson, president of SD Trappers Assoc; in full support of trapping proposals that will be put forward at this meeting; have funds available for furbearer research and offer those with potential projects to contact Anna

Public Hearing

  • There were no rule proposals from the April Commission meeting so no public hearing was required

Hunting Season Proposals

Deer Population Report as preliminary information to proposals

  • Mule and white-tailed deer are native; influx of settlers when homesteader act was passed brought a rapid loss to population through unregulated hunting; 1883 first law to protect deer was passed; 1911 the Buck Law protected the harvest of antlerless deer and 1925 amendment prohibited deer hunting everywhere outside of the Black Hills; by 1947 whitetails had returned to most areas East River and began opening up deer hunting both West River and East River
  • Harvested around 10,000 fewer deer this past season than the year before; this next year will bring further decrease in deer harvest trend; West River Deer harvest in 2011 was 31,800 with a 48% success rate; Archery Deer harvest around 8,400 with 27% success; Muzzleloader 1,730 harvest with 26% success; Youth Deer 3,060 harvest; Mentored harvest 1,200; Landowner on own land 1,550; Free Landowner Antlerless 900; and WR Special Buck around 730
  • Perception of deer hunters and landowners in central part of state feel there is a lot of deer; about right or not enough deer in west; and east river too few deer
  • Recruitment estimates of fawns per doe has decreased for both mule deer and whitetails the past 3 years
  • Coming out of 10 years of liberal harvest efforts to lower an overabundant deer population; 3-tag licenses; reduced antlerless deer license fees; added seasons and longer season to harvest more deer
  • Winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11 were both severe and took a toll on deer populations; decreasing habitat quality with more Ag production land; coyote populations are building
  • Recommendations for 2012 reduce licenses by 11,630 for residents and 929 for nonresidents; only antlerless licenses be valid during antlerless extensions; adding counties to restricted area for statewide licenses
  • Deer research projects in progress include a study of whitetail movement patters and survival East River; study on mule deer in western SD to estimate populations using aerial survey; just starting a study to estimate Black Hills Deer population; starting a study to determine deer and pronghorn herd composition; have around 50 deer in pens at SDSU to evaluate a number of different things, including using tannins as a deterrent to crop depredation; finishing up a study on mountain lions and bighorn sheep that includes prey sources such as deer
  • Black Hills Deer: Hunter harvest in the Black Hills includes more than just the regular BH Deer season, also Youth, Muzzleloader, Mentored and Archery seasons all add to harvest; predation through mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats; habitat affected by drought, fire, forage competition; have seen as high as 15% mortality in a bad winter; diseases such as EHD and CWD; and collision with motor vehicles; have seen a slight but study decline in fawn recruitment over past few years; additional harvest of deer through seasons other than the regular BH Deer season has brought a much higher harvest of deer and the harvest of antlerless deer through these other seasons has impacted the overall deer population; to reverse deer herd decline have significantly reduced antlerless harvest, significantly increased the harvest of mountain lions, and recommending further reduction of rifle licenses to increase the population in the Black Hills to 50-60,000 deer

West River Deer Hunting Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Adjust resident licenses by increase of 1-tag licenses by 1,590; increase 2-tag licenses by 830; decrease 3-tag licenses by 4,960 (20% reduction in the number of tags)
  • Adjust nonresident licenses by increase of 1-tag licenses by 128; increase 2-tag licenses by 67; decrease 3-tag licenses by 397
  • Modify the boundary description for Unit WRD-27L to add some additional public lands adjacent to the Cheyenne River and Angostura Reservoir and to make the unit boundary more easily identifiable for hunters; on the eastern edge of the unit there are some small acreages of public land that can be utilized
  • Only unfilled “antlerless deer”, “antlerless whitetail deer”, or “antlerless mule deer” tags are valid during the antlerless deer season extension beginning the Saturday after Christmas
  • Season dates for most units Nov. 10-25; antlerless tags only valid Sept. 29-Oct. 14 and Dec. 29-Jan. 6
  • Commission changed the staff recommendation and proposal will include elimination of the Sept. 29-Oct. 14 dates

Black Hills Deer Hunting Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Offer residents 200 fewer (from 400 to 200) and nonresidents 16 fewer “any deer” licenses
  • Offer residents 500 fewer (from 3500 to 3000) and nonresidents 40 fewer “any whitetail” licenses
  • Offer residents 50 fewer and nonresidents 4 fewer “antlerless whitetail” licenses
  • Season dates Nov. 1-30

Archery Deer Hunting Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Add Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin, and McCook counties to the restricted area where only one (1) single tag antlerless deer license is valid
  • Make “Antlerless Deer” licenses not valid for Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Modify the rule to allow 45 “antlerless deer” and 5 “any deer” resident licensees to hunt deer at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve and 5 “antlerless deer” and 5 “any deer” resident licensees to hunt deer at the Blood Run Nature Area through the issuance of “Access Permits” issued via lottery drawing by the Department
  • Allow an individual to possess an uncased bow and to allow the use of bow and arrow to hunt deer and turkey within the Blood Run Nature Area – it is GFP plan to offer hunting in this area, but with number of residences in close proximity to limit hunting to archery only
  • Season dates Sept. 22-Jan. 15

Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Add Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin and McCook counties to the restricted area where only one 1-tag antlerless license is valid
  • Season dates Dec. 1-Jan. 15

Youth Deer Hunting Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Add Brookings, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Turner and Yankton counties to the restricted area where only one youth deer license is valid
  • Season dates Sept. 8-Jan. 15

Archery Antelope Hunting Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Eliminate 2-tag license
  • Include those portions of Custer and Pennington counties within the Black Hills Fire Protection District (except Custer State Park) and issue 5 special access permits via lottery drawing to those licensees who possess a valid “any antelope” resident archery license; the special access permits may be issued by lottery drawing; open area for season would then be all areas where the prairie (firearm) antelope season is open and Brule, Buffalo, Hand, and Campbell counties; and (resident only) the portions of Custer and Pennington counties within the Black Hills Fire Protection District with special access permits
  • Season dates Aug. 18-Oct. 31 except when firearms season is open

Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons proposed changes from 2011

  • Offer residents 410 more 1-tag licenses and 1,550 fewer 2-tag licenses in East River units
  • Offer 500 fewer 1-tag licenses for residents and 40 fewer nonresident in the Black Hills
  • Close Harding County to Fall Turkey season
  • Season dates Oct. 1-Jan. 31

Furbearers/Trapping Season proposed changes from 2011

  • Bobcat proposed change would allow a limited season in certain counties east of the Missouri River (Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Bon Homme and Yankton) with a limit of one bobcat per hunter or trapper; recently completed research has verified that there is a harvestable population of bobcats along the Missouri River in south central South Dakota; the proposed season east river would allow trappers and hunters a unique opportunity to harvest a bobcat where previously this opportunity only existed in western South Dakota; season dates West River Dec. 8-Feb. 15 and East River Dec. 8-30
  • No changes to beaver season so this is finalized with same season structure as 2011
  • No changes to fox, skunk, raccoon, opossum, jackrabbit and badger so same season structure as 2011
  • No changes to mink, weasel and muskrat trapping seasons so same structure as 2011

Trapping Prohibitions proposed changes from 2011

  • Change the date that traps may be placed prior to the mink season to be consistent with other administrative rules (i.e. sunrise of opening day)
  • Clarify the dimensions of colony traps used for muskrat trapping as round and square traps are now being used and current rule only addresses round traps
  • Require on public lands and public road rights-of-ways statewide, that body grip traps with an opening greater than 36 sq. inches (larger than 160 Conibears) when used in conjunction with any bait, lure, or scent be recessed a minimum of seven inches in cubbies, baited box traps, or bucket traps
  • These proposed changes are to address administrative rules to become consistent with other rules pertaining to season dates, as well as, to clarify the dimensions for round and square muskrat traps as the current rule only refers to round traps; the proposed change regarding body grip trap restrictions is to address growing concerns from upland bird hunters that utilize hunting dogs on public lands and public road right-of-ways; as fur prices have increased over the last several years, GFP has seen a significant increase in the number of baited box traps or bucket traps that are used on public lands and public road right-of-ways; these cubbies, baited box traps, or bucket traps are very effective at taking raccoons, opossum, and skunk; however, GFP has had three reported cases this past year of two dogs and a cat being killed in these trap sets; by adopting these proposed changes, the possibility of unintentionally killing a dog in these types of sets should be significantly reduced

Muskrat Shooting Season

  • Proposal would create a new rule to open a limited hunting season on muskrats
  • During the 2012 legislative session, HB1117 was passed requiring GFP Commission promulgate rules to specify hunting seasons, hunting units, and other restrictions for the hunting or taking of muskrats necessary for the proper management of wildlife; rule effective on July 1, 2012.  The passage of this bill was to address damage caused by muskrats to roads and other infrastructure, as well as, private property
  • Season proposed to be open April 1-Aug. 31 statewide; only landowners on their own property and state, county and township highway officials within public rights-of-way may shoot muskrats; nontoxic shot is required for shotguns
  • Resident Canada goose numbers have shown an increasing trend since the early 1990’s in South Dakota and are monitored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual May Breeding Waterfowl Survey; though the 2012 survey has not been conducted, this survey showed a spring population index of 227,000 Canada geese in South Dakota during 2011; the most recent 3-year average (2009-2011) is 186,000 birds; this is significantly higher than our management plan goal of 80,000-90,000; these large numbers of resident Canada geese are causing significant crop depredation in eastern South Dakota; landowner tolerance to goose depredation has decreased over the years due to economic issues such as higher commodity prices and increased crop production costs; although most of our depredation problems with resident Canada geese are agricultural in nature, we are also experiencing urban goose problems, in particular, Sioux Falls; an estimated 30,300 Canada geese were harvested during the 2011 August Management Take; in addition, harvest data for the Early Fall Canada Goose Season indicate 50,361 Canada geese were harvested in 2011, up from 44,139 in 2010

August Management Take Goose proposed change from 2011

  • Expand the open area to include Brown, Hutchinson, Spink, and Turner counties
  • Open area would then include Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Hamlin, Hanson, Grant, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall, McCook, Minder, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Spink and Union counties
  • Season dates Aug. 11-26

Rule Reduction Initiative

  • Staff has been doing a review of all rules to consolidate and simplify as part of initiative from the Governor to simplify rules in state government
  • This proposal will repeal 54 rules, modify 24, create 5 new rules through consolidation, and repeal 3 chapters with a total of 8 more rules removed
Division of Parks and Recreation

Action items
Big Sioux Land Acquisition

  • The Commission was presented with a resolution authorizing Division of Parks staff to proceed with purchase of land that will be used as an addition to the Big Sioux Recreation Area
  • Sellers are Elsie Metz of Sioux Falls and Vernon Risty of Arlington Heights, IL for purchase 15 acres for price of $35,210
  • Cost of acquisition would be split 1/3 Parks, 1/3 Wildlife and 1/3 City of Brandon
  • Commission approved the resolution

Information items
Fort Randall Concession Marina

  • Commission was presented with information on a future resolution to extend the lease of the concessionaire at the marina
  • The lease is desired to help accommodate the long-term exclusive rights agreement that goes with marina boat slips and address the concern that the original lease provided little opportunity for the general public to rent boat slips at the marina on a seasonal first-come, first-served basis
  • GFP would agree to an incremental series of lease extensions for the conversion of marina slips from their current long-term format to seasonal rental on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Three phases to conversion of boat slips that, if completed to the satisfaction of GFP, will eventually result in extension of the lease through Dec. 31, 2028
  • Agreement also lays out how the future boat slip allocation process will be handled
  • This resolution will be taken to the Commission as an action item at the June meeting

Revenue and Visitation Report

  • January-April revenue up 10.6% over same time period in 2011 (which was pre-flood)
  • Camping unit up 174.9% over 2011
  • Park visitation up 29.4% with Richmond Lake, Sandy Shore, Lake Herman, Snake Creek, Palisades, Oahe Downstream, Bear Butte and Shadehill all showing greater than 50% increase

Custer State Park Mountain Pine Beetle update

  • Goal for 2011-12 Mountain Pine Beetle project was to identify and treat every infested tree
  • 98,632 trees identified; approximately 55,000 will be cut and removed (should finish around June 1) and 43,632 were cut and chunked (completed)
  • Sylvan Lake-Needles Highway corridor had the highest density of beetle-infested trees
  • Before this year’s August flight of beetles will be setting up a number of lethal bait sites around areas that were cut and chunked; bait pack is placed on a tree near site and 6-8 trees are sprayed with insecticide to kill beetles that attempt to attack these trees
  • Difficult to get spray equipment to these sites for treatment; usually on steep rocky slopes; experimenting with a method to girdle baited trees; no insecticide would be applied but the theory is that beetles will attack tree, lay larvae, and then girdled tree will dry out killing most larvae before they hatch
  • Another 373 acres of tree thinning on north boundary of the main body of CSP to reduce beetle risk and create a buffer against Forest Service land

Wind Cave/Custer State Park Boundary Fence Agreement

  • Agreement reaffirms commitment to maintain fence that serves the common boundary between the two parks and is intended to establish standard operating procedures for handling accidental bison exchanges and elk management
  • CSP encompasses the north boundary of Wind Cave Park; as part of this agreement, the Park Service will install elk jump gates as part of the boundary fence and will allow elk to enter CSP directly from Wind Cave in 2012 and future years; currently have 16 on west boundary and will add 6 gates on boundary shared with CSP
  • CWD has been another concern between elk herds, prevalence rate of disease is slightly higher in Wind Cave than in CSP
  • Hope to facilitate movement of up to 400 elk from Wind Cave, some will go into CSP and others will exit through jump gates on west side of Wind Cave; feel this is a far more innovative way to manage elk herd as opposed to what Theodore Roosevelt Park in North Dakota has done with their elk shooters which is not a hunt but volunteer shooters assigned to put down designated elk; jump gates will facilitate hunting in areas where hunting is allowed
  • The two agencies will work cooperatively to meet shared elk population and herd health objectives
  • The agreement will be in effect for 5 years from date of final signature

Agency Partner Reports
Black Hills Forest Service: Questions and Answers on public concerns

  • Craig Bobzien, Forest Supervisor for the Black Hills provided answers to some of the questions that have been received by the Commission from the public
  • USFS objectives for range management include: manage range vegetation to protect basic soil and water resources, provide biodiversity, improve and maintain environmental quality, provide expertise on range management and grazing
  • 135 grazing allotments over most of the forest; around 23,000 head of cattle; many terms and conditions for holding a grazing permit and these are aimed at long-term permits and use; environmental planning is done on all 135 allotments; annual operating plan sets out how they are going to operate in the current year
  • Cows are usually turned out in June and taken off in the fall; management priorities change from area to area, but many areas have elk as the priority
  • Large scale fires and prescribed fire are desirable in terms of rejuvenating vegetation; normally there is a recovery period for these burned areas until grass is reestablished before grazing is allowed as a soil protection measure
  • There has been a decline in aspen and other hardwoods and ruffed grouse are closely associated with these habitats, so as these habitats declined so did ruffed grouse; management plan includes rebuilding some of the hardwood populations and ruffed grouse will be a key species in identifying success
  • Will use mechanical means and prescribed fire to help control encroachment of pine in some areas; USFS will manage habitat for increase diversity
  • No plans to increase to increase cattle grazing in the forest
  • Riparian areas are managed closely and there are a number of issues of concern including livestock, wildlife, ATVs, and development
  • Wildlife management objectives are set and met through close communication with all parties; wildlife is appreciated by most and is a high priority in the management plan
  • USFS staffing has been good for handling range issues, but more time is being taken to deal with urban issues and houses as opposed to working on grazing areas
Division of Wildlife

Information items
Region 1 Outstanding Performance Award

  • Mike Kintigh presented to Jack Alexander, Wildlife Damage Management Specialist in the region, the 2011 performance award for the region; Jack has taken a lead on overseeing tracking and handling mountain lion complaints using primarily using hounds; lion research work has relied on Jack’s assistance in tracking and capturing lions for collaring; his help has extended beyond boundaries to assist with some Wyoming projects as well

Longevity Award

  • Emmett Keyser gave special recognition to Doug Alvine for this 35 years of service to GFP; Doug is retiring just after the June meeting; Doug was recognized for his leadership in developing public access, fishing, and flooding challenges; there will be a retirement event for Doug on June 1

Sportsmen Against Hunger

  • Program summary shows: 2006 – 940 deer donated; 2007 – 1,758 deer; 2008 – 1,946 deer and 354 antelope; 2009 – 2,046 deer and 262 antelope; 2010 – 2,275 deer and 115 antelope; and in 2011 – 1,749 deer, 37 antelope, and 2,047 Canada geese
  • Deer donations by license type in 2011-12 were: 1,113 from antlerless deer licenses (64%), 354 from antlerless whitetail licenses (20%), 219 from any deer licenses (13%), and 50 from any whitetail licenses (3%)
  • First year for Canada goose donations thanks to a rule allowance by the US Fish and Wildlife Service; most donations came from Clark and Day counties
  • Certificate expenditures last year were at $97,118, down from $118,350 the year before
  • Will work on incorporating Early September Canada Goose season as part of eligible donations
  • Resolution will be brought to Commission in June to approve going forward with this program another year

Fish spawning update

  • Three types of stockings are done by GFP: Trout stocked as catchable fish; trap and transfer of fish; spawning of perch, pike and walleye for eggs to be hatchery-raised and stocked
  • Walleye egg take goal this year was 120 million but reduced that goal to 105 million after receiving some walleye fry from Gavins Point; took 111 million eggs, highest take in last 10 years
  • Perch are #2 popular fishing species in SD, there are times when conditions are not conducive to a natural perch spawn; goal was 15 million and took 18.4 million; portion were stocked directly back into lakes as fertilized eggs
  • Annual survey of smelt spawning run; did not see many smelt on that survey and consider this in the lower third of surveys that have been conducted over the years; not expecting to see a big year on smelt; Corps kept water levels on Oahe beneficial to fish reproduction
  • Stocked adult gizzard shad into Lake Oahe to increase abundance of this forage fish
  • Urban fishery stockings include catchable hatchery-raised trout and fish that are trap and transferred from other areas; often stock trout in spring and fall when water temperatures are cool for a popular fishing experience

June Statewide RAP Conference

  • Will be hosted in Pierre just before the June Commission meeting and will bring all four regional panels together in one place
  • Focus on recruitment and retention of hunters and anglers; Matt Dunke from Wildlife Management Institute will be a guest presenter and group will discuss what works and what does not work

Lifetime licenses and SD residency

  • There have been bills introduced in the past in legislature that have not made it out of committee, but this remains a topic of discussion for some
  • A lifetime license allows an individual to exercise the privileges for life, even if they move out of state; may include purchase of resident privileges or nonresident privileges
  • Statue is written that those exercising privileges in another state may not exercise privileges in SD; GFP interpretation allows an individual who is exercising lifetime license-type privileges in another state may exercise resident privileges in SD
  • Opinion was sought from Attorney General Office by a couple of legislators and there was concurrence with GFP interpretation
  • Next recourse would be for individuals to work with legislators to change statue to change this standing

Public Water Zoning-Family Park

  • There had been discussion about access for disabled anglers on the waters and an individual will receive a permit to allow use of an electric motor; GFP policy in development to allow individuals to apply for a permit that will allow them to use an electric motor on the waters

Elk Research Update

  • Chad Lehman reported that the research has been a very active process with elk capture and increasing the number of study areas; successfully captured and collared 81 elk
  • In both study areas, pregnancy areas were similar and increased over last year; in each study area there has been one mortality and each was by mountain lion
  • There are currently 37 cow elk in one are and 36 in another area to track calf births
  • This will provide extremely valuable information to model population for elk in the southern Black Hills
  • There is an additional mountain lion prey selection study to determine specifically within CSP if there are mountain lions targeting calf elk as prey; this will help determine if calf are prey in general, or if there are specific cats targeting calves

Landowner Preference Point System

  • Statue in state law 41-6-21 establishes that Commission may give preference in limited license drawing; it also stipulates that individual who receives landowner preference must actually operate or live as owner or tenant on the land
  • Rules adjusted on elk preference by Commission in 2007: 50% of licenses in each unit are available to landowners; operative minimum 240 acres with 500 days of annual elk use on their land; written agreement is required for tenants; all family members are eligible for only one family member may apply for preference in a given year; license is valid for the entire hunting unit
  • Two ways an officer learns of a landowner elk preference: one, a long-standing individual in the area who an officer has worked with over a course of years; the other way is after a drawing is completed the License Office sends a list of landowner license holders for officers to review and make sure they are eligible, and may followup review of list with an on-site investigation to determine that the applicant is eligible
  • System is a weighted lottery system that adds a year of preference for every year unsuccessful; gives those with the highest number of preference point a better chance to draw a license, while allowing those with lower number of preference to draw a license on some very long odds; does not guarantee anyone a license over those with low or no preference
  • Landowners receiving 50% of licenses; those with 10+ preference get 30%; those with 2+ preference get 15%; and those with 0+  preference get 5%

Overall Preference Point System

  • This discussion will be held over until next month