Secondary Draw and Standby Permits

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In an attempt to maximize hunting opportunity, secondary draw and standby permits may be offered to alternates.

Special Permit Categories

  • Hunt positions are reserved for any drawn hunter having paid for or accepted their Special Permit
  • It is possible for a hunt area to have both a Secondary Drawing and Standby Drawing.
  • It is also possible for a hunt to not have either a Secondary Drawing or Standby Drawing.

Secondary Drawing

  • After the initial drawing for a category is conducted and that permit fee due date has passed, unpaid/unaccepted permits may be offered to alternate winners through a second drawing.
  • If you are not selected initially and a secondary drawing is scheduled your application status will read Not Selected – Pending Second Draw.
  • If you are selected for a permit during the secondary draw, a selection notice will be emailed to you and a new permit fee due date will be set.
  • Secondary hunters will be chosen from the same pool of applicants as the initial drawing. It will not be necessary to apply again.

Standby Permits

  • Contact the hunt area a week before the hunt period for details about the standby drawing process and permit availability.
  • If standby permits are available, a drawing will be conducted at the hunt area and prospective hunters are generally advised to be there by 10:00 a.m. on the first day of the hunt period to apply.
  • There is no application fee to enter a standby drawing; however, successful adult hunters must pay the permit fee. Standby permit fees may be paid by permanent check, cashier’s check or money order, no cash.
  • There are no fees for youth participants.
  • Participation as a standby applicant/hunter will not affect your application status or loyalty points in the drawn hunt system.