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Big game controlled hunt drawings explained



What happens between now and July 10?

One question Fish and Game is frequently asked is “why does it take so long to get controlled hunt drawing results?” Here’s a brief synopsis of what occurs between the close of the application period on June 7 and the date we commit to providing results on July 10.

First, not everyone applies for controlled hunts at a vendor or online; we also accept mail-in applications. Because these applications could be postmarked through June 7, we’re often still receiving and processing mail applications in mid-June. Mailed applications are entered as quickly as possible.

Although the licensing system catches some ineligible applicants, it doesn’t catch all of them, so Fish and Game staff must verify the validity of all applications and applicants. In 2017, about 166,000 people submitted applications for controlled hunts.

There are several steps to the drawing process. It's a complex system, but it has been certified as random.

• Fish and Game loads the controlled hunt applications into the controlled hunt draw system, which is hosted by the State Controller’s office on its computer mainframe.

• The system then assigns a random six-digit number to each controlled hunt application.

• The system scrambles the sequence of each application number, and then scrambles the order in which each number appears on the list.

• The drawing takes place on a computer system hosted by the State Controller’s office.



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