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South Dakota Considers Significant Changes to Preference Point System

This preference point system could get a major makeover.

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks is considering a new proposal regarding preference point usage for limited draw hunting seasons. The new proposal would cube preference points, allowing those with higher point counts to have exponentially better odds at drawing tags. The system wouldn't be a true top down system. However, those with even one additional point over a peer could see their odds increase tremendously. Here's how it would shake out:

For every season, one point would be added to a user's existing point total. For example, you had three preference points, GFP would add one additional point and cube it (4 x 4 x 4 = 64). Your name would then be entered into the drawing 64 times. Someone with only two current preference points would experience similar math (2 +1 = 3, then 3 x 3 x 3 = 27). Even with only one additional preference point, your odds would be significantly higher to draw a tag.

For some of the state's most coveted licenses, like bighorn sheep or Black Hills elk, there are incredibly high preference point counts. Let's say, for example, I have 20 points for Black Hills Elk. My new point total would be 21 So, that means my name would be entered into the drawing 9,261.

There would still be no guarantee higher point counts would win the random draw. The state is accepting comments and public input on the new system.

It's being considered by many long-time applicants as a big step in the right direction.

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South Dakota Considers Significant Changes to Preference Point System