South Dakota added a third pool for hunters to get more even a shot at obtaining deer licenses.
South Dakota Fish and Parks Commission got the green light for a new way of drawing deer hunting licenses. Their idea to add a third pool to draw from will spread the odds more evenly amongst hunters in the lottery.
Before the approval, names were drawn from only two pools, one for hunters who had preference points and one with none. Preference points gave hunters an extra lottery chance for every one they had and were obtained by not being drawn for a specific license.
The old system left some hunters without a lot of preference points to wait four years or longer before their names were pulled. This led to an understandably high dissatisfaction rate among deer hunters.
This new system was brought up by Administrative Chief Scott Simpson who wanted to add a third pool for those with a lot of preference points to be drawn from. His data showed that the third pool would drastically cut wait times for those trying to get drawn for a specific license.
All of the changes were only on the administrative side of things so there is nothing new hunters have to do.
"We're just making one more hat and if the new three pool system doesn't work it will be just as easy to scrap it as it was to create." Simpson said.
This new pool will not be applied to South Dakota's elk, big horn sheep, or mountain goat license lotteries.