Following the application deadline, the ABA will sort all returning hunters that have successfully completed all steps in the application process. Hunters will be sorted by their first choice DHA (Designated Hunting Area) that they made within their online application. Hunters choosing DHAs where the number of spaces available is greater than the number of applicants will automatically be placed within their first choice DHA. These hunters will not be required to attend the Lottery.
Those hunters choosing as their fist choice a DHA where demand exceeds supply will be required to participate in the Lottery process. At the Lottery, all hunters will be publicly placed in a random drawing. DHAs will be assigned to hunters based upon the random drawing. Should a hunter not be present and their first choice is still available, the hunter will automatically be placed there. Should the hunter not be present and their first choice is already full, the ABA will look at the hunter’s second choice DHA. If that is also full, the hunter will be passed over. All hunters passed over due to absence will be allowed to later choose from the leftover spots on a first come – first served basis.
Individuals that did not hunt in the previous year’s hunt are considered new hunters. Returning hunters get first choice of the DHAs at the Lottery. After these individuals have been placed, there will be a second Lottery for all new hunters. All new hunters (hunters not placed in the previous year’s hunt) are required to attend the Lottery, or send a Proxy in their place.
Hunters who are unable to attend are encouraged to have another hunter or individual attend and vote as a Proxy. The ABA will only accept Proxy votes if the Proxy has a signed letter stating that the Proxy (by name) is authorized to choose on their behalf. If you don’t have anyone that will be able to attend, please contact us to serve as your Proxy. You just need to rank ALL of the DHAs in order of your preference. We will assign you to the highest available DHA on your list.
Any questions, please contact us.