I'm one of those Noobs. I'm not an adult onset hunter either, but I am new to hunting the west. I moved to Arizona in the summer of '16 and am just now getting what I think is a firm grasp on the draw process. It's pretty daunting to think about someday being able to draw a sheep tag here in the desert, but dang, I think it's 29pts right now for a sheep, and with the creep I'll be in my 60s by the time I can even get to the point where I can get my hopes up for a tag. On a Bios salary I sure as heck ain't goin to BC or AK on a sheep hunt either.Exactly, but guys really need to dig in to get the real odds to estimate the rewards, as I am convinced that those odds are not easy to get for a reason in some states. I just don't want to see guys who are barely making ends meet buy points thinking the odds are better than they are. Most noobs have little concept of point creep.
I do wish it was easier to draw tags for some good hunts. I've been pouring over the draw reports and whatever I can find to get some legwork in before the draw in February, but with only 1 point going into this season it's looking like if I wanna chase a bulls this year, I've either gotta put in for the late hunts or travel and hunt OTC