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Submit as many applications as possible
Don't make the mistake of applying for only one tag. These quality tags are extremely difficult to draw. For example, there is a game management unit in Arizona where your odds of drawing a rifle elk tag are 1 in 10. That means, statistically, if you applied every year for 10 years you should draw a tag only one time in this area - not very good. Now take a similar unit in New Mexico with the same 1 in 10 odds of drawing. If you applied for rifle elk in both Arizona and New Mexico, your odds of drawing one tag improve slightly. Not bad. Now add a mule deer Nevada application at 1 in 10 and your odds of drawing one tag improve yet again. It's these slight draw-odds improvements that separate the people who get to hunt in an awesome limited-entry area from the hunters who have to tough it out in an overcrowded maximum harvest unit, where tags are sold over the counter. Some people fear that by applying for multiple species in multiple states they will draw multiple tags in the same calendar year. This is very unlikely. Using the scenario above, your probability of drawing two tags in the same calendar year would be 1 in 100. Your probability of drawing all three tags would be 1 in 1,000.
Don't procrastinate and be persistent
Drawing a tag may take a while. The sooner you enroll with Cabela's T.A.G.S. the sooner you'll be hunting in a quality area. This is the most critical advice to follow. Don't give up if you're unsuccessful in the first few years. We cannot stress this enough. Continue to be persistent, and incredible tags will eventually come your way.
Always use the preference/bonus point programs available
Many states reward the people who have been waiting to draw a tag the longest. In other words, every year you are unsuccessful in drawing a tag, your odds improve for the next year. Some states charge for this advantage. It is well worth the investment. Under certain scenarios, this investment is essential to drawing the tag.
Apply with the most primitive weapon you feel comfortable using
There is an area on the Menu form that asks what type of weapon you will be applying with. Another way to increase your odds of drawing a tag is to apply muzzleloader or better yet, bow. Muzzleloader tags and bow tags are typically easier tags to draw than rifle tags. If you feel comfortable hunting with a muzzleloader or bow, apply for that tag.
If I draw a tag through Cabela's T.A.G.S. do I have to book with your outfitter?
No, you do not. The tag is yours to use as you wish. You may hunt unguided, hire your own guide or book with a Cabela's T.A.G.S. endorsed outfitter.
What are the best states to apply in for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep?
In our opinion and in this order - Montana, Wyoming, the archery tag in Colorado and Idaho.
What are the best states to apply in for Desert bighorn sheep?
Arizona and Nevada - They offer the most tags available to nonresidents and hold great quality rams. They also issue bonus points to unsuccessful applicants.
Does it hurt to apply with my hunting companion(s)?
For elk, deer and antelope it is usually okay to apply as a party in most states. Utah and Nevada are some exceptions. In our opinion you should never apply as a party for Shiras moose, mountain goat or sheep.
How much does a hunt cost through the Cabela's T.A.G.S. endorsed outfitters if I draw a sheep tag?
Usually around $6,000 to $8,000 depending on the tag/area drawn. This is why people apply for sheep in the lower 48. Most people simply can't afford or just won't spend $50,000 for a Desert in Mexico and/or $30,000 for a Rocky in Canada. The answer is the Draw!
How much does a hunt cost through the Cabela's T.A.G.S. endorsed outfitters if I draw an elk tag?
Our outfitters charge approximately $3,950 to $5,500 depending on where the tag is for and how the hunt is set up. When comparing antler quality vs. price this is by far the best value in elk hunting. APPLY TODAY!!
Who picks the game management units (GMU's) I will be applied in?
If you do not specify a particular unit or area when filling out your "Menu" located on left side of this website. Cabela's T.A.G.S. will select a unit for you based on several factors. We are experts at staying on top of the most recent biological and weather-related data across the western states. 90% of our customers leave unit selection up to us.
What are my chances of drawing?
It depends on the state, the species, the unit and the weapon. Your odds do not increase or decrease by applying through Cabela's T.A.G.S. The odds are the odds regardless of who applies for you.
Do I need a Hunter Safety Card to apply?
If you would like to be applied in Nevada and/or Iowa and/or California, you will need to fax us a clear copy of your hunter safety card. Depending on D.O.B. most Western states now require you to carry a hunter safety card in the field.
What happens if I draw a tag? What happens if I don't?
If you draw a tag in any state we will telephone you immediately. If you do not receive a call from us that means you have not drawn. In late November we will send each Cabela's T.A.G.S. client a detailed portfolio reflecting species, state, weapon and point status. It will also reflect the amount it will cost to renew your portfolio for the upcoming application season.
How does the T.A.G.S. program work exactly?
Please refer to "6 East Steps" or call our office at 1-800-755-TAGS (8247).
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