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I like how the state posts the hunter satisfaction scores along with the harvest data. Ya, it's not perfect but I find it can be useful when looking at different choices going into the draw season. Since we have the new 2022 harvest data posted I decided to do some quick 10 key work last night. I am in the elk game so I only did this number crunch regarding elk. I did a simple average of the satisfaction per hunt per season type. All Units are weighted the same. These scores are on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being least satisfied with the hunt and 5 being most satisfied. Here is what I came up with:

Archery: 3.72
Muzzleloader: 4.02
Early Rifle: 4.09
Late Rifle: 3.96
Multi Season: 3.54

Mid Season: 3.60
September Archery: 3.39
HAMS: 3.70

CWMU: 4.52

These surprised me a little. Especially the Multi-season hunt. I think guys have such high expectations and put so much pressure on themselves it diminishes the hunt for them. The high satisfaction on the CWMU doesn't really surprise me as they are including guided paying clients in this so I can see that being skewed. I wish they would only list the satisfaction of the public hunter, I would bet those scores would drop.

Using this along with harvest stats I would say the best value for your points is Muzzleloader and Late Rifle. The success % is comparable on these hunts to early rifle. Maybe if I find some time I can add in average success % to the discussion.

Interesting stuff
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I believe to many hunters go into day one with a high expectation of a great book animal. After the "easy hunt" shock wears off without pics and a tag punched, they either get upset and efforts diminish. Then you have those have a "real expectation" of what they are getting into and don't think there is a book animal around every ridge. These IMO are the successful hunters and have a higher rating of their hunt.
I hope that will be me when I get my LE tag. I categorically won't be putting in for a unit I haven't hunted for the last several years. My expectations are simple: Get a bull when I otherwise was limited to a spike. Period, End of story.
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Comparisons are the root of all unhappiness.

That's my drunken schitt post of the evening.
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