JUNEAU - Drawing results for Tier I and Tier II permits will be released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday, April 9.
This is the first year that drawing for Tier I and Tier II hunts will be consolidated into a single application period. This is in part to increase the amount of time hunters have to make arrangements for permit hunts.
Although it was anticipated that results would be announced by the end of March, ADF&G's Information Services team had to redesign the application processing system and write a new computer program, which took longer than expected.
In addition to the redesign, all applications received on paper had to be entered into the computer lottery by hand.
"Since this is the first time results are being processed in the new system, we felt it was necessary to verify the results prior to their release," Kurt Kamletz, information management supervisor, said. "We know delays are difficult for hunters, so we're working to release the lists as soon as we can. It's better to make sure the lists are correct than to release them before the winners are verified."
On April 9 at 5 p.m. the draw Tier I and Tier II results will be posted to the Division of Wildlife Conservation's website. They will also be released to the media.
Applications for all hunts for the 2010-11 season were due on December 31. In recent years hunters faced application deadlines in May and also in November through December.
In addition to combining both application openings, several changes made by the Board of Game in the last few years forced the redesign. Department officials expect the process to run smoothly in the future.
"Challenges we face the first year with a new system will diminish as we gain experience in future years," Kamletz said.
Hunters with questions about the process can stop by Fish and Game Information centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Douglas.