Lottery Statistics Summary Archive - 2016-2017

2016 Lottery Bullet Points

  • 49,000 deer licenses were available, up from 43,275 in 2015.
  • 74,179 people applied for deer gun season licenses, up from 69,791 in 2015.
  • 63,379 applicants applied for buck licenses as their first choice; 19,818 buck licenses were available in the drawing after 12,684 gratis and 485 nonresident licenses were withheld.
  • Mule deer doe licenses were available for the first time in five years in three hunting units in the badlands.
  • The highest number of bonus points accumulated by any hunter in the 2016 deer drawing was 14.
  • Applicants who applied for a mule deer buck license accounted for nearly 24 percent of applicants with four or more bonus points.
  • About 7 percent of applicants with four or more bonus points applied for a muzzleloader buck license.
  • A buck license in unit 2E was the most difficult license to draw. The second most difficult was a buck license in unit 3C.
  • The number of spring turkey licenses (5,815) available to hunters in 2016 was the same as 2015. The number of applicants decreased from 5,880 in 2015 to 5,601 in 2016.
  • The number of fall turkey licenses available decreased from 3,655 in 2015 to 3,510 in 2016. The number of applicants increased from 3,040 in 2015 to 3,078 in 2016.
  • A limited pronghorn season was offered for the third consecutive year, with 730 licenses, 320 more than 2015.

2016 SPRING TURKEY LOTTERY RESULTS

Percent of applicants who received their first choice of license.

POINTS
LICENSE TYPE 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 OVERALL
2 S 98 97.7 100             90.3
3 S 82 100               94.1
4 S 100 100 100             100
6 S 83.3                 83.3
13 S 87.6 75               85.4
17 S 100 100 100 100           100
19 S 94.8 100               96.4
25 S 97.7 88.9               83.8
27 S 100 100 100             100
30 S 93.7 84.6 100             86
31 S 70.6                 70.6
37 S 100 100 100 100           100
40 S 90.2 100   100           90.5
44 S 100 100               100
45 S 94.4 100               87.8
47 S 83 100               90.9
50 S 100 100 100 100           100
51 S 97.3                 97.3
53 S 100 100 100             100
98 S 100 100 100 100           100
99 S 77.6 50               85.3

2016 FALL TURKEY LOTTERY RESULTS

Percent of applicants who received their first choice of license.

POINTS
LICENSE TYPE 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 OVERALL
2 F 100 100 100 100           100
3 F 91.2                 91.2
4 F 100 100 100             100
6 F 100 100               100
13 F 90.5 60               85.3
17 F 100 100 100             100
19 F 100                 100
25 F 95.5 100               92.4
27 F 100 100 100 100           100
30 F 96.1 83.3               88.5
31 F 66.7                 66.7
37 F 100 100 100 100           100
40 F 100 100               100
44 F 100 100               100
45 F 89.7 100               88.4
47 F 85.2                 85.2
50 F 100 100 100             100
51 F 95                 95
98 F 100 100 100             100
99 F 100                 100

2016 PRONGHORN LOTTERY RESULTS

Percent of applicants who received their first choice of license in the 2016 pronghorn drawing.

POINTS
LICENSE TYPE 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 OVERALL
01A A 0.1 0.2 0.6 0 3.9 8.4 21.4 26.1 37.5 2.4
02A A 0 4 3.5 4.9 34.6 45.5 71.4 100 0 8.8
02B A 0 0 0 3.3 17 41.2 42.9 0 0 5.1
03A A 0 6.5 2.2 0 25 63.2 75 50 100 16.7
03B A 0 0.4 1.6 0 4.9 12.7 37.5 47.6 50 5.3
04A A 0.2 2.4 2.1 3.5 31.2 43.4 60 47.8 60 9.2
04C A 0.5 0 1.4 3.7 24.3 42.1 45.5 25 100 7.4

2016 DEER LICENSE LOTTERY RESULTS

Percent of applicants who received their first choice of license in the 2016 deer drawing.

POINTS
LICENSE TYPE 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 OVERALL
1 A Any Buck 5.8 23.4 29 41.9 89.5 100       24.1
1 B Any Doe 92.1 100 87.5 100           93.3
2A A Any Buck 2 12.4 18.1 18.1 79.8 76.5   100   24.5
2A B Any Doe 35.1 65.5 72 80.6 84.2         76
2B A Any Buck 2.7 8.5 14 20 74.8         14.8
2B B Any Doe 27.4 58.3 60.6 52.8 80 100       42.3
2C A Any Buck 1.4 3.3 5.5 8.7 51.8 56.4       11
2C B Any Doe 2.7 11.5 17.9 12.9 75 100       15.3
2D A Any Buck 6.8 12.3 20.1 33 67.9         20.4
2D B Any Doe* 0 0 0 0 0 0       0
2E A Any Buck 0.5 1.6 1.7 3.3 27.4 41.7       9
2E B Any Doe 3.6 16.7 25.7 50 71.4         20.1
2F1 A Any Buck 31.9 63.2 77.1 85.7           53.9
2F1 B Any Doe 98 84.1 76.5             93.5
2F2 A Any Buck 9.8 29.8 43.8 55.2 91.3         31
2F2 B Any Doe 93.3 86.5 77.3 80   100       90.9
2G A Any Buck 11.9 28.6 40.2 48.3 91.8         38.3
2G B Any Doe 15.6 25.4 36.4 40 66.7         25.8
2G1 A Any Buck 4.3 9.7 15.1 20.9 76.9 85.7       18.7
2G1 B Any Doe 52.8 87 72.5 56.2 77.8         76.8
2G2 A Any Buck 15.2 32.1 51 52.5 80.7         33.8
2G2 B Any Doe 95.2 75 88.2             90.8
2H A Any Buck 26.8 60.3 75.1 86           49.7
2H B Any Doe 96.8 93.8 87.5   100 100       95.3
2I A Any Buck 11.6 34.1 51.5 60.4 93.8         34.7
2I B Any Doe 93.8 84.2 100     100       92.5
2J1 A Any Buck 11.2 35.3 44.2 59.7 93 85.7   100 100 37.1
2J1 B Any Doe 97.1 94.1 100 100           97
2J2 A Any Buck 23.3 54.2 71.3 70.3 72.2         45.6
2J2 B Any Doe 95.7 93 87.5 100     100     95.2
2K1 A Any Buck 6.4 16.2 19.7 29.6 85.1 81.2 100   100 22
2K1 B Any Doe 91.5 73.1 85.7 80 100         89.3
2K2 A Any Buck 14.8 38.1 49.2 59.6 75.3         34.9
2K2 B Any Doe 92.7 86.8 84 80 100 100       91.1
2L A Any Buck 21.5 50 64.6 82.1           48
2L B Any Doe 97.5 85.7 100             95.9
3A1 A Any Buck 1.1 4.6 10.4 12.6 69.5 76.8 84.4     20.7
3A1 B Any Doe* 0 0 0 0 0 0       0
3A2 A Any Buck 22.1 51.9 68.7 71.1 91.7         44.9
3A2 B Any Doe 95.5 84.3 100 100           93.8
3A3 A Any Buck 2 6.8 9.8 16.3 74.9 86.5       18.4
3A3 B Any Doe 86.1 76 84.6 70 66.7 100       93.3
3A4 A Any Buck 8.2 21 33.9 38.7 84       100 23.1
3A4 B Any Doe 93.1 81.2 61.5 80     100     89.5
3B1 C WT Buck 2.4 4.8 6.8 12.7 59.3 79.4     100 14.4
3B1 D WT Doe 90 81.2   100   100       83.8
3B1 E MD Buck 6.6 21.4 24.6 40.5 95.9 100 100     28.4
3B1 F MD Doe 100 100 66.7 100 100         89.5
3B2 C WT Buck 19.4 45.7 71.2 60 100 100       43.8
3B2 D WT Doe 91.1 100   100           93
3B2 E MD Buck 35.6 67.7 78.6 66.7 100 100       58.7
3B2 F MD Doe 100 100 100             100
3B3 A Any Buck 12.5 30.8 37.3 56.2 100 100       28.3
3B3 B Any Doe 68.1 85 100             84.2
3B3 C WT Buck 53.2 87 82.7 100 100 100       72.3
3B3 D WT Doe 98.9 100 100             99.3
3C A Any Buck 2.7 10.3 15.6 28.3 50 66.7 100     11.9
3C B Any Doe 49.5 86.5 100 100           70
3C C WT Buck 43.4 81.5 85.8 87.9           64.7
3C D WT Doe 96.9 95.2 100 100           96.3
3D1 A Any Buck 14.8 39.6 59 81.1 94.1     100   38.8
3D1 B Any Doe 92.2 60 100             90
3D1 C WT Buck 94.2 97.2 60 100 100     100 100 94
3D1 D WT Doe 66.7 100               75
3D2 A Any Buck 8.7 24.8 36.9 60 94.6   100     29.6
3D2 B Any Doe 94.6 80 83.3 100   100       92.8
3D2 C WT Buck 74.2 96.9 96 100   100       88.2
3D2 D WT Doe 100 100               100
3E1 A Any Buck 16.5 40.2 61 74.1       100   35.3
3E1 B Any Doe 94.7 88.9 100 100           94.1
3E1 C WT Buck 50.5 81.5 85.2 100           66.4
3E1 D WT Doe 83.3 100               90.5
3E2 A Any Buck 36.4 69.3 73.2 76.2 77.8 100       56.6
3E2 B Any Doe 95 82.4               93.7
3E2 C WT Buck 98.3 92.1               96.1
3E2 D WT Doe 96.2 100               96.6
3F1 A Any Buck 22.5 52.8 56 63.2 100         42.3
3F1 B Any Doe 96.6 92.9 100             95.9
3F1 C WT Buck 95.1 89.2 100 100   100       94.4
3F1 D WT Doe 89.9                 89.9
3F2 A Any Buck 25.3 55 78.5             45.5
3F2 B Any Doe 98.2 100 100             98.5
3F2 C WT Buck 97.5 89.1 72.7             94.4
3F2 D WT Doe 100 100               100
4A C WT Buck 28.4 64.1 80 82.8 80 100     100 56.8
4A D WT Doe 94.4 100   100           95.8
4A E MD Buck 3 6.3 8.6 17.3 70.7 77.1       20.3
4B C WT Buck 42.9 81.8 91.7 80 100 100       67.2
4B D WT Doe 100 100 100             100
4B E MD Buck 0.8 1.3 3.6 7.4 28.6 50.9 65.1     16.6
4C C WT Buck 71.5 90.7 85     100 100     82.9
4C D WT Doe 100 100 100             100
4C E MD Buck 0.5 1.9 2.5 1.9 23.8 38.4 52 55.3   15.4
4D C WT Buck 85.3 89.7 88.9 100 100   100     95.5
4D D WT Doe 83.3 100 100             85.7
4D E MD Buck 1.3 2.3 2.1 4 28.3 52.4 72.3 69.7   14.4
4D F MD Doe 82.1 78.6 100   100   100     83.1
4E C WT Buck 97.6 100 88.9 100 100         97.3
4E D WT Doe 100 100               100
4E E MD Buck 7.9 17.1 38.3 50.7 84.6   83.3     34.4
4E F MD Doe 95 100               95.6
4F C WT Buck 97.3 75 100   100     100   94.4
4F D WT Doe 92.3 100 100             95
4F E MD Buck 31.1 60.6 56 80 77.8         55.2
4F F MD Doe 100     100           100
MUZ C WT Buck 0 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.4 4.7 8.9 15 23.9 4.1
MUZ D WT Doe 31.9 69 78.9 96.9 100 100 100 100 100 52.5

*All available doe licenses were issued to gratis applicants prior to the lottery drawing.

The table below gives the number of licenses available for 2017 for the various “Deer Choices” in each unit. Also given is approximate information from 2016 on licenses that were available, the number left after gratis deductions were made for landowners and the number of applications that were received for the first drawing. This reflects first choice only and because of the second deer choice allowed, your chances of getting a license can’t be figured exactly. However, providing a similar situation occurs this year, your odds would be better in those units where the applications did not exceed the licenses available after gratis.

In the table below, the deer choices are coded as follows:

  • A - Any Antlered Deer-either species
  • B - Any Antlerless Deer-either species
  • C - Antlered White-tailed Deer
  • D - Antlerless White-tailed Deer
  • E - Antlered Mule Deer
  • F - Antlerless Mule Deer
16 1/2 Day Season (November 10-26) 2016
Unit Deer Type Available After Gratis Applications Received Nonresident Applications Received 2017 Available
1 A 300 182 800 (8) 350
1 B 300 236 147 (2) 350
2A A 400 201 908 (17) 400
2A B 200 93 146 (1) 300
2B A 1000 512 3799 (77) 1000
2B B 700 437 1035 (9) 700
2C A 700 238 2148 (56) 700
2C B 300 51 353 (9) 300
2D A 400 212 1096 (29) 400
2D B 100 0 110 (1) 200
2E A 600 120 1506 (36) 600
2E B 300 42 238 (3) 300
2F1 A 1200 928 1813 (75) 1100
2F1 B 1000 854 294 (16) 900
2F2 A 900 632 2185 (54) 900
2F2 B 700 556 439 (7) 700
2G A 400 278 782 (19) 500
2G B 100 34 144 (2) 200
2G1 A 800 413 2406 (56) 900
2G1 B 600 392 618 (6) 700
2G2 A 900 543 1721 (52) 1000
2G2 B 600 408 380 (9) 700
2H A 900 723 1551 (52) 900
2H B 700 605 168 (2) 700
2I A 1200 832 2596 (69) 1200
2I B 1000 802 342 (3) 1000
2J1 A 800 517 1557 (29) 900
2J1 B 600 448 197 (1) 700
2J2 A 1200 930 2160 (79) 1300
2J2 B 900 755 349 (8) 1000
2K1 A 700 364 1791 (20) 800
2K1 B 600 419 269 (2) 700
2K2 A 1600 1111 3400 (105) 1600
2K2 B 1400 1137 406 (21) 1400
2L A 300 225 504 (16) 300
2L B 300 260 95 (3) 300
3A1 A 800 433 2148 (47) 1000
3A1 B 150 0 104 (0) 400
3A2 A 900 711 1758 (32) 900
3A2 B 700 599 319 (5) 700
3A3 A 750 344 2089 (37) 900
3A3 B 500 281 347 (0) 600
3A4 A 900 538 2537 (41) 1000
3A4 B 700 505 455 (4) 800
3B1 C 200 112 855 (16) 250
3B1 D 150 61 37 (0) 200
3B1 E 300 167 636 (24) 300
3B1 F 50 20 17 (2) 50
3B2 C 200 136 338 (10) 200
3B2 D 150 98 57 (0) 200
3B2 E 200 135 253 (8) 150
3B2 F 50 32 15 (0) 50
3B3 A 150 120 446 (12) 200
3B3 B 100 85 113 (1) 150
3B3 C 800 640 955 (27) 900
3B3 D 600 512 194 (7) 650
3C A 100 78 720 (20) 150
3C B 100 84 136 (1) 100
3C C 1000 783 1307 (32) 1000
3C D 700 588 185 (2) 800
3D1 A 250 176 482 (16) 300
3D1 B 250 199 58 (2) 300
3D1 C 200 141 143 (8) 250
3D1 D 100 80 4 (0) 200
3D2 A 350 211 767 (12) 400
3D2 B 350 261 148 (4) 400
3D2 C 300 180 217 (3) 300
3D2 D 200 149 27 (0) 300
3E1 A 350 257 770 (29) 400
3E1 B 200 152 118 (1) 300
3E1 C 400 294 454 (13) 450
3E1 D 250 191 19 (4) 300
3E2 A 650 515 981 (40) 650
3E2 B 650 566 211 (10) 650
3E2 C 450 356 344 (17) 450
3E2 D 300 261 27 (2) 300
3F1 A 300 267 694 (18) 400
3F1 B 300 279 72 (2) 400
3F1 C 500 445 216 (15) 600
3F1 D 400 373 7 (2) 500
3F2 A 600 504 1170 (47) 700
3F2 B 800 739 134 (1) 1000
3F2 C 800 671 404 (24) 800
3F2 D 800 740 23 (0) 800
4A C 250 197 364 (21) 250
4A D 200 149 24 (0) 250
4A E 200 158 842 (21) 200
4B C 150 126 195 (7) 200
4B D 150 103 22 (0) 200
4B E 400 337 2281 (125) 450
4B F - - - - 150
4C C 200 180 222 (10) 200
4C D 200 169 12 (0) 250
4C E 400 361 2579 (153) 450
4C F - - - - 150
4D C 200 171 191 (6) 250
4D D 200 171 14 (0) 250
4D E 350 299 1978 (96) 400
4D F 100 86 64 (1) 200
4E C 200 182 145 (5) 250
4E D 100 85 3 (0) 150
4E E 250 228 734 (38) 300
4E F 50 43 29 (0) 150
4F C 300 278 205 (10) 350
4F D 200 186 13 (2) 300
4F E 150 139 271 (21) 200
4F F 50 47 2 (0) 150