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2004 WMA BIG GAME QUOTA PERMITS DECLARED VOID   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Written by TWRA  
Tuesday, 24 August 2004

On August 24, the TWRA discovered that the 2004 WMA Big Game Quota Hunt computer draw program had a serious error. It was found that successful hunters were receiving permits for hunts that they had not applied for. After investigating, Agency personnel saw that the draw program was reading an incorrect data field.

In explanation, a programming change was made to correct problems with the length of the address field. After making this change the computer picked up the wrong three digit number thinking it was the hunt code. TWRA has instituted new testing procedures to keep this from happening in the future.

The error caused a major mistake in how the permits were drawn and issued. The agency has decided that the best course of action is to conduct the WMA Quota Draw again. Permits already issued in the first drawing will be declared "Void." The new draw will use the same priority system as the first, so no one's priority status will be impacted.

The agency is aware that many applicants have received permits for hunts that they selected and that they would like to keep that permit; however, because of the insurmountable errors and confusion, it was decided to void those permits as well.

An example is that adults were drawn for juvenile hunts for which they were ineligible. There were more than 23,000 permits issued and because the wrong data field was in the draw, all permits for the 2004 WMA Big Game Quota Hunt draw were declared in error. The agency deeply regrets this unfortunate occurrence and the inconvenience it has caused.

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