Also added in 2013 was the implementation of a preference point system. Once your application is processed, you are given a preference point. Beginning with hunt draws in 2017, Preference Points will be applied as a primary weighting factor for hunt applications ranked #1 through #3, in order to provide hunters with accumulated points to better benefit from them. This will also mean that your Preference Points will be set back to zero if you are drawn for your #1 through #3 ranked hunts. You do NOT lose your preference points if you are selected for a hunt which was not your #1, #2 or #3 ranked hunt, if you are selected as an alternate, or are picked for a special hunt from the sharpshooter list. Be sure that you can make the hunt dates and the orientation meeting of the hunts you are applying for. Again, once you are selected as a primary for a hunt your preference points are reset to zero – there are NO exceptions to this preference point reset regardless of your reason for not fulfilling your obligation to participate in a hunt for which you applied and were selected. Additional clarification: The preference point you are granted for simply signing up will be carried over if you do not apply for ANY hunts in a given year.