California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) recently began implementing automated licensing, making it easier for big game hunters to apply for prized tags this year. Since the creation of the new Automated License Data System (ALDS), DFG has seen a large increase in the number of applicants for the Big Game Draw. Applications for big game were up an average of 10 percent over the last year.

A limited number of tags are issued each year. Previously, hunters were required to turn in their applications in person at DFG office, and were typically faced with long lines full of last-minute applicants. DFG’s utilization of the ALDS contributed to much lighter walk-in traffic this year, as most hunters purchased their applications on the Internet or at a license agent.

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