Re: Upcoming 2012 Goat season
Most of the Western states have some sort of point system because the units have limited quotas. Some states (wy for example) have preference point systems where basically the people with the most points draw the tag. So, the more years you've applied and not drawn, you get preference over others that haven't applied as many years. When you draw for that species, your points go back to zero. There is also a small % (maybe 10% of NR tags?) of the tags for a given unit that are drawn randomly - disregarding any accumulated points.
Other Western states have bonus point systems. In a state that offers bonus points (NV for example) your name basically goes in the drawing an equal number of times for the points you've accumulated and the names are drawn randomly. So, in this situation, the guy with the most points isn't necesarily guaranteed a tag, he / she just has a higher probability of drawing.
Some Western states have no point system at all (ID for example). Units have a limited quota and folks that apply all go into the drawing for that unit with equal odds of drawing. And, in some Western states there are still some units which offer over the counter (no draw) tags.
Typically, the units that are hardest to draw are the most sought after tags.
Sorry for the long post, I've been studying this stuff for quite awhile. Many of us apply and build points in several different Western States per year to be able to hunt in units with good trophy potential without having to wait to build points in your own state.