"Quota" is how many nonresident licenses are available
"Issued" is how many were given for a preference point category
"First Choice Applicants" means how many people listed that units as their first choice.
The reason there are < numbers is because a party application is awarded the average of the members preference points so with two people an one has a preference point and one does not they would be awarded 0.5 points and fall in t he <1 category.
Page 6 of the non resident booklet says: preference points earned and/or purchased during 2009 are NOT available for use in the 2009 limited quota drawings. They will be available for use in the 2010 limited quota drawings.
In going back through the drawings I have been involved in it appears that you may be correct. The preference point cannot be used for the year the application is submitted. My impression was that last year my daughter drew out because she had the preference point awarded in the year she applied. Going into Wyoming F&G Website I see she has a preference point for this year so apparently it was not used to help her draw out last year. That is peculiar because her license reads "2008 Wyoming NR Antelope W/ Pref Pt
". I assumed because it was printed on the license that the point was used to draw the license. But that's not the case.
My son and I got our first draw and got a refund of the preference point money so it did not become an issue.
I guess I better go back and change the post being as it does not work the way I thought it did. Good thing you posted your questions up or else there would have been some misinformed people.
The only good thing is that Cynthia has a preference point for this year so we have 100% chance of drawing our unit. If you had not said something I would never have checked on her.