In a nutshell, yes it's a lottery for a species with limited availability in an area. The specifics vary depending on the location and species. Mostly it's public land, but private land may require a tag to be drawn too. As an example, Alaska has a couple bison herds. There's a lot of interest in hunting them, but not a lot of animals for that interest. So it's a drawing, with a rather low odds. I've known people to draw that tag first time, i've known others who haven't drawn it in a decade or two.Off the topic but I have a question. How does this tag system work? Is it if you hunt on public land?
Is it like a hunting lottery?