Good morning stickbndr, I'm new to the forum, I actually signed up a few years ago, but wasn't that interested in hunting because I had just relocated to North Carolina. I wish they did something like that here. I was only able to hunt two days this past archery season. Things have slowed down for me now and I was able to put three day in around Thanksgiving and will have three more this Christmas, But I'm having the same problem. They run dogs a lot where I'm at (southern area) and there is no more permits left for archery only areas.