First you must call the states you want to hunt to receive the hunting-regulations booklets and application paperwork. Most states require applicants to send money for a hunting license and the tags they hope to draw. This often amounts to several hundred dollars, which deters many would-be elk hunters. If you don't draw, the state refunds all but a small processing fee. Often you can apply over the Internet using a credit card. The chances of drawing a tag are less than 10 percent in some of the better trophy units, and sometimes it takes a decade of accumulating preference points just to be in the game. These difficult odds also keep many people from applying. The fewer hunters in the draw, of course, the better your odds of picking a tag.