Has anybody participated in the lottery system in MO? It's one of the worst experiences in the world (relatively speaking). The drawings are at 4:30am, so if you do not live right next to the WMA or you get a hotel room you have to leave by 3:30 to 2:30am just to sign up. Once you are in line you have two stand there for 45 minutes with your hands in your pockets packed in like a sardine with gassy, morning breathed, WT just to pull your number. Once you get your number, you then stand around for another 45 minutes packed in like a sardine to pull a pill. If you don't get a low enough pill you'd better hope you've got friends nearby have a place to hunt.
Missouri's public waterfowling areas are much more advanced than IA's, which is why they are so popular. First of all, they have areas constructed solely for the purpose of waterfowl hunting. Secondly, they keep track of all the numbers of people that get in, turned away, and birds shot which are updated on a daily basis, which helps substaniate funding. They used to allow 1 member of the hunting group pull a number and that made the process move faster, but then you had 1 guy with the same chance of getting in as a group of 4 would. They changed it to have every one pulling a pill so they could increase the number of people hunting, which is good (though a pain in my ass).
If the goal is to make these areas more more accessible to missouri residents not within ear shot of the WMA I think its a good idea. I go down there and hunt one or twice a year with my friend and we have to leave his house before 2:30am just to get in line by 4:30. If they did this electronically it would save us money and leave us with more options to hunt if we didn't get in.