Yes, you have to buy the $48 permit first. I put 2 guys on my card and told them repeatedly to get the permit. After I submitted everybody, there was a error that popped up stating the 2 guys did not have the permit. So I then removed them from my app and just put myself. This was done August 31. I just received the email that I won a archery hunt at Big Lake Bottom!!! Now I have to tell them, snooze you loose!!!