Wyoming Hunting: Draw and Application Information

Wyoming Dept. of Fish and Game Website: http://gf.state.wy.us/

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Application Dates:

Elk: Jan 1st – January 31st
Deer and Antelope: Jan 1st – March 15th
Moose, Mtn. Goat, Bison, and Bighorn Sheep: Jan 1st – Feb. 28th

Elk, Deer, and Antelope: May 1st – May 31st
*Landowner Elk, Deer, and Antelope: April 15th – May 15th
Moose, Mtn. Goat, Bison, and Bighorn Sheep: Jan 1st – Feb 28th

General Application Information:

Wyoming’s Department of Fish and Game accepts both online and mail-in applications, requiring upfront payment. They have transitioned to accepting credit card payments. A conservation stamp, costing less than $15, is mandatory for all hunters and can be purchased at state-licensed vendor locations.

For comprehensive information, Wyoming has introduced the Wyoming Hunting Guide and an application booklet for both residents and non-residents.

Point System:

Wyoming operates on a preference point system, providing an advantage to those with more points. However, 25% of available tags are drawn at random, allowing for tags to be drawn with zero points. Points can be purchased during the drawing process or separately from July 1st to early October. They are lost if not purchased for two consecutive years.

Hunts and Season Types:

Wyoming designates archery-only hunts and different season types within units, denoted as “types.” Understanding these distinctions is crucial when applying for permits. Most hunts can be pursued with archery equipment during the archery season, in addition to the rifle season.

Wyoming usually has quite a few tags leftover after the hunt draw. These “Issue – After licenses” are available in a second “leftover drawing” or can be purchased from vendors throughout the state or online.

Be familiar with the hunting regulations in Wyoming. Official publications from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department should be consulted to verify any information. Links are provided under the general information section of this page.

Available Licenses:

Limited Entry: Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Pronghorn, Rocky Mountain Elk, Shiras/Wyoming Moose, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.

Once in a Lifetime: Rocky Mountain Goat and Bison.

Wyoming also offers landowner licenses, available to landowners meeting specific criteria. Archery-only hunts, usually designated as “type 9,” are also available.
Wyoming also has hunts for Black Bear and Cougar based on mortality quotas. Wyoming designates bear and cougar as trophy species, rather than “big game.”
Wyoming’s bison draw assigns applicants a priority ranking. The lower the number the better, the tags are then issued at the discretion of the State in order starting at the lowest number on the priority list.
Wyoming also has some available landowner licenses, available to landowners who fit the criteria set by the state.

Resident Information:

No preference point system for Mule Deer, Elk, Antelope, Bison, or Rocky Mountain goat. Preference point systems apply to Moose and Bighorn Sheep.

Non-Resident Information:

Non-residents hunting in wilderness areas must be accompanied by a licensed guide or a resident guide. Preference point systems apply to all species except Mountain Goat and Bison. Bighorn Sheep and Moose points for non-residents are relatively expensive at $100 and $75, respectively. Wyoming statute requires that 10% of Bighorn Sheep licenses are reserved for non-residents.

The Special Draw

40% of all non-resident Elk, Deer, and Antelope tags are reserved for a special drawing with increased license fees. These special hunts typically have much easier drawing odds for an increased fee.

License fees are often changing. Please visit the link below to view Wyoming’s current License fee list:

View Wyoming’s Hunting License Prices and Fees


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