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Wyoming 2018 Application Breakdown

January 25, 2018

2018 is here and application season is right in front of us. One of the first deadlines out of the gate in January is non resident Wyoming Elk. If you were not aware of the major Wyoming license fee changes this year, you may have been sleeping under a rock. Most licenses have dramatically increased this year.  Wyoming even decided to add a non-resident archery license that will cost an additional $42. The cost of an archery license in addition to the below fees is a over double $72 vs $30 in 2017. A breakdown of the 2018 license costs is shown below. For non residents, Wyoming one of the most expensive states in the west to chase big game.

 Important Notes:

  1. All costs are upfront in Wyoming. Meaning you pay for the license during the application period and will receive a refund if you unsuccessful in the draw. The refund for non-residents does not include the preference point fee if chosen and a non-refundable application fee of $15 per license type.

  2. Big Game Preference Points

    • The preference point system is designed to improve an applicant’s odds of eventually drawing a license in a hard-to-draw hunt area. Preference points are utilized in conducting the resident and nonresident moose, resident and nonresident full price bighorn sheep, nonresident elk, nonresident deer and nonresident antelope drawings. Seventy-five percent (75%) of available licenses in each hunt area and license type will be allocated to the preference point drawing. Applicants with the 12 highest preference point rankings will

      receive priority in the preference point drawing. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of available licenses will be allocated in a random drawing regardless of preference points. The

      random drawing is intended to provide everyone who applies a chance of drawing a license, regardless of their preference point total. All applicants will participate in the preference point drawing even if they have no preference points.

    • For party applications: All participants’ points will be averaged and the resulting number used for the application.

    • Wyoming provides up to three choices for most applications. Ensure your first choice is for a hard-to-draw area and then choose easier choices from there. Remember if you place a third choice as a 100% area, you will most likely draw and lose all of your preference points.   

  3. Elk Applicants

    • All non-resident full price elk licenses include an annual fishing privilege. 

    • Limited quota full price elk licenses are valid only for a specific hunter area.

    • General elk licenses are valid in any hunt area where the word “general” is listed.

    • 40% of the non-resident licenses are allotted to those applicants who choose the Special license and pay the additional amount and participate in a separate preference point and random computer drawing.  

  4. Bighorn Sheep Applicants

    • Wyoming statue states that 75% of licenses go to residents and 25% to non-residents. In areas where four licenses are not available due to smaller populations, there may not be any 

      non-resident licenses available. These change each year so verify before you put in. 

    • Type 6 ewe/lamb licenses are independent of the preference point system. Receiving a Type 6 license does not affect your Type 1 (any Ram) application status.

  5. Antelope Applicants

    • All antelope hunting is limited quota and 40% of the non-resident licenses are allotted to those applicants who choose the Special license and pay the additional amount and

      participate in a separate preference point and random computer drawing.    

  6. Deer Applicants

    • Non-resident deer licenses are either region general deer licenses or limited quota deer licenses valid in specific hunt areas. Verify on the region hunt maps by letter.

    • 40% of the non-resident licenses are allotted to those applicants who choose the Special license and pay the additional amount and participate in a separate preference point and random computer drawing.  

  7. Wild Bison Applicants

    • Any person who is issued an “any wild bison” license (Type 1) and harvests a bull wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an “any wild bison” license in any future year, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive a “female or calf wild bison” license in the immediately following season. In addition, any person who is issued an “any wild bison” license and harvests a female or calf wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive a

      “female or calf wild bison” license in the immediately following five (5) years, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive an “any wild bison” license in the immediately following season. Any person who is issued a “female or calf wild bison” license (Type 4) and harvests a female or calf wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an “any wild bison” license or a “female or calf wild bison” license in the immediately following five (5) years.

  8. If a person is successful, they must also purchase a $12.50 Conservation Stamp in order to pursue their quarry. An additional $72.00 non-resident archery license is required for those choosing to archery hunt.

 

Visit the following link from the Wyoming Game and Fish for additional information not listed above:  https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/WGFD_APPNARRATIVE.pdf

 

If you have any questions or just want to talk hunting, contact me via email at tyler@rnaoutdoors.com.  Good luck in the draws and hopefully you are successful. 

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