Wyoming Frequently Asked Hunting Questions

 

Whether you're a Resident or a Non-Resident, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You may be able to find the answer to your question by looking below.

 

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Resident Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  

Can I apply for a Full Price Bighorn Sheep and a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep? Will I lose my Bighorn Sheep preference points if I draw a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep.

Answer:

Yes, starting in 2012, you may apply for both a Full Price Bighorn Sheep and a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep license. You will NOT lose your Full Price Bighorn Sheep preference point if you draw a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep license.

 


Question:  

Can I apply for both a Moose license and purchase a Moose preference point? Can I apply for both a Bighorn Sheep license and purchase a Bighorn Sheep preference point?

Answer: 

No. Applicants must either apply for a license or apply to purchase a preference point. Unsuccessful applicants for a license will be awarded a preference point. Applicants are reminded that in order to apply for a license, they must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of application and at least twelve (12) years old while in the field hunting. Hunters must reach their 12th birthday by December 31st to apply for a preference point.

 


Question:  

How can I hunt Moose every 6-8 years with a five year waiting period?

Answer:  

Potentially you can by applying smarter, utilizing Demand Index information and applying for a Cow Moose license.

 

A common complaint among Moose applicants has been that after applying for the last 15-20 years, even with the onset of the Preference Point system and having maximum or near maximum points, these applicants continue to be unsuccessful. Even with preference points, applicants need to learn to apply with full knowledge of drawing odds, access availability and other information.

 

Many hunters believe preference points guarantee them a license anywhere. Preference points will if you are fortunate to live long enough. For example, in a hunt area with only one percent chance of drawing, there are 100 applicants for every license being issued. If you are not a lucky person, it would take 100 years to eliminate all of the applicants for a license in this hunt area and this assumes no one else switches hunt areas. The solution is to change hunt areas and possibly sex of the animal being applied for.

 

A look at the demand index shows there were 10 areas in 2011 requiring 10 points or less to draw a license to hunt antlered moose.

 

For those willing to hunt a Cow Moose, the drawing odds have become a lot better more quickly. A review of the 2011 Demand Index for the Resident Moose Preference Point Drawing discloses only 3 to 6 points were necessary to draw a Cow Moose license in hunt areas 4, 5, 10, 20, 21, 25, and 44. Several other Cow Moose hunt areas require 7 or 8 points less than the maximum number (16) to draw a license. With the appropriate number of points and by applying in the right hunt area, the applicant can pretty much be assured of drawing a Cow Moose license.

 

Applicants are cautioned that some of the hunt areas in which Cow Moose licenses are easier to draw may be in wilderness lacking roads, while others are mostly on private lands. Please consider these restrictive circumstances when applying.

 


Question:  

Do I have a better chance of being successful by applying as a single applicant or a party applicant?

Answer:

Your chances are the same whether you apply as an individual or in a party. However, the odds of all members of a party being successful are significantly better if they apply as a party rather than individuals.

 


Question:  

How can I apply risk-free for Reduced Price licenses in the initial draw?

Answer 

Many applicants wait to see if they draw a Full Price Elk, Deer or Antelope license, then attempt to purchase a Reduced Price license using the WGFD  website or at automated license selling agents, rather than apply for a Reduced Price license in the initial drawing. These applicants do not want to risk drawing a Reduced Price license without drawing their corresponding Full Price license. Wait no more! If you apply for a Full Price Elk, Deer or Antelope license and want to apply for up to two (2) Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer, Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope or one (1) Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk license without risk, then check the withdrawal block on Forms 17, 18 and 19 for the applicable Reduced Price license(s). This will ensure that if you are unsuccessful in the Full Price license drawing(s), you will be withdrawn from the Reduced Price license drawing(s).

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Nonresident Frequently Asked Questions

Question: 

Can I apply for a Full Price Bighorn Sheep and a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep? Will I lose my Bighorn Sheep preference points if I draw a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep?

Answer: 

Yes, starting in 2012, you may apply for both a Full Price Bighorn Sheep and a Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb

Bighorn Sheep license. You will NOT lose your Full Price Bighorn Sheep preference points if you draw a

Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep license.

 


Question: 

Can I apply for both a license and a preference point for moose and/or bighorn sheep?

Answer: 

No. You have to make the decision to apply for the drawing for the issuance of a license or make the decision to not be in the drawing this year, but rather to just earn a point. However, if you apply for a license and are unsuccessful in the drawing, you will earn a preference point.

 


Question: 

Can I apply for both a license and a preference point for elk, deer and/or antelope?

Answer: 

You have three options. Option 1: You can apply for a license with a preference point option with the opportunity to earn a preference point. You will submit the preference point fee along with your license fee and application fee. If you are successful on your second or third choice hunt area, you will earn a preference point. If you are successful on your first choice, you will not earn a preference point and will receive a refund of your preference point fee. Option 2: You can apply for a license only with no desire to earn a preference point. You will not earn a preference point. You submit your license fee and application fee only. Option 3: From July 1 - Sept. 30, you can apply for a preference point only with no desire to be in the Option 1 or Option 2 drawing for a license. You submit the preference point fee only. You may not select Option 1 and Option 3 in the same year if you have earned a preference point or if you have drawn your first choice license in the initial drawing.

  


Question: 

Do I have a better chance of being successful by applying as a single applicant or a party applicant? 

Answer: 

Your chances are the same whether you apply as an individual or in a party. However, the odds of all members of a party being successful are significantly better if they apply as a party rather than individuals.

 


Question: 

How can I apply risk-free for Reduced Price licenses in the initial draw?

Answer: 

Many applicants wait to see if they draw a Full Price Elk, Deer or Antelope license, then attempt to purchase a Reduced Price license using the WGFD  website or at automated license selling agents, rather than apply for a Reduced Price license in the initial drawing. These applicants do not want to risk drawing a Reduced Price license without drawing their corresponding Full Price license. Wait no more! If you apply for a Full Price Elk, Deer or Antelope license and want to apply for up to two (2) Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer, Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope or one (1) Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk license without risk, then check the withdrawal block on Forms 17, 18 and 19 for the applicable Reduced Price license(s). This will ensure that if you are unsuccessful in the Full Price license drawing(s), you will be withdrawn from the Reduced Price license drawing(s).

 


Question: 

What is the difference between a Full Price Antlerless Elk license and a Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk license? 

Answer: 

Biologically, these are the same animal. The price is the difference. The term Antlerless Elk is used to identify the Full Price license and the term Cow/Calf Elk is used to identify the Reduced Price license. On page 9 you will find information on Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk licenses. Hunt areas that have Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk licenses are listed on page 19. Do not confuse these licenses with the Full Price Antlerless Elk licenses listed on pages 17 and 18. Not all hunt areas have Reduced Price licenses; however, some areas have both Full Price Antlerless Elk licenses and Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk licenses. A person may apply for and receive one Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk license (Form 17) and one Full Price Elk license (Form 17) in the same year. You do not have to have a Full Price license to apply for a Reduced Price license. However, a person may not apply for and/or receive two (2) Full Price Elk licenses.

  


Question: 

What is the difference between a Full Price Special Elk, Deer or Antelope license and a Regular Full Price license? 

Answer: 

By paying the additional $480.00 for Elk or $240.00 for Deer and/or Antelope, the applicant can participate in a separate random drawing. Wyoming Statute allocates 40 percent of the available Nonresident Elk, 40 percent of the available Nonresident Antelope and 40 percent of the available Nonresident Deer licenses to the applicants who pay the higher price. The expectation behind this is to increase drawing odds due to fewer applicants paying the higher price. However, this is not always the case. To evaluate drawing odds from the previous year, an applicant can purchase a demand index summary or view the information free on the WGFD  website. Odds can vary substantially year to year. There is no guarantee of success in the drawing for special licenses. Please call 800-548-9453 to purchase a Demand Index.

  


Question: 

Can a youth applicant apply in a party of Special Elk, Deer or Antelope?

Answer: 

Yes, but the youth applicant must pay the Full Price Special license fee: Elk ($1,071.00), Deer ($566.00) or Antelope ($526.00).

  


Question: 

Can an applicant apply for both a Full Price Regular license and a Full PriceSpecial license?

Answer: 

No. An applicant must apply for either the Full Price Regular or the Full Price Special license.

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