Wyoming Hunting License Types
DISCLAIMER: This info is from 2012 - However we feel it still offers the best description!
If you're not sure which License Type to apply for, CLICK HERE and be sure to read this section thoroughly and study the table provided. If you still have questions, be sure to contact the local G&F Headquarters. Also, as a reminder, these license types can mean slightly different things for different seasons. So be sure to check out the Season Dates and Notes found on each unit page found by choosing your species to the left, finding your unit on the map, and scrolling down to each unit’s statistics. On these unit pages you should find everything you need to know about that unit, whether you're hunting Elk, Deer, or Antelope this fall in Wyoming.
You may find yourself wondering "Why are they called 'Types' here, and 'Limited' in the tables? What's the difference?". Well the answer is, there is no difference at all. A Limited 1 license, is the same as a Type 1 license, which is the same as a Limited Type 1 license. Type just tells you what your license is good for, whether or not the word 'Type' is found before the number. 'Limited' is just refering to the fact that G&F Department has set a quota number of licenses for that 'Type' license for that particular unit. So it's the number that's important, not the words that preceed it.
- What does "Type" Mean
- Full Price License and a Reduced Price License
- Full Price Elk,Deer, and Antelope Licenses
- Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk, Doe/Fawn Deer, Doe/Fawn Antelope Licenses
- Full Price Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Application
- Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb Bighorn Sheep Application
- Wild Turkey
- Wild Bison Priority List
A number in the type column simply indicates a limitation for that license. This limitation can be for the sex of animal, the species of animal, the length of season, the type of weapon or portion of the hunt area in which the license is valid. A hunt area can offer both general and one or more Limited Quota types. To understand the provisions applicable to a license, please read the limitations column of the license type for which you are applying. Please verify the type you have applied for is the one you want.
Price is the difference. For example, a Full Price Antlerless Elk license is $57. A Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk license is $48. A sportsperson is authorized one (1) Full Price Elk license, which could be an any, antlered or antlerless, depending on the regulations in that specific hunt area for the calendar year. Beginning in 2010, regulations allow for one (1) Full Price Elk and one (1) Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk OR two (2) Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk licenses in a calendar year. See section 9, page 9.
A person may apply for a Reduced Price license without applying for a Full Price license. However, no hunter may take more than one (1) Elk in Grand Teton National Park, regardless whether he/she possesses both a Full Price license and a Reduced Price license valid for the hunt area in the Park.
This packet contains separate sets of Tentative Hunting Season Information Charts for Full Price licenses and for Reduced Price licenses.
Apply for Full Price licenses on Forms 17 (Elk), 18 (Deer) or 19 (Antelope) and select hunt areas/types from Hunting Maps and Full Price Tentative Hunting Season Information Charts.
Apply for Reduced Price licenses on Forms 17 (Elk), 18 (Deer) or 19 (Antelope) and select hunt areas/types from Hunting Maps and Reduced Price Tentative Hunting Season Information Charts.
Failure to apply correctly could result in an application error, which could lessen the opportunity to be included in the respective drawing if not corrected by the time the respective drawings are conducted.
Apply on Forms 17 (Elk), 18 (Deer) or 19 (Antelope) .
Applicants may list up to three (3) choices for each species on these forms.
Limited Quota Elk, Deer and Antelope licenses are valid only for the hunt area, season dates and sex limitations shown in the current regulations. If you want to apply for a Limited Quota license, list the specific hunt area and type on the application.
General Elk licenses are valid in any hunt area or portion of a hunt area where the word “General” is listed under the limitation and type column on pages 17 and 18. If you want to apply for a General Elk license, write “Gen” in the area box and leave the type box blank. Do not enter the specific hunt area you prefer to hunt.
Applicants desiring to hunt within Grand Teton National Park must apply for hunt area 75 or 79. After the first week of the season, all unused Full Price and Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk licenses are eligible for the Elk Refuge drawing in hunt area 77.
A $12.50 Elk Special Management Permit shall be required of any person who hunts Elk in hunt areas 70, 71, 75 or 77-98. The Elk Special Management Permit may be obtained from Wyoming Game and Fish Department offices, license selling agents throughout the state or the WGFD website.
The Department of the Interior requires hunter safety certification of all hunters, regardless of age, to hunt in Grand Teton National Park (Elk Hunt Areas 75 or 79). The Hunter Mentor Program is not valid in Grand Teton National Park. (See page 42 for explanation)
Applicants for Deer licenses should be aware both Mule Deer and White-Tailed Deer inhabit Wyoming. Deer licenses may be valid for either species or licenses may be restricted to Mule Deer or White-Tailed Deer only. Before applying for a Deer license, the applicant should review the tentative Deer hunting information, specifically the limitations column, to determine the species of Deer for which the license is valid in a specific hunt area.
Resident Deer licenses are either General licenses or Limited Quota licenses valid in specific hunt area(s). Check the hunt area, type and limitation columns on page 21. If you want to apply for a General Deer license, write “Gen” in the area box and leave the type box blank. Do not enter the specific hunt area you prefer to hunt. General licenses are valid in any hunt area that is not totally limited in quota. If you want to apply for a Limited Quota Deer license, list the specific hunt area and type on the application.
A person may apply for and receive a maximum of one (1) Limited Quota type 1, type 2, type 3 or General Deer license through the initial drawing period. After the initial drawing is completed, any person may apply for and receive a second full priced deer license provided that at least one (1) is a Limited Quota Type 3 (any white-tailed deer license) valid in certain Deer hunt areas. However, no person shall receive more than a total of two (2) Deer licenses valid for the taking of antlered or any deer, of which not more than one (1) shall be valid for antlered or any mule deer, in any one calendar year.
Second Limited Quota Any White-Tailed Deer licenses shall only be available to Residents and Nonresidents on a first-come, first-served basis after the initial drawing is completed. The second Any White-Tailed Deer license shall be sold for the full price.
No General Antelope licenses are offered. All Antelope licenses are Limited Quota. Antelope hunt areas and types are listed on page 24. Antelope licenses are valid only in the hunt area(s) for which they are issued.
The Commission may authorize a person to possess more than one (1) Limited Quota license in certain Antelope hunt areas. For those certain hunt areas, a person may possess a maximum of two (2) Limited Quota Any Antelope licenses. Second Limited Quota Any Antelope licenses shall only be available to Residents and Nonresidents on a first-come, first-served basis after the initial drawing is completed. The second Any Antelope license shall be sold for the full price.
Apply on Forms 17 (Elk), 18 (Deer) or 19 (Antelope).
Applicants may list up to two (2) choices for each species on these forms. Reduced Price licenses for Cow/Calf Elk, Doe/Fawn Deer and Doe/Fawn Antelope are Limited Quota only. The hunt areas and type descriptions are listed on pages 19, 22 and 25 respectively. These licenses are valid only for the hunt areas and limitations for which they are issued. Please see page 46 for definitions. See page 8 for a discussion of Reduced Price licenses versus Full Price licenses.
The Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk, Doe/Fawn Deer and Doe/Fawn Antelope draw results are scheduled to be released on June 30, 2012.
Applicants may apply for and receive only one (1) Reduced Price Cow/Calf license through the initial drawing period. After the initial draw is completed, any person may receive up to two (2) Reduced Price Cow/ Calf licenses. However, no person shall receive more than a total of two (2) Elk licenses under any type, in any one calendar year.
The Commission may authorize a person to possess more than two (2) Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer or Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope licenses in certain Deer and Antelope hunt areas. The actual total number of Doe/Fawn licenses a person can possess will be determined in late April 2012. Regardless of the number of Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer or Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope licenses any person can possess, a maximum of only two (2) Reduced Price licenses can be applied for in the initial draw. If a person wants to purchase Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer or Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope licenses after the initial draw, including up to the maximum number allowed, they will be able to do so at automated License Selling Agents or by using the WGFD website.
WITHDRAWAL BLOCK: A separate withdrawal block is provided on Forms 17 (Elk), 18 (Deer) and19 (Antelope). This block is to be checked only if the applicant wishes to withdraw his/her Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk, Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer or Reduced Price Doe/ Fawn Antelope applications from the drawings in the event a person is not issued any full price license in the initial drawings for Elk, Deer or Antelope. Withdrawal of Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk, Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Deer or Reduced Price Doe/Fawn antelope applications from the drawings are not linked to hunt areas. Therefore, it is possible to draw reduced priced and full priced licenses for different hunt areas when the withdrawal box is not checked. If the withdrawal block is checked, the application will be removed from the drawing, regardless if a full price application was submitted.
Apply on Form 2. Licenses are issued for hunt areas, season dates and sex limitations shown in the current regulations.
The applicant may list only one (1) hunt area choice for each Full Price Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat and up to two (2) hunt area choices for Moose. The hunt area and type must be shown on the application form. Types indicate limitations such as sex of animal, species of animal, the length of season, the type of weapon or portion of hunt area in which the license is valid. Refer to the tentative Moose, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat hunting season information charts on pages 27 and 29.
According to Wyoming Statute (W.S. 23-1-703), 75% of Wyoming Bighorn Sheep hunting licenses must be issued to residents and 25% to nonresidents. Traditionally, these licenses have been issued in multiples of 4 (3 residents: 1 nonresident) for each hunt area. There are several Bighorn Sheep hunt areas with populations too small to sustain at least 4 total Bighorn Sheep hunting licenses; some of these have been closed to hunting in recent years. In order to provide additional opportunity while complying with statutory provisions, for 2012 there are several Bighorn Sheep hunt areas (refer to Bighorn Sheep Tentative Hunting Season Information, page 29) that will offer either one (1) or two (2) total hunting licenses. Applicants should verify whether a particular hunt area will offer only a Resident or both a Resident and a Nonresident Bighorn Sheep hunting license, before applying on Form 2. Applicants should recognize that these license allocations are dynamic and will change each year to meet the statutory requirement.
Please see page 5 for information regarding the purchase of a Moose or Bighorn Sheep preference point.
An individual may apply for and receive (1) Full Price Bighorn Sheep license and/or one (1) Reduced Price Ewe/Lamb type 6 license. Type 6 licenses are independent of the preference point system. Receiving only a ewe/lamb license has no effect on the number of preference points an applicant has for a Full Price Bighorn Sheep License.
Please call (307) 777-4600, inquire at a Game and Fish Regional Office or local License Selling Agent or obtain the application from the WGFD website. The license fee is $16.00 each for Spring and Fall Wild Turkey applications. The license fee is $2.00 and $10.00 each for Pioneer and Pioneer Heritage Spring and Fall Wild Turkey applications, respectively. The $5.00 application fee is not charged for Wild Turkey applications. We encourage you to apply using the WGFD website.
Apply on Form 7. The fee to be placed on the priority list is $11.00. If an applicant is selected from the priority listing, a Wild Bison license fee of $402.00 must be remitted to the appropriate Regional Office before a license is issued.
The Wild Bison priority list is valid from August 1 of the application year to January 31 of the next year. Applicants may apply for either the Any Wild Bison Priority List or the Female/Calf Wild Bison Priority List. There is no guarantee a Wild Bison hunt will be held in any particular year. Hunting opportunities depend on bison movement into the hunt areas.
No person who is issued a Wild Bison hunting license and who harvests a Wild Bison after January 31, 2001, shall be eligible to apply for or receive a hunting license for Wild Bison in any future year.