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Statewide Hunting Stats

State Stats

Public Lands
49.3 %
Forest Service
9.8 %
Wilderness Area
4.9 %
BLM Lands
28.0 %
Other
6.7 %
Elevation Range
3,125' - 13,804'
Annual Hunters
207,727
Huntable Species
9
Miles Of Trails
7,361
Campgrounds And Trailheads
276
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8 Huntable Species

Antelope

Bison

Bighorn Sheep

Elk

Mule Deer

Mountain Goat

Moose

Whitetail Deer

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Antelope Tags

For Residents, Antelope tags are distributed in a random draw. For Nonresidents, 75% of the allocated tags for nonresidents are given out by a preference point system, where applicants with the most points are given priority on tags. The remaining 25% of the tags are given out in a random draw allowing you to potentially draw with no points.

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Antelope Stats

Number of Unit
102
Total Hunters
42,699
Bucks Harvested
24,112
Total Harvest
39,027
Overall Success
91.4%

Wyoming Regualtions Overview

New for 2018

  • Fee Changes – A significant change is an increase in many license fees, application fees and preference point fees. The Wyoming Legislature approved increases to maintain funding for Wyoming's fish and wildlife at current levels. The new money is needed due to cuts in other sources of revenue. The application deadline tables include the fee increase on those licenses affected by this change. Pages 2-5, 13
  • Personal Data Confidentiality – An applicant can opt-in to designate their email address, date of birth and telephone number to be released during a public information request.
  • It is anticipated when submitting your application you will be able to select to purchase a conservation stamp or elk management stamp if you are successful in the draw. If you are successful and selected to purchase the stamp(s) your credit card will be charged the appropriate fee after the draw is concluded.

License Types and Fees

Type Description  License Fee Type
 Type 1 & 2 Antlered or Any  Full Price Fees
 Type 3 Antlered or Any White-Tailed Deer
Full Price Elk
Full Price Antelope 
 Full Price Fees
 Type 4 & 5 Antlereless   Full Price Fees
 Type 6 & 7 Doe/Fawn, Cow/Calf or Ewe/Lamb   Reduced Price Fees
 Type 8 Doe/Fawn White-Tailed Deer
Reduced Price Cow/Calf Elk
Reduced Price Doe/Fawn Antelope 
 Reduced Price Fees
 Type 9 Archery Only   Full Price Fees
 Type 0 Specialty Weapon Only (excluding archery)   Full Price Fees

Licenses are issued for a species by hunt areas, season dates and limitations as approved by the Commission. License Type indicates limitations such as sex of animal, length of season, type of weapon or the portion of the hunt area in which the license is valid. Final license quotas, hunting season dates and limitations are set at the April Commission meeting. This information will be available on the Department's website shortly afterward. Applicants are encouraged to review the final information and alter their applications, if necessary.

Full Price vs Reduced

Price is the difference. A full price license is required if the applicant wishes to hunt an antlered animal. However, if the applicant only wishes to hunt an antlerless animal, it may be beneficial to determine if an area offers a reduced price license. Full price licenses include Types 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 0. Reduced price licenses are Types 6, 7 and 8. Reduced price licenses are offered to encourage additional harvest in hunt areas where populations are above management objective.

Withdrawal Block

The withdrawal block is your method of communicating to the license system that you do NOT want a reduced price license if you do NOT draw a full price license. The full price license drawing is conducted first. Before conducting the reduced price license drawing, the system will automatically review all reduced price license applications and remove any application from participating in the reduced price license drawing if the system does not find a full price license issued for the same species for the sportsperson and the withdrawal block was checked.

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 highest preference point ranking 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. After the preference point drawing is completed, all unsuccessful applicants will then participate in the random drawing.

A youth applicant wanting to be awarded preference points must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting an application for a big game limited quota license in the initial drawing and must be at least twelve (12) years old when in the field hunting.

A youth applicant wanting to purchase preference points only must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting a preference point only application and must be at least twelve (12) years old by December 31 of that year.

Preference points are assigned to the person's sportsperson identification number and are tied to a species, but not to a specific hunt area. You are allowed to apply for different hunt areas from one year to the next.

Preference points shall not be restored when an applicant causes more than one customer record to be generated due to using a different last name, first name, date of birth or last four of their social security number. Such circumstances cause preference points to be accumulated under different sportsperson identification numbers and ultimately deleted for failure to apply under the same sportsperson identification number. Exceptions may be made for a name change because of marriage or divorce.

Preference points applied for, awarded or purchased during 2018 are not available for use in the 2018 limited quota drawings. Any preference points awarded in 2018 will be available for use in the 2019 initial drawings.

No person may apply for, or be awarded, more than one (1) preference point per species in the same calendar year.

If you were awarded a preference point in the initial drawing period, you are not eligible to purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period.

Please refer to the Department's website for the application period to apply for the purchase of a preference point only using the online system as per the dates on pages 2-3. There is no application fee to purchase a preference point only.

If a person fails to either apply for a drawing with the preference point option or purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period for two (2) consecutive years, all accumulated points for that species will be lost.

Moose/Sheep Points

For moose and full price bighorn sheep, preference points can be accumulated either by submitting an application for the limited quota drawings or by purchasing a preference point during the preference point only application period using the online system as per the dates on pages 2-3.

All applicants who are unsuccessful drawing a moose or full price bighorn sheep license will automatically be awarded a preference point each year they participate in the limited quota drawing.

Nonresidents will have the applicable moose ($150) and/or full price bighorn sheep ($150) preference point fees deducted from their license refund. Residents will receive a full refund of their license fee.

If you don’t participate in the limited quota drawing for moose or full price bighorn sheep, you may purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period using the online system as per the dates on pages 2-3. The resident fee to purchase a moose or full price bighorn sheep preference point is $7. The nonresident fee to purchase a moose preference point is $150 and the nonresident fee to purchase a full price bighorn sheep preference point is $150.

For moose and full price bighorn sheep, an applicant will lose all accumulated preference points if they draw a license or if they fail to be awarded a preference point within two (2) consecutive years by either participating in the limited quota drawing or purchasing a preference point during the appropriate application period.

A successful applicant for moose or full price bighorn sheep must wait five (5) years before they will become eligible to participate in either the limited quota drawing or purchase preference points.

Elk/Deer and Antelope Nonresident Points

For nonresident full price elk, deer and antelope, preference points can be accumulated either by submitting the applicable fee when applying for the initial limited quota drawing for licenses or by purchasing a preference point during the preference point only application period as per the dates on page 3.

If the nonresident applicant wants to accumulate preference points in the initial license drawing, they must select the fee option that includes the preference point fees for full price elk, deer and antelope licenses. The preference point fees that must be remitted are $52 for elk, $41 for deer and $31 for antelope ($10 for youth for each species). These applicants will be awarded a preference point if unsuccessful in drawing their first choice.

For nonresident full price elk, full price deer and full price antelope, an individual's accumulated preference points are only considered in the initial drawing for the applicant's first choice in the preference point drawing.

If the applicant submits the appropriate preference point fee with their license application for the initial license drawing and does not draw their first choice, they will be awarded a preference point for the year in which the application was submitted. Drawing a license for your second or third choice does not cause preference points to be deleted and the applicant will still be awarded a preference point for the year.

For nonresident full price elk, full price deer and full price antelope, an applicant will lose all accumulated preference points if they draw their first choice license in the initial limited quota drawing or if they fail to purchase a preference point in the initial drawing or during the appropriate application period for two (2) consecutive years.

For party applications, all of the applicants' preference point totals will be averaged to determine the preference point ranking used in the initial preference point drawing.

There are no preference points for reduced price cow/calf or reduced price doe/fawn licenses. Applicants for reduced price licenses do not lose their preference points if successful in the reduced price license drawing, nor do they accumulate preference points if they are unsuccessful drawing these license types.

Super Tag and Trifecta

Wyoming statutes provide for the issuance of big game, trophy game and wild bison licenses through a competitive raffle process. A Super Tag raffle chance provides an individual the opportunity to draw a bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, wild bison, elk, deer, antelope, black bear, mountain lion or gray wolf license. One license will be issued to the winner of the raffle drawing for each species upon submission of the appropriate license fees. A Super Tag Trifecta raffle allows one winner to obtain up to three different licenses for three different species from the preceding list of species upon submission of the appropriate license fees. Winners of the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffles may hunt in any open hunting season in the state for the species for which their license(s) are valid, and during an established hunting season with one exception – the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta licenses shall not be valid in any moose hunt area with a total quota of ten (10) or fewer antlered or any moose licenses, or any full price bighorn sheep hunt area with a total quota of eight (8) or fewer full price bighorn sheep licenses. Winners of either raffle will not be subject to lifetime restrictions for mountain goat and wild bison licenses, or the five (5) year waiting period for bighorn sheep and moose. Also, preference points will not be lost for any species when the hunting license was acquired through winning either of the raffles. Application for licenses through the regular drawing process is independent of the raffle drawings and any license obtained through the raffles may be exercised in addition to a license for the same species issued through the regular license drawings.

A person may purchase competitive raffle chances for multiple species and can submit an unlimited number of chances for both the Super Tag and the Super Tag Trifecta raffles. For the Super Tag Trifecta raffle, a person does not need to select the individual species at the time they purchase a raffle chance. Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta competitive raffle chances for the 2018 hunt season are available from July 15, 2017 - July 2, 2018. A competitive drawing will be conducted to determine the winners of the individual species Super Tag licenses and the Super Tag Trifecta license. Licenses will be issued by the Cheyenne Headquarters Office to successful raffle winners after the respective license fees are remitted. No preference will be given to residents or nonresidents in the drawings. Licenses obtained from the Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffles are not transferrable to persons other than the person named on the entry form. Youths who purchase competitive raffle chances must meet the age requirements to apply for big game, trophy game and wild bison licenses as specified by Wyoming statute. Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta raffle ticket purchases are not refundable. Refunds will not be issued to unsuccessful applicants.

Draw Selection

In an attempt to assure fairness, all limited quota licenses are initially allocated to applicants on the basis of randomly generated numbers through a computerized drawing system. A computerized, random selection process will determine successful applicants.
Each drawing is independent of all other drawings. The drawing for each species is conducted independently and the result of one drawing has no effect upon other drawings. Therefore, success in the drawing for one species does not guarantee success for another.

Minimum Age to Hunt

The minimum age to take any big game or trophy game animal is twelve (12) years of age. An applicant may apply for any big game or trophy game license if he/she is eleven (11) years of age, but must be at least twelve (12) years of age when hunting. Applicants less than eighteen (18) years of age and at least eleven (11) years of age at the time of application may apply for a youth license and remit youth fees. Applicants must be at least fourteen (14) years of age prior to September 15 of the application year in order to hunt wild bison.<

Residency Requirements

To qualify for a resident license, preference point, permit or tag, a person shall be domiciled and physically reside in Wyoming for not less than one (1) year immediately preceding the date the person applies for a license, preference point, permit or tag. Additionally, the person shall not claim residency elsewhere for any purpose during the previous one (1) year period. Each person, other than minor dependents or spouses and dependents of qualified military residents, must establish their residency independently. A person is considered domiciled if he: (a) physically resides in Wyoming, (b) has made his

permanent home in Wyoming, (c) is not residing in Wyoming for a special or temporary purpose and (d) has abandoned domicile in all other states.
Neither ownership of property nor a Wyoming mailing address alone is sufficient evidence of domicile. Domicile is established and maintained by the total intent and actions of a person.
A person shall lose his residency in Wyoming if they reside in any other state, territory or country for an aggregate of one hundred eighty (180) days or more in a calendar year, except minor dependents, students, active duty military personnel, hospitalized patients and those individuals identified below.
A resident is also any active member or the spouse or minor dependent of any active member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been stationed in Wyoming for ninety (90) days, so long as the member remains stationed in Wyoming. A Wyoming resident who enters the military from Wyoming maintains resident status if they declares Wyoming as their home of record, maintains Wyoming voting registration, is on active duty and does not claim residency elsewhere.
Active duty military applicants must complete the Wyoming Proof of Residency Affidavit for themselves, their spouse and their minor children.
A person qualifying as a Wyoming resident in accordance with Wyoming Statute § 23-1-107(c) shall not gain or lose residency for the purpose of serving full time for a period not to exceed four (4) years in an established volunteer service program for charitable, humanitarian or religious purposes. A letter signed and notarized by the volunteer service program's director that describes the services provided (including that they were provided without remuneration), the duration of service and the hours served may be used to establish compliance with Wyoming Statute 23-1-107(c).

All Terrain Vehicle Permits

ORV riders should contact the appropriate local land management agency office in the area in which they wish to ride to determine which roads, trails and areas are open for ORV use and permit requirements.

License Transfer Prohibited

Information on licenses, stamps, permits, tags and coupons, as prepared by the Department or its agents, cannot be altered or transferred. No license, stamp, permit, tag or coupon shall be transferred, or used for the purpose of taking wildlife, except by the individual to whom it was issued and therein named and while in that individual's possession. No individual shall take or attempt to take any wildlife using another individual's license, stamp, permit, tag or coupon. Any license, stamp, permit or tag shall not be valid unless the proper fees have been received by the Department. This regulation does not preclude a person from transporting, within Wyoming, game legally taken by another person when the person transporting the carcass has the proper carcass coupon in possession.

Legal Firearms

  1. For the taking of bighorn sheep, elk, moose, mountain goat, black bear or grizzly bear by the use of a firearm, a hunter shall use: 
    1. Any center-fire firearm of at least .24 caliber and firing a cartridge of at least two (2) inches in overall length, or any other cartridge of at least .35 caliber and at least one and one-half inches (1.5) in overall length, and using an expanding point bullet; or, 
    2. Any muzzle-loading rifle or any muzzle-loading handgun of at least .40 caliber and firing an expanding point bullet using a charge of at least fifty (50) grains of black powder or its equivalent; or, 
    3. Any shotgun firing “00” or larger buckshot, or a slug. 
  2. For the taking of antelope, deer, mountain lion, or gray wolf where designated as a trophy game animal, a hunter shall use: 
    1. Any center-fire firearm of at least .22 caliber (excluding .22 Hornet) and having a bullet weight of at least sixty (60) grains and firing a cartridge of at least two (2) inches in overall length, or any other cartridge of at least .35 caliber and at least one and one-half (1.5) inches in overall length, and using an expanding point bullet; or, 
    2. Any muzzle-loading rifle or any muzzle-loading handgun of at least .40 caliber and firing an expanding point bullet using a charge of at least fifty (50) grains of black powder or its equivalent; or, 
    3. Any shotgun firing “00” or larger buckshot, or a slug.

Legal Archery

  1. For the taking of antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, deer, mountain goat, mountain lion, or gray wolf where designated as a trophy game animal, a hunter shall use a longbow, recurve bow or compound bow of not less than forty (40) pounds draw weight and an arrow equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seven-eighths (7/8) inch solid ring. 
  2. For the taking of elk, grizzly bear or moose, a hunter shall use a longbow, recurve bow or compound bow of not less than fifty (50) pounds draw weight and an arrow equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seven-eighths (7/8) inch solid ring. 
  3. For the taking of any big or trophy game animal with a crossbow, a hunter shall use a crossbow having a peak draw weight of at least ninety (90) pounds and a bolt of at least sixteen (16) inches in length equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seveneighths (7/8) inch solid ring.

Conservation Stamp Requirements

Each person licensed to hunt or fish in Wyoming shall purchase one (1) conservation stamp for $12.50, valid for the calendar year. The stamp shall be in the possession of the person while hunting or fishing. If a physical paper stamp is purchased, it shall be signed in ink. Hunters or anglers who acquire a lifetime conservation stamp or a conservation stamp authorization from the Department’s electronic license service system shall not be required to meet the signature provision on a physical stamp as no physical stamp will be issued.

Conservation stamps may be purchased from the Cheyenne Headquarters Office, Department Regional Offices, license selling agents and on the Department's website. A lifetime conservation stamp may be purchased by residents and nonresidents for $185.50 from the Cheyenne Headquarters Office or Department Regional Offices.

Conservation Stamp Exemptions

Conservation stamps are not required with the following licenses: daily hunting or fishing licenses; nonresident five-day fishing licenses; special limited fishing permits; Wyoming 50% disabled veteran fishing license; any Wyoming pioneer or pioneer hunting or fishing license; Wyoming 100% disabled veteran game bird, small game and fishing license; United States military purple heart medal game bird, small game and fish license; military combat general elk, general deer or game bird or small game license; furbearer trapping licenses; seine/trap fish licenses; or deal in live bait licenses.

Hunter Safety Requirements

No person born on or after January 1, 1966, may take any wildlife by the use of firearms on land other than that of his own family, unless the person possesses or can demonstrate they have obtained a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms. All Elk Hunt Area 75 and 79 hunters, regardless of age, must possess and exhibit a valid hunter safety certificate. Compliance will be checked in the field.

Hunter Safety Exemptions

Any active member, honorably discharged past member, or veteran of the armed forces of the United States and any active or retired Wyoming peace officer who has qualified pursuant to Wyoming Statute 9-1-701 through 9-1-707 are exempt from the hunter safety certificate requirement. Hunter Safety Exemption Certificates may be applied for at Department Regional Offices or from the Cheyenne Headquarters Office. Hunter Safety Exemptions are not valid for those hunting elk within Grand Teton National Park (Elk Hunt Areas 75 and 79), and are also not valid for use by a mentor participating in the Hunter Mentor Program.

Special Archery Season

Special archery seasons for big game are established by the Commission in late April. Information on special archery seasons will be available in early May. Traditionally, antelope special archery seasons for most hunt areas open August 15 and close the day the regular season opens. For elk and deer, the special archery seasons in most hunt areas traditionally open September 1 and close September 30 or earlier in September when the regular seasons open.
Hunters holding general or limited quota hunting licenses may hunt with archery equipment during special archery seasons if they first obtain an archery license in addition to their valid hunting license. Only one archery license is required to archery hunt all big game and trophy game animals during the special archery season. Archery licenses are available at the Cheyenne Headquarters Office, Department Regional Offices, automated license selling agents and on the Department's website. Do not purchase an archery license until you have received notification of drawing results.
Some elk hunt areas offer hunting licenses for archery only and these licenses are designated as Type 9 licenses in the Tentative Hunting Season Information. Type 9 elk licenses are often available in the leftover drawing, but not in the first-come, first serve. Holders of Type 9 licenses are not required to obtain an archery license in addition to the limited quota archery only Type 9 license, but are restricted to hunting only in the hunt area(s) and during the season specified for the Type 9 license. In elk hunt areas that have Type 9 archery only licenses, the special archery season may or may not be open when the Type 9 license season is open or there may not be a special archery season offered for firearm hunters.

Nonresidents in Wilderness

Wyoming statute says nonresidents must have a licensed guide or resident companion to hunt big or trophy game in federally designated wilderness areas. The resident companion will need to get a free non-commercial guide license from a Game and Fish office. The law does not prohibit nonresidents from hiking, fishing or hunting game birds, small game, or coyotes in wilderness areas. Only nonresident big and trophy game hunters must have a licensed guide or resident companion.

Use of Aircraft

No person shall use any aircraft with the intent to spot, locate and aid in the taking of any game animal from August 1 through January 31 of the following calendar year. Nothing in this Section shall apply to the operation of an aircraft in a usual manner where there is no attempt or intent to locate any game animal, such as aircraft used for the sole purpose of passenger transport.

Edible Portion Retrieval

  1. (a) The Department may require substantive proof from any person who fails to retrieve from the site of kill all edible portions of a big game animal as to why the edible portions were not removed from the field. 
  2. Wounding and Retrieving. No person shall wound or kill any migratory game bird without making a reasonable effort to retrieve it and reduce it to possession.

Baiting of Big Game

Any legally blind person, person confined to a wheelchair, person hunting with a permit issued pursuant to W.S. 23-3-304(d)(iv) or any person hunting with a license issued pursuant to W. S. 23-1-705 (j) may place a bait for big game or take a big game animal by the use of bait.

Blaze Orange Requirements

All persons hunting big or trophy game during an open firearm season, shall wear in a visible manner one (1) or more exterior garments of a fluorescent orange color that shall include at least one of the following: a hat, shirt, jacket, coat, vest or sweater. Fluorescent orange camouflage is legal. Hunters participating in limited quota muzzle-loading seasons are also required to meet the fluorescent orange requirements. Archers and crossbow hunters hunting during a special archery season or limited quota archery only Type 9 season are exempt from this requirement.

Artifical Light for Hunting

No person shall take any wildlife with the aid of or by using any artificial light or lighting device except that predators may be taken with the aid of an artificial light or lighting device by:

  • A public officer authorized to and conducting predator control; 
  • A landowner, resident manager or person with the landowner’s or a resident manager’s written permission to take predators, on land under the landowner’s control for the protection of their property. 

It is prima facie evidence of a violation if a person uses an artificial light in an area that may be inhabited by wildlife while having in their possession and control any device for taking wildlife. This shall not prohibit the hunting on foot of raccoon with the aid of a handlight, provided the hunter is accompanied by a raccoon hunting dog and, if hunting on private land(s), has the written permission of the landowner or their agent.