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Before applying for a bighorn sheep license, the applicant should review the tentative bighorn sheep hunting information, specifically the limitations column, to determine the type of license that is valid in the specific hunt area for which you are applying.
An individual may apply for and receive (1) full price bighorn sheep license and/or one (1) reduced price ewe/lamb type 6 license.
Wyoming statute provides that any successful full price bighorn sheep applicant must wait five (5) years to next apply for or receive another full price bighorn sheep license. For example, a full price big horn sheep applicant successful in 2008 would not be eligible to apply for or receive another full price bighorn sheep license until 2013. Nor would the applicant be eligible to purchase a big horn sheep preference point during this same five (5) year period (until 2013).
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 full price bighorn sheep. Type indicates limitations such as sex of animal, length of season, the type of weapon or the portion of hunt area in which the license is valid. Refer to the tentative full price bighorn sheep hunting season charts.
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 full price bighorn sheep hunt areas with populations too small to sustain at least four total full price 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 2013 there are several bighorn sheep hunt areas (refer to bighorn sheep tentative hunting season Information) 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 full price bighorn sheep hunting license before applying. Applicants should recognize that these license allocations are dynamic and will change each year to meet the statutory requirement.
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 reduced price bighorn sheep. Type indicates limitations such as sex of animal, length of season, the type of weapon or the portion of hunt area in which the license is valid. Refer to the tentative full price bighorn sheep hunting season charts.
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.
Special archery seasons for big game are established by the Commission in late April. Information on archery seasons will be available on or about May 5. Traditionally, antelope archery seasons for most areas open August 15 and close the day the regular (rifle) season opens. For elk and deer, the archery seasons in most areas traditionally open September 1 and close September 30 or earlier in September when the regular (rifle) seasons open.
Hunters holding general or limited quota hunting licenses may hunt with bow and arrow or crossbow 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. Archery licenses are available at the Cheyenne headquarters office, Department regional offices, automated license selling agents and on the WGFD 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 Season Information tables. Type 9 elk licenses are often available as leftover licenses. Holders of type 9 licenses are not required to obtain an archery license in addition to the limited quota archery only license, but are restricted to hunting only in the 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 not be open when the type 9 license season is open or there may not be a special archery season.
Persons hunting with archery equipment during regular firearms seasons need not obtain an archery license, but are required to wear fluorescent orange.
The preference point system is designed to improve an applicant's odds of eventually drawing a license in a hard-to-draw hunt area. Preferences 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 combination will be allocated to the preference point drawing. Applicants with the highest preference point ranking will receive priority in the preference point draw. 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 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 an 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 the following:
1. A different sportsperson identification number was given on the application.
2. A different sportsperson identification number was generated because the sportsperson number field on the application was left blank.
3. A different last name, first name, date of birth or social security # was used by the applicant.
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.
No preference points will be earned when a person applies for a closed hunt area or invalid hunt area/license type.
Preference points applied for, awarded or purchased during 2013 are not available for use in the 2013 limited quota drawings. Any preference points awarded in 2013 will be available for use in the 2014 limited quota 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.
The application period to apply for the purchase of a preference point only is from July 1 to September 30, 5:00 PM mountain time. There is no application fee to purchase a preference point only.
Moose and Full Price Bighorn Sheep Preference Points (Residents and Nonresidents)
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 after all drawings for the year have been completed, beginning July 1.
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 ($75) and/or full price big horn sheep ($100) 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 beginning July 1. The resident fee to purchase a preference point is $7.00.
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 consecutive years by either participating in the limited quota drawing or purchasing a preference point in 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.
Some suggestions when applying for licenses with the preference point option: to maintain your preference points, do not apply for an easy-to-draw area as your first choice. If you do and are successful, then all of your accumulated points will be deleted and the odds of drawing a license in a hard-to-draw area will be diminished for several years until you build up preference points again. If you desire to hunt more often without sacrificing your preference points, continue to apply for your preferred (hard-to-draw) area as a first choice and apply for easy-to-draw areas as your second choice. By reviewing the random draw odds from previous years, you can find hunt areas with good odds of drawing a license as a second and possibly a third choice. License types with zero percent (0%) drawing odds are not available as second or third choices. On the other hand, it is nearly certain you will draw a license in an area with 100% odds listed for the second choice drawing. However, be advised that drawing odds can and do change from year to year as applicants shift their preferences for specific hunt areas. The prior year's drawing odds are a useful indicator of relative odds, but provide no absolute guarantees.
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.
If the applicant is successful, the license and a copy of the regulations should be mailed within 25 days of the selection date. For nonresidents, elk regulations will not be mailed until mid-June. Applicants who do not receive a license or refund within 25 days following the drawing result date should notify the Department. Applicants who wish to obtain results prior to mail notification may access this information at the WGFD website or by calling 307-777-4600. License fees are returned to unsuccessful applicants and to persons who submitted improper applications or fees. All refunds will be issued in the name of the applicant, regardless of who submitted the fee accompanying the application.
Neither the U.S. Postal Service nor any other mail delivery service is an agent of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Therefore, the Department cannot assume responsibility for mail delivery to and from the Department. If necessary, duplicate licenses or replacement warrants will be issued by the Department upon timely notification that the applicant failed to receive a license or refund warrant. Duplicate licenses may be purchased from the Department for a fee of $5.00.
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. For example, success for a moose license does not guarantee success for a bighorn sheep license.
Applications submitted on the WGFD website may be modified on the WGFD website. This feature is also available for paper applications once the application data is entered in the system. Go to the Department's website at http://wgfd.wyo.gov and choose "Enter a License Drawing" under the "Hunting" tab. Enter your sportsperson information and hit "submit." Click on the "View Previously submitted Applications" button and then the "Modify" button and then select the "Continue to update areas and types" button. You will not be able to modify the fee type for which you have submitted your application. For example, you can't change from a regular to a special or a reduced price to a full price or vice versa. The party originator must make the modifications to party applications. Modifications to party applications may also be submitted to the License Draw Section by fax at 307-777-4679 and must include the sportsperson identification number and the applicant's signature. The deadline for modifying hunt areas and types on applications is listed in the Resident and Nonresident Initial Drawing Application Period and License Fee Charts.
Each applicant assumes an inherent risk when applying for a license to be used in the future. License fees are generally nonrefundable once a license has been issued and licenses are nontransferable. Please consider the risk when applying.
Licenses, stamps, permits or tags issued under Title 23, Wyoming statutes or by Commission regulation become the permanent property of the licensee and shall not be canceled or any fee refunded after the license, stamp, permit, tag or preference point has been issued except as follows:
i. In the case of the death of the licensee, any person who has authority to represent the decedent as provided by a court order shall submit a written request for a license refund supported by a copy of the respective death certificate;
ii. In the case of the death of the licensee's spouse, parents, grandparents, lineal descendants and their spouses, step-parent, step-sibling, step-children, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, step-son-in-law or step-daughter-in-law, the licensee shall submit a written request for a license refund supported by the respective death certificate. The date of death on such certificate shall have occurred during the regular season, resulting in the licensee not being able to participate in the majority of the regular season;
iii. In the case of incapacitating illness or injury of the licensee supported by a physician's sworn statement on a Department form;
iv. Military personnel who receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders or are assigned away from their home duty station on Temporary Duty Orders (TDY), all of this being supported by a copy of official military orders from the Armed Forces of the United States;
v. Individuals who are not able to participate in the majority of the regular season for the species specified in Commission Rules and Regulations during the year for which the license is issued as a result of a court subpoena, jury duty, Grand Jury investigation or attorneys required to attend criminal cases. A certified copy of the court document shall accompany the written request for the license refund;
vi. When the Department determines one hundred percent (100%) of the hunting opportunity and access to the hunt area has been closed due to administrative actions of the state or federal government in closing of the public access to public lands due to a natural disaster;
vii. An error on the part of the Department or its authorized agent where the applicant has been issued a license not requested;
viii. Any youth licensee may be granted a license refund if the youth licensee's opportunity to hunt is jeopardized as a result of any license refund granted by the Department;
ix. A sponsoring organization of a person with a life-threatening illness may be granted a license refund if the licensee's opportunity to hunt is jeopardized as a result of incapacitating illness or injury supported by a physician's sworn statement on forms provided by the Department that the licensee is incapable of performing tasks necessary to exercise the privileges of the license.
The appropriate refund form can be requested by calling 307-777-4516. Under no circumstances shall the Department approve a refund of any license, permit, stamp or tag if the written request for refund is received after January 31 following the season for which the license, permit, stamp or tag was issued or was valid. Refunds shall be denied in any circumstance where the licensee hunted on the license for the designated species as specified in Commission Rules and Regulations, including special archery seasons, during the year for which the license is issued.
For deadlines for withdrawing applications on the WGFD website or submitting a withdrawal form, please review the application deadline chart provided above. Applicants may not withdraw from the wild bison priority ranking or a preference point only purchase. A $5.00 fee will be deducted from the license application refund. The refund will be issued upon completion of the drawing. Pioneer applicants are exempt from the $5 withdrawal fee.
To withdraw an application online, go to the Department's website at http://wgfd.wyo.gov and choose "Enter a License Drawing" under the "Hunting" tab. Enter your sportsperson information and hit "submit." Select "View Previously Submitted Applications" and then the "Modify" button and the "Remove Application from Drawing" button. This feature is also available for paper applications once the application data is entered in the system.
Withdrawing Using the Paper Process
You may also withdraw your applications upon submission of a written request. Form 16 "Request to Be Removed From the Drawing" can be downloaded from the WGFD website. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure withdrawal forms have been received by the License Draw Section by the applicable date.
Holders of moose, mountain goat or full price bighorn sheep licenses, who are "Unable To Use The License For Good Cause" (see regulation, Chapter 44 for a definition of this terminology), may reserve a license for the same species and hunt area in accordance with Commission regulations for the immediately succeeding calendar year only. A disabled license holder must contact the Fiscal Administration Section and request a disabled hunter certification form. This form must be completed in full and signed by the applicant's physician and returned with the license prior to the earliest season date for which the license is valid.