CHEYENNE - Wyoming resident big game hunters are reminded the deadline to apply for limited quota elk, deer, and antelope licenses is the end of May. To be included in the drawings, applications must be received at the Cheyenne Game and Fish headquarters by 5 p.m. on May 31.
The deadline date and time is the same for both paper and online applications. Hunters who wait until after 5 p.m. on May 31 to apply online will find that the system has shut down and will not accept applications after that time. For hunters that choose to apply through the mail, the Game and Fish advises hunters that all applications must be received in the Cheyenne office by the deadline date to be entered in the drawing, regardless of the postmark date.
To reduce the uncertainty of mailed applications getting in on time, license manager Jean Cole encourages hunters to use the online process for applying for licenses. “Applying online will insure against potential delays with mail services,” Cole said.
Applying online also helps eliminate errors. When a hunter fills out an application field incorrectly, the error or omission is noted on the online application and the hunter must make the correction before proceeding. While the majority of hunters are applying online, hunters who choose to apply by mail are advised to get their applications in early to avoid possible delays. To apply online, hunters need to go to the Game and Fish website. Currently, more than 80 percent of applications processed are received online.
According to Cole, applying online offers a number of advantages over the mail-in applications. “They can be processed faster and require less manpower,” Cole said. “Not only does this represent a significant cost saving for the Game and Fish, it also expedites the timing of the drawings.”
In addition, online applicants who apply and then change their mind on area selection can easily go into the Game and Fish website and modify the application any time during the application period.
Hunters should be aware that some areas have changes from previous years. Hunters should carefully examine summary maps to verify season dates and license quotas in effect for 2012. Big game summary maps for elk, deer, and antelope, listing seasons and quotas for 2012, are available at Game and Fish offices and license selling agents. Information on hunting seasons and license quotas are also available online
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)