CHEYENNE - Hunters who missed the application periods to get into the drawings for elk, deer, and antelope licenses could still have an opportunity to hunt this fall by picking up licenses that were undersubscribed in the initial drawings.
Leftover full-price licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 10 and include 4,112 elk, 3,646 deer, and 9,066 antelope licenses. Reduced price licenses will be sold beginning July 17 and include 11,616 cow/calf elk, 11,818 doe/fawn deer, and 15,697 doe/fawn antelope. Licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents.
Hunters have the option of purchasing the licenses via their home computers, from Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional offices, or by going to license agents that are on the automated computer system. A listing of agents on the automated system can be found on the Game and Fish website: wgfd.wyo.gov. The website also has a listing of areas where licenses are remaining as well as instructions for applying for licenses online. Selling undersubscribed licenses online and through automated license agents replaces the leftover drawing for issuing licenses that had been in place until a few years ago.
Access in areas with remaining licenses is a mixture of public and private lands. Some areas have large amounts on national forests while others are predominantly private. The majority of remaining antelope licenses is for hunt areas where public access is limited. Many of the deer licenses are also for private land areas, but several of the nonresident regions with licenses remaining have large amounts of public land access. Many of the elk licenses are for hunt areas within national forest lands and most of the remaining licenses are for antlerless elk only. However, remaining elk licenses also include some areas with archery only licenses and a handful of licenses that allow the taking of either antlered or antlerless elk.
A number of the areas with remaining licenses also have public access provided through the Game and Fish Walk-InArea and Hunter Management programs. Hunters are urged to research areas with leftover licenses, and where necessary, obtain permission to hunt from landowners before applying.
Hunters who have questions on hunt areas and applying for licenses can contact the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)