CHEYENNE - Earlier this summer, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department sent out more than 17,000 letters to notify hunters that their accumulated preference points are in jeopardy of being lost.
Wyoming has a special application period from July 1 to Sept. 30 when hunters can purchase preference points. This year the deadline is Oct. 1 because Sept. 30 is on a Sunday.
Preference points are available for moose, bighorn sheep, and for nonresident elk, deer, and antelope. Wyoming law requires hunters to apply for a license involving preference points or to purchase preference points at least every other year to maintain their point totals. If a hunter fails to apply for a license with preference points, purchase a preference point, or to apply for a license with the preference point option for two consecutive years, all accumulated preference points for that species will be deleted.
Applications for preference points are accepted online or through the mail. The Game and Fish encourages online application to help ensure applications are received prior to the deadline date. The online application service is found on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov. Applications can also be downloaded from this website.
Preference points are updated after each year’s preference point deadline. Hunters can verify preference point balances on the Game and Fish website after mid-November.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)