CHEYENNE - Hunters who did not obtain an elk, deer or antelope license this year still have other opportunities to get licenses in any of the areas where license quota is still remaining following the recently completed drawing.
Leftover licenses are available for purchase full-price via home computer, automated license agents, or at Game and Fish regional offices. Full price licenses go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. on July 10. Reduced-price licenses for cow/calf elk and doe/fawn antelope and deer will be available a week later on July 17.
As is usually the case, a number of areas have licenses remaining. A total of 8,368 full price antelope licenses are available along with 11,478 reduced price doe/fawn antelope licenses. For deer, 3,329 full price licenses are available and more than 10,400 doe fawn licenses. Elk hunters who would still like a license should note that 3,329 full price licenses are available as well as 12,341 cow/calf licenses.
A listing of the areas with licenses remaining for each species is found on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov. Some of the areas have reasonable public access either through public federal and state lands or the Game and Fish Hunter Management and walk-in area programs. There are also many licenses remaining in hunt areas that are predominantly private lands where public access is difficult. Hunters are advised to obtain permission from landowners before obtaining licenses in private land areas.
Several years ago the Game and Fish changed their method of issuing leftover license from a supplemental drawing to the current system of providing the licenses online, through license agents, or at Game and Fish offices. This has resulted in a more timely, efficient, and equitable distribution of licenses. It has also allowed hunters immediate knowledge of obtaining a license instead of waiting a few weeks for results through the supplemental draw.
Hunters who have questions on applying for leftover licenses or public access in the different hunt areas can contact the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.
(Contact: Al Langston, 307-777-4540)