CHEYENNE - Hunters looking to improve their drawing odds in hard-to-get areas for some big game licenses must purchase preference points by Sept. 30. Wyoming has a special application period from July 1 to Sept. 30 during which hunters can buy preference points.
Preference points are available for moose, bighorn sheep and nonresident elk, deer and antelope. To maintain their point totals, Wyoming law requires hunters to apply for a license involving preference points or to purchase preference points at least every other year. If a hunter fails to apply for a license with preference points; buy a preference point; or to apply for a license with the preference point option for two consecutive years, the hunter will lose all the preference points he or she has accumulated for that species.
Hunters must apply for preference points online at wgfd.wyo.gov by 5 p.m. Sept. 30. Mail-in applications for preference points are no longer accepted.
When they apply, hunters should use their sportsperson identification number. Hunters who do not remember or are unsure of their number, can verify their number by calling 307-777-4600.
Hunters may check their preference point balances at the Game and Fish website (wgfd.wyo.gov) after mid-November.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)