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BIG GAME PREFERENCE POINTS

Purchase a preference point only: July 1 - October 31

 

Preference points are a way to improve your odds of eventually drawing a license in a hard-to-draw hunt area. You can apply for preference points for:

• resident and nonresident moose
• resident and nonresident full price bighorn sheep
• nonresident elk
• nonresident deer
• nonresident antelope

 

How do preference points work?

In the draw, 75 percent of available licenses in each hunt area and license type will be allocated to the preference point drawing. In Wyoming, preference points rank applicants pools. Applicants with the 12 highest preference point ranking will receive priority in the preference point drawing. The remaining 25 percent of available licenses will be allocated in a random drawing, regardless of preference points. The random drawing is intended to provide everyone who applies a chance of drawing a license, regardless of their preference point total.

Every applicant is in the preference point drawing even if they have no preference points. After the preference point drawing is completed, all unsuccessful applicants will then participate in the random drawing.

Youth can start to collect preference points but he or she has to be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting an application for a big game limited quota license in the initial drawing and must be at least 12 years old when in the field hunting. Youth can apply for preference points when they are 11 years old at the time of submitting a preference point only application and must be at least 12 years old by December 31 of that year.


Additional Info on Preference Points
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Preference Point Fees

Resident

Species Price
Resident Moose $7
Resident Bighorn Sheep $7

Nonresident

Species Price
Nonresident Antelope $31
Nonresident Bighorn Sheep $150
Nonresident Deer $41
Nonresident Elk $52
Nonresident Moose $150
Nonresident Youth Antelope $10
Nonresident Youth Deer $10
Nonresident Youth Elk $10

Application Strategies

Some suggestions when applying for licenses with the preference point option:

• To maintain your preference points, do not apply for an easy-to-draw area as your first choice. If you do and are successful, then all of your accumulated points will be deleted and the odds of drawing a license in a hard-to-draw area will be diminished for several years until you build up preference points again.
• If you want to hunt more often without using your preference points, continue to apply for your preferred (hard-to-draw) hunt area as a first choice and apply for easy-to-draw hunt areas as your second choice.
• When applying for a nonresident elk license, any full price license will use your points. This includes the type 4 and type 5 (full price antlerless elk) licenses. If you wish to apply for a cow/calf or antlerless elk license, and do not want to use your points, apply for the reduced price cow/calf draw.
• By reviewing the random drawing odds from previous years, you can find hunt areas with good odds of drawing a license as a second and possibly a third choice. On the other hand, it is nearly certain you will draw a license in a hunt area with 100%odds listed for the second choice drawing.
Drawing odds can and do change from year to year as applicants shift their preferences for specific hunt areas. The prior year’s drawing odds are a useful indicator of relative odds, but provide no absolute guarantees.

 

Preference Point Species Info

Preference points work different for each species. Learn more below.

Find preference point information for Full Price Elk, Deer and Antelope Preference Points (Nonresidents Only) and Moose and Full Price Bighorn Sheep Preference Points (Residents and Nonresidents).

Full Price Elk, Deer and Antelope Preference Points (Nonresidents Only)

For nonresident full price elk, deer and antelope, preference points can be accumulated by applying for a preference point during the preference point only application period. The preference point fees that must be remitted are $52 for elk, $41 for deer and $31 for antelope ($10 for youth for each species).

For nonresident full price elk, full price deer and full price antelope, an individual’s accumulated preference points are only considered in the initial drawing for the applicant’s first choice in the preference point drawing.

If the applicant submits the appropriate preference point fee with their license application for the initial license drawing and does not draw their first choice, they will be eligible for a preference point for the year in which the application was submitted. Drawing a license for your second or third choice does not cause preference points to be deleted and the applicant will still be awarded a preference point for the year.

For nonresident full price elk, full price deer and full price antelope, an applicant will lose all accumulated preference points if they draw their first choice license in the initial limited quota drawing or if they fail to purchase a preference point during the application period for two (2) consecutive years.

For party applications, all of the applicants’ preference point totals will be averaged to determine the preference point ranking used in the initial preference point drawing.

There are no preference points for reduced price cow/calf or reduced price doe/fawn licenses. Applicants for reduced price licenses do not lose their preference points if successful in the reduced price license drawing, nor do they accumulate preference points if they are unsuccessful drawing these license types.

Moose and Full Price Bighorn Sheep Preference Points (Residents and Nonresidents)

For moose and full price bighorn sheep, preference points can be accumulated either by submitting an application for the limited quota drawings or by purchasing a preference point during the preference point only application period using the online system.

All applicants who are unsuccessful drawing a moose or full price bighorn sheep license will automatically be awarded a preference point each year they participate in the limited quota drawing.

Nonresidents will have the applicable moose ($150) and/or full price bighorn sheep ($150) preference point fees deducted from their license refund. Residents will receive a full refund of their license fee.

If you don’t participate in the limited quota drawing for moose or full price bighorn sheep, you may purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period using the online system. The resident fee to purchase a moose or full price bighorn sheep preference point is $7. The nonresident fee to purchase a moose preference point is $150 and the nonresident fee to purchase a full price bighorn sheep preference point is $150.

For moose and full price bighorn sheep, an applicant will lose all accumulated preference points if they draw a license or if they fail to be awarded a preference point within two (2) consecutive years by either participating in the limited quota drawing or purchasing a preference point during the appropriate application period.

A successful applicant for moose or full price bighorn sheep must wait five (5) years before they will become eligible to participate in either the limited quota drawing or purchase preference points.

Preference Point FAQs

Here are some important things to know about preference points:

• Preference points are assigned to the person's sportsperson identification number and are tied to a species, but not to a specific hunt area. You are allowed to apply for different hunt areas from one year to the next.

• Preference points shall not be restored when an applicant causes more than one customer record to be generated due to using a different last name, first name, date of birth or last four of their social security number. Such circumstances cause preference points to be accumulated under different sportsperson identification numbers and ultimately deleted for failure to apply under the same sportsperson identification number. Exceptions may be made for a name change because of marriage or divorce.

Preference points applied for, awarded or purchased during 2018 are not available for use in the 2018 limited quota drawings. Any preference points awarded in 2018 will be available for use in the 2019 initial drawings.

• No person may apply for, or be awarded, more than one (1) preference point per species in the same calendar year.

• If you were awarded a preference point in the initial drawing period, you are not eligible to purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period.

• You can apply for one preference point for each species you are eligible for each year. The application period is July 1-Oct. 31. You apply online. There is no application fee to purchase a preference point only, but you will pay the credit card fee.

• If a person fails to either apply for a drawing with the preference point option or purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period for two (2) consecutive years, all accumulated points for that species will be lost.

PREFERENCE POINT INFORMATION

Use these links to look up preference points, view preference point totals going into the draw and purchase a preference point.

View Your Preference Points

Total Preference Points Going into 2019 Draw

Elk, Deer and Antelope
Moose and Sheep

Purchase a preference point during the application period of July 1 to October 31, of each year.

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