The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce has developed a proposal that could impact how preference points are used in the Wyoming moose and bighorn sheep draws. Learn what it means for current and future point holders.


The Recommendation: 

Following multiple discussions over several meetings, the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce voted to recommend a substantial change to the manner in which bighorn sheep and moose licenses are issued for both residents and nonresidents specific to the use of preference points.  


There are three primary components of the changes recommended:

1)  Transition from a prescriptive draw where 75% of licenses are drawn from the top point holders to a system that is completely random.  

2)  Transition to a weighted bonus point system where an applicant’s advantage in the draw increases exponentially with each subsequent year they continue to apply. The Taskforce recommends this be implemented by squaring an applicant’s total number of bonus points.  

3)  Delay implementation by up to four years from the date the law is effective to provide long term applicants with the highest numbers of preference points a transition period.

Read the official recommendation letter from the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce.


Next Steps:

This topic is a current interim topic for the Wyoming Legislature Travel, Wildlife and Recreation Committee. 

The Wyoming Game and Fish Departments wants to hear your thoughts to bring to the discussion at the legislature. Any changes would still need to work through a legislative process that includes multiple opportunities for public involvement.


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