Leftover draw offers second chance at a hunting license
Two hunters looking ahead

There’s one more chance to get a limited-quota elk, deer and antelope license through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s leftover license draw. Residents and nonresidents have five days to enter. The application period is open Monday, June 24 through June 28. 


The leftover draw has different rules than the initial draw:

  • There is no quota split. Residents and nonresidents all draw from the same quota.
  • Residents and nonresidents can apply together in a party (up to six hunters) for licenses.
  • There are no application fees.
  • Preference points cannot be used, and an applicant will not lose preference points if a leftover license is drawn.
  • License availability is based on what is not allocated in the initial draw. The leftover draw does not have any influence on the initial draw.


The availability of leftover licenses changes from year-to-year for all species and are based on what hunters applied for and received in the initial draw. Many of the licenses available are in areas with limited public access.


“License availability varies,” said Josh Moulton, Game and Fish license section manager. “Most of these licenses are for hunt areas where access might be challenging. We encourage hunters to secure hunting permission before purchasing a license.”


All applications for leftover licenses must be submitted online. 


Those without computer access can apply at kiosks at Game and Fish headquarters or regional offices. Hunters with questions about the leftover draw or how to apply can call Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600 or visit a regional office. 

Breanna Ball
Public Information Officer

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