CHEYENNE - Beginning January 2014, hunters will be required to use an online application process to apply to hunt in Wyoming.
“Due to the recent budget cuts, printing costs for paper applications and processing of those applications was cut,” said Jean Cole, fiscal chief for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD). “We had planned to go paperless with our application process in 2015, the cuts moved our timeline up one year.”
The majority of hunters already submit applications through the department’s electronic licensing system (ELS) with 95 percent of applications from both residents and non-residents coming in via ELS. The ELS is accessible via the WGFD website at wgfd.wyo.gov.
All nine WGFD offices are prepared to help those who need assistance with the process.
“We anticipate some of our customers will need help with the process, so we have very knowledgeable and professional staff members in all of our offices across the state and in our call center who are ready to help,” Cole added. “In addition to our staff, each office will have a computer station available for walk-ins to apply right on the spot. We are trying to make it as easy as possible.”
“An advantage of using the online process is the flexibility to wait until the very last minute to plan out a hunt and actually apply,” Cole said. “A separate, helpful tool is the Plan Your Hunt section of our website.”
Private, third-party application services exist to help hunters navigate the application processes of various states. For those looking to use the services of an outfitter, Wyoming outfitters are also a viable option for those wanting help with the application process. For a list of outfitters in Wyoming, visit the Wyoming Outfitters Board at: outfitters.state.wy.us. Application deadlines for each species will remain unchanged from previous years. The deadlines for non-resident elk and resident spring wild turkey applications (5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2014) will be the first for which the online-only application process is in effect. For a full list of application deadlines, see wgfd.wyo.gov (select“Hunting” then “Plan Your Hunt”).
Hunters needing more information about applying to hunt in Wyoming, can contact Jennifer Doering at 307-777-4517.
(Contact: WGFD (307) 777-4600)