CASPER - Wyoming elk hunters can now purchase three licenses in a single season.
Effective immediately, Wyoming elk hunters can now have up to three elk licenses in select elk hunt areas across the state. In addition to purchasing one full price elk license and one reduced price cow/calf elk license or two reduced price cow/calf elk licenses this season, hunters – residents or nonresidents – can now buy a third elk license provided that it is a reduced price cow/calf elk license and is issued for one of the following elk hunt areas: 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 34, 47, 48, 49, 61, 63, 64, 66, 92, 93, 94, 104, 108, 114, 122, 125, or 129.
The 2012 Wyoming Legislature passed a bill eliminating the two elk license limit and gave the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission the authority to set the number of elk licenses a person can possess. In early August 2012, Commission President Aaron Clark and Governor Matt Mead approved an emergency regulation allowing hunters to purchase up to three elk licenses. This change gives the Game and Fish Department additional flexibility in managing elk populations.
“We appreciate the legislature and the governor providing us additional flexibility to expand elk hunting opportunity, which in turn, we hope will increase elk harvest,” said Brian Nesvik, chief game warden for the Game and Fish. “This regulation allows us to focus on specific areas of the state where elk herds are over our population management objectives.”
Leftover elk licenses can be purchased on a first come-first serve basis through the Game and Fish website, from electronic license selling agents, and Game and Fish offices across the state.
(Contact: Jeff Obrecht (307) 777-4532)