Comments Sought on Nonresident Preference Points Proposals

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All interested parties are reminded written comments on the proposed preference point system for nonresident elk, deer and antelope licenses and increasing the price of nonresident moose and bighorn sheep preference points are due by 5 p.m. June 17.

In passing the law in 2004, the Wyoming Legislature authorized the Game and Fish Commission to establish required details in G&F regulation that are needed to put the law into effect.

The G&F is proposing to set the price of a nonresident elk, deer or antelope license preference point at $40 for regular and special licenses and $10 for youth licenses. Applicants would have the choice of either applying for a license or just buying the preference point. The preference point system would not apply to second or third choices, reduced price doe/fawn deer and antelope or cow/calf elk licenses nor to all applications in the second drawing held in July.

For party applications, the number of preference points of each party member would be averaged together to determine the number for the party.

As required by statute for moose and bighorn sheep licenses, the G&F is proposing to designate 75 percent of the nonresident quota for elk, deer and antelope to a preference point drawing and 25 percent to a random drawing.

The law also authorized increasing the price of nonresident preference points for moose and bighorn sheep. The G&F is proposing an increase from $7 to $75 per species.

These proposals would take effect Jan. 1, 2006. However, preference points would not influence the drawings for nonresident elk, deer and antelope until 2007.

Written comments should be mailed to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Suite 100, Casper, WY 82604. Copies of the proposed regulation are available at the same address or at .

All comments will be presented to the G&F Commission before they address the proposals at their July 12-13 meeting in Rawlins.