Hunting Lottery Held for Moose, Sheep, and Mountain Goat

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The most pivotal day of a big game hunter’s year, and sometimes of his or her outdoor lifetime - license drawings for bighorn sheep, moose and mountain goat - was April 28.

Results of the drawings are available on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Web site at and at department offices. Licenses were mailed May 3 and refund checks and preference point letters will be mailed May 8.

This year 760 moose licenses were issued - 632 to residents and 128 to nonresidents. Residents will receive 174 bighorn sheep licenses and nonresidents 58. There are 20 mountain goat licenses with 15 staying in the Cowboy State and five going outside.

"With hunters knowing the outcome of this drawing in early May, they will have plenty of time to decide their elk, deer and antelope plans before the May 31 limited quota deadline for those species," said Jean Cole, interim license draw manager.

There are no leftover moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses.

Cole reminds unsuccessful moose and bighorn sheep applicants to look at their refund check stub to make sure the number of preference points listed is correct. Unsuccessful nonresident moose and bighorn sheep applicants are alerted the preference point fee ($100 for bighorn sheep and $75 for moose) will be subtracted from their refund check. Hunters who opted to buy a preference point will receive a letter in May listing their point total. If hunters think the preference point statement is incorrect, they should call the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.