Wyoming Leftover Big Game Licenses Available

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Online sales of issue-after full price elk, deer and antelope licenses remaining after the initial drawing has gone very smoothly this year according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Chief fiscal officer Rich Reynders said that 3,617 big game licenses were sold on July 6 and a total of 2,813 licenses have been sold since that time.

This is the second year that hunters have had the option of purchasing licenses online from their home computers or from license agents on the automated license system. Prior to that time, leftover licenses were issued in a second drawing and the remainder on a first-come, first-serve basis. License quotas in many hunt areas have already been filled, but there are still thousands of licenses remaining.

The next major license purchase date is July 20 when reduced price licenses for cow/calf elk, and doe/fawn deer and antelope will be sold. Licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents. As with full-price licenses, hunters have the option of purchasing reduced price licenses via their home computers, from Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional offices or by going to license agents that are on the automated computer system. A listing of agents on the automated system can be found on the Game and Fish website http://gf.state.wy.us The website also has a listing of areas where licenses are remaining as well as instructions for applying for licenses online.

Selling issue-after licenses online and through automated license agents replaces the leftover drawing for issuing licenses that has been in place for many years. Licenses will continue to be sold in each hunt area until quotas are reached.

Access in areas with remaining licenses is a mixture of public and private lands. Some areas have large amounts of national forest, Bureau of Land Management lands or access through the Game and Fish Walk-In Area program while others are predominantly private. Hunters are urged to research access in areas with leftover licenses, and where necessary, obtain permission to hunt from landowners before applying.

Hunters who have questions on hunt areas and applying for licenses can contact the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.