Hunting Application Numbers Continue to Rise in the Cowboy State

Written by on July 23, 2019

Wyoming is one of the best locations in the country for highly-sought big game, and each year the number of hunting applications the Wyoming Game and Fish Department receives increases. The May 2019 application deadline was no different, with higher application numbers for all licenses and types.
The May draw allocates licenses for resident elk and nonresident and resident deer and antelope. Applications for overall licenses increased 5.5 percent from last year and 12.8 percent from three years ago. The most increases for applications were for doe/fawn deer and antelope with 11.2 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively.
Any licenses that weren’t allocated in the initial draw were available for hunters in a leftover draw, which closed June 28. In 2017, Game and Fish changed the leftover license allocation process from a first-come, first-serve system to a second, random draw.
There are still leftover big game licenses available for resident and nonresident hunters on a first-come-first-serve basis; residents also can buy over-the-counter general elk and deer licenses. License limits still apply.


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