Issue-After Elk, Deer and Antelope Licenses on sale
by Wyoming Game & Fish
July 8, 2009
Hunters who missed the application periods to get into the drawings for elk, deer and antelope licenses could still have an opportunity to hunt this fall by picking up licenses that were undersubscribed in the initial drawings.
Issue-after full-price licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning July 7, and include 4,148 elk; 7,066 deer and 11,573 antelope licenses. Reduced price licenses will be sold beginning July 21, and include 5,711 cow/calf elk; 14,746 doe/fawn deer and 21,743 doe/fawn antelope. Licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents.
Hunters have the option of purchasing the 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 Web site 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.
Access in areas with remaining licenses is a mixture of public and private lands. Some areas have large amounts on national forests while others are predominantly private. The majority of remaining antelope licenses is for hunt areas where public access is limited. Many of the deer licenses are also for private land areas, but several of the nonresident regions with issue-after licenses have large amounts of public land access. Many of the elk licenses are for hunt areas within national forest lands and most of the remaining licenses are for antlerless elk only. However, remaining elk licenses also include some areas with archery only licenses and a handful of licenses that allow the taking of either antlered or antlerless elk.
A number of the areas with remaining licenses also have public access provided through the Game and Fish Walk-In Area and Hunter Management programs. Hunters are urged to research 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.