Deadline approaches to purchase preference points
For big game hunting licenses
by Wyoming Game & Fish
September 15, 2014
Hunters looking to improve their drawing odds in hard to get areas for some big game licenses are reminded that the deadline to purchase preference points is September 30. Wyoming has a special application period from July 1 to Sept. 30 when hunters can purchase preference points.
Preference points are available for moose and bighorn sheep and for nonresident elk, deer, and antelope. Wyoming law requires hunters to apply for a license involving preference points or to purchase preference points at least every other year to maintain their point totals. If a hunter fails to apply for a license with preference points, purchase a preference point, or to apply for a license with the preference point option for two consecutive years, all accumulated preference points for that species will be deleted.
Applications for preference points are accepted online. Printed forms for purchasing points through the mail are no longer available. As with any Game and Fish deadline, applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. Hunters who wait until after 5 p.m. on September 30 will find the system will no longer accept applications. Preference points can be purchased online by accessing the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov. Hunters should make sure they are applying using their correct sportsperson identification number. Hunters unsure of their number can check with the Game and Fish at 307-777-4600 to verify the accuracy of their sportsperson identification number.
Preference points are updated after each year’s deadline. Hunters can check their preference point balances on the Game and Fish website after mid-November.