Issue-After Elk, Deer and Antelope Licenses now on sale
by Wyoming Game & Fish
July 12, 2010
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 6 and include 3,885 elk; 6,053 deer and 10,552 antelope licenses. Reduced price licenses will be sold beginning July 20 and include 7,425 cow/calf elk; 13,040 doe/fawn deer and 20,791 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 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 had 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 of public lands 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. Some of the remaining elk licenses include areas with archery-only licenses and a few of the leftover licenses 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.