Elk NetworkBig Game Hunters Set Crosshairs on Wyoming

General | July 15, 2017

More and more hunters are heading to Wyoming in their quest to fill the freezer. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) again received “higher than anticipated application numbers” earlier this year.

“Game and Fish is glad for the interest hunters show in Wyoming,” said Scott Talbott, Game and Fish’s director. “We work hard to provide great hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the state. We were able to offer more licenses for deer and antelope for 2017 and are happy there is such strong interest in big game.”

The May draw allocates licenses for resident elk as well as non-resident and resident deer and antelope. From just one year ago, there was a 4.47 percent increase in these license applications overall. Applications increased the most for resident cow/calf elk and non-resident and resident doe/fawn deer and antelope, all around 9 percent.

Any licenses that weren’t allocated in the initial draw were available for hunters in a leftover draw. That draw closed on June 30.

There are still licenses available for resident Wyoming hunters. Wyoming residents have the opportunity to buy a general elk and deer license over-the-counter; license limits still apply.

(Photo source: John Dodson)