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Hunting in Wyoming: 4 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

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Wyoming has a diverse ecosystem, making the state a hunter's paradise. Game can vary from deer, mountain goats, and elk to bears, bison, and moose. However, with so much from which to choose, and many different hunting seasons and areas, there are also a variety of regulations for those hunting in Wyoming.

Here are four things to know before applying for an adult hunting permit in Wyoming.

1. Plan Specifically Where and What to Hunt
Wyoming has so many different species that can be hunted, that there are various seasons for specific animals and only certain areas that can be hunted. Those areas – and even the time frames – can change from year to year.

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department website allows online applications from residents and non-residents. But the cutoff for applying is different from species to species. In 2015, for example, the license application deadline for some game closed at the end of February. For others, such as nonresident applications for deer and antelope, the deadline was at the end of May.

2. Nonresident Costs Substantially Higher
A 2015 bighorn sheep license for a resident, for example, runs $117, not counting the $5 resident application fee. A non-resident will pay $2,252, not including the $14 non-resident application fee. To apply for a resident license, a person must have lived in Wyoming for at least one full year before making an application for license. Active duty armed forces members and their families must have been in the state 90 days prior to the application and still must be stationed in Wyoming. A resident must also not have left the state for a total of 180 days of the previous year.

3. Private Land Rules
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has what it terms a walk-in area (WIA), which the department leases for hunters. The department also has the Hunter-Landowner Assistance Program, which allows owners to open their lands to some hunters. This program gives the landowner the ability to pick and choose how many hunters they want on their land at a given time. The department lists the landowners on its website and allows hunters to make contact if they are interested in hunting in a specific area. Additional fees can be charged by landowners in this situation.

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4. Preference Point System
According to the Wyoming Game and Fish website, the preference point system is in place to give an applicant a chance to hunt in a hard-to-draw area. The state applies the preference point system to moose, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, and antelope.

Preference points also can be purchased, with residents paying less than non-residents. The prices vary depending on the type of game. Preference points also can expire in a few cases, including if a hunter has gained a license to hunt that particular species.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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