Policy change: Game & Fish will lottery leftover hunting licenses Wildlife Elk Buckrail - Jackson Hole, news

Wyoming Game and Fish is changing the way they dole out leftover licenses. Previously, hunting licenses for elk, deer, and antelope remaining after the initial draw were sold on a first come, first served basis. These licenses will now be drawn randomly from entrants responding to the agency during the application period running at the end of June.

“This change to a leftover license process increase fairness by giving everyone who wants a leftover license a more equal opportunity,” said Jennifer Doering, WGFD license section manager. “It also is a proactive means to avoid any technical problems that get in the way of someone buying a license they want.”

The list of leftover licenses will be available on June 22 at 10 am on the Game and Fish website. The application period will be five days, June 26-30, 2017. Leftover draw results will be available on July 13 at 10 am.

The leftover draw has different rules than the initial draw. In the leftover draw, hunters should know:

  • There is no quota split. Resident and non-residents will be placed in the same draw pool.
  • Residents and non-residents can apply together in a party (up to 6 individuals) for licenses.
  • There are no application fees.
  • Preference points cannot be used, and an applicant will not lose preference points if he or she successfully draws a leftover license.
  • The leftover draw license availability is based on what is not allocated in the initial draw. The leftover draw does not have any influence on the initial draw.

All applications for leftover licenses must be submitted online. If you do not have access to a computer, kiosks are available at the Cheyenne Headquarters and at each regional office. Hunters who have questions about applications can call Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600 or visit their local regional office.