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Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Big Game Preference Points

 

The preference point system is designed to improve an applicantís odds of eventually drawing a license in a hard-to-draw hunt area. Preference points are utilized in conducting the resident and nonresident moose, resident and nonresident full price bighorn sheep, nonresident elk, nonresident deer and nonresident antelope drawings. Seventy-five percent (75%) of available licenses in each hunt area and license type will be allocated to the preference point drawing. Applicants with the highest preference point ranking will receive priority in the preference point draw. The remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of available licenses will be allocated in a random drawing regardless of preference points.† The random drawing is intended to provide everyone who applies a chance of drawing a license, regardless of their preference point total.

 

All applicants will participate in the preference point drawing even if they have no preference points. After the preference point drawing is completed, all unsuccessful applicants will then participate in the random drawing.

 

A youth applicant wanting to be awarded preference points must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting an application for a big game limited quota license and must be at least twelve (12) years old when in the field hunting.†

 

A youth applicant wanting to purchase preference points only must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting an application and must be at least twelve (12) years old by December 31 of that year.

 

Preference points are assigned to the personís sportsperson identification number and are tied to a species, but not to a specific hunt area.† You are allowed to apply for different hunt areas from one year to the next.†

 

Preference points shall not be restored when an applicant causes more than one customer record to be generated due to using a different last name, first name, date of birth or social security number.† Such circumstances cause preference points to be accumulated under different sportsperson identification numbers and ultimately deleted for failure to apply under the same sportsperson identification number.† Exceptions may be made for a name change because of marriage or divorce.

Preference points applied for, awarded or purchased during 2015 are not available for use in the 2015 limited quota drawings. Any preference points awarded in 2015 will be available for use in the 2016 limited quota drawings.

 

No person may apply for, or be awarded, more than one (1) preference point per species in the same calendar year.†

 

If you were awarded a preference point in the initial drawing period, you are not eligible to purchase a preference point during the preference point only application period.†

 

The online period for the purchase of a preference point only begins July 1. There is no application fee to purchase a preference point only.

 

Moose and Full Price Bighorn Sheep Preference Points (Residents and Nonresidents)

For moose and full price bighorn sheep, preference points can be accumulated either by submitting an application for the limited quota drawings or by purchasing a preference point during the preference point only period after all drawings for the year have been completed, beginning July 1.

 

All applicants who are unsuccessful drawing a moose or full price bighorn sheep license will automatically be awarded a preference point each year they participate in the limited quota drawing.†

 

Nonresidents will have the applicable moose ($75) and/or full price bighorn sheep ($100) preference point fees deducted from their license refund.† Residents will receive a full refund of their license fee.†

 

If you donít participate in the limited quota drawing for moose or full price bighorn sheep, you may purchase a preference point beginning July 1.† The resident fee to purchase a moose or bighorn sheep preference point is $7. The nonresident fee to purchase a moose preference point is $75 and the nonresident fee to purchase a bighorn sheep preference point is $100.

 

For moose and full price bighorn sheep, an applicant will lose all accumulated preference points if they draw a license or if they fail to be awarded a preference point within two (2) consecutive years by either participating in the limited quota drawing or purchasing a preference point during the appropriate application period.†

 

A successful applicant for moose or full price bighorn sheep must wait five (5) years before they will become eligible to participate in either the limited quota drawing or to purchase preference points for these species.

 

Full Price Elk, Deer and Antelope Preference Points (Nonresidents Only)

For nonresident full price elk, deer and antelope, preference points can be accumulated either by submitting the applicable fee when applying for the initial limited quota drawing for licenses or by purchasing a preference point after all drawings for the year have been completed, beginning July 1.†

 

If the nonresident applicant wants to accumulate preference points in the initial license drawing, they must select the fee option that includes the preference point fees for full price elk, deer and antelope licenses.† The preference point fees that must be remitted are $50 for elk, $40 for deer and $30 for antelope ($10 for youth for each species). These applicants will be awarded a preference point if unsuccessful in drawing their first choice.

 

For nonresident full price elk, full price deer and full price antelope, an individualís accumulated preference points are only considered in the limited quota drawing for the applicantís first choice in the preference point drawing.

 

If the applicant submits the appropriate preference point fee with their limited quota license application for the initial license drawing and does not draw their first choice, they will be awarded a preference point for the year in which the application was submitted. Drawing a license for your second or third choice does not cause preference points to be deleted and the applicant will still be awarded a preference point for the year.†

 

For nonresident full price elk, full price deer and full price antelope, an applicant will lose all accumulated preference points if they draw their first choice license in the initial limited quota drawing or if they fail to purchase a preference point in the initial drawing or during the appropriate application period for two (2) consecutive years.

For party applications, all of the applicantsí preference point totals will be averaged to determine the preference point ranking used in the preference point drawing.

 

There are no preference points for reduced price cow/calf or reduced price doe/fawn licenses.† Applicants for reduced price licenses do not lose their preference points if successful in the reduced price license drawing, nor do they accumulate preference points if they are unsuccessful drawing these license types.

 

If you select the preference point fee option when submitting your nonresident application for the limited quota drawing, the fee you must remit is as follows:†

 

 

REGULAR

SPECIAL

YOUTH

Full Price Elk

$641

$14†††† Application Fee

$577†† License Fee

$50†††† Preference Point Fee

$1,071

$14†††††† Application Fee

$1,007† License Fee

$50††††††† Preference Point Fee

$299

$14†††††† Application Fee

$275†† ††License Fee

$10†††††† Preference Point Fee

Full Price Deer

$366

$14†††† Application Fee

$312†† License Fee

$40†††† Preference Point Fee

$566

$14††††††† Application Fee

$512††††† License Fee

$40††††††† Preference Point Fee

$134

$14†††††† Application Fee

$110†††† License Fee

$10†††††† Preference Point Fee

Full Price Antelope

$316

$14†††† Application Fee

$272†† License Fee

$30†††† Preference Point Fee

$526

$14††††††† Application Fee

$482††††† License Fee

$30††††††† Preference Point Fee

$134

$14†††††† Application Fee

$110†††† License Fee

$10†††††† Preference Point Fee

 

 

Some suggestions when applying for licenses with the preference point option:† to maintain your preference points, do not apply for an easy-to-draw area as your first choice.† If you do and are successful, then all of your accumulated points will be deleted and the odds of drawing a license in a hard-to-draw area will be diminished for several years until you build up preference points again.† If you desire to hunt more often without sacrificing your preference points, continue to apply for your preferred (hard-to-draw) area as a first choice and apply for easy-to-draw areas as your second choice. By reviewing the random drawing odds from previous years, you can find hunt areas with good odds of drawing a license as a second and possibly a third choice. On the other hand, it is nearly certain you will draw a license in an area with 100% odds listed for the second choice drawing.† However, be advised that drawing odds can and do change from year to year as applicants shift their preferences for specific hunt areas. The prior yearís drawing odds are a useful indicator of relative odds, but provide no absolute guarantees.