Cheyenne – May is certainly not the time when big game hunting
takes place in Wyoming, but it is the time when residents start
making plans for their fall hunting trips. The month of May is the
resident application period for limited quota elk, deer and
The application deadline is normally May 31, but since that
falls on a weekend this year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department
will accept applications received by 5 p.m. mountain time on June
1. The Game and Fish advises hunters that all applications must be
received in the Cheyenne office by the deadline date to be entered
in the drawing regardless of the postmark date.
To reduce the uncertainty of mailed applications getting in on
time, license draw coordinator Aaron Pelto encourages hunters to
use the online process for applying for licenses. “Online
applications do away with potential delays with mail services,”
In addition, accuracy is greatly improved with online
applications. Hunters who choose to apply by mail are advised to
get their applications in early to avoid possible delays. To apply
online, hunters need to go to the Game and Fish Web site . Online
applications are catching on with hunters. Currently, more than 60
percent of the applications are coming in online.
“Online applications can be processed faster and require less
manpower,” Pelto said. “Not only does this represent a significant
cost saving for the Game and Fish, it also expedites the timing of
In addition, a hunter who may have applied for an area and then
changed his mind on his area selection can go into the Game and
Fish Web site and modify the application online until June 12.
Pelto said that all applications, whether paper or online, must
be received by the deadline date to be valid.
Hunters should be aware that some areas have quota and season
changes from previous years. Big game summary maps for elk, deer
and antelope, listing seasons and quotas for 2009, are now
available at Game and Fish offices and license selling agents.