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THE WYOMING ELK DRAW
By Sara DiRienzo

Elk populations throughout the cowboy state are booming. Hunting opportunities
match that ascending trend, as do the number of prospective hunters vying for a
license. Learning how to master the draw is the first step in pursuing one of the most
coveted species in the west.

T

he definitive expert
in the Wyoming
elk draw is Jennifer
Doering, Wyoming Game
and Fish Department
license section manager.
She's detailing the insJennifer Doering
and-outs of applying for
an elk license and answering some of the most
common questions from hunters.
Q: What types of elk licenses are offered
and what are the costs?
Jennifer Doering: Wyoming offers " fullprice " and " reduced-price " elk licenses. For
a full-price license, hunters typically apply
for a Type 1, 2, 9 (archery only) or general.
A full-price license usually allows a hunter
to take " any elk " - a bull, cow or calf. It
is important to review the specific license
limitations in the Wyoming Game and Fish
Department Hunt Planner. The cost for a
full-price license is $57 for residents, $692
for nonresidents. Nonresident hunters can
apply for the full-price license in the " special "
draw for $1,268 - a premium draw with
frequently better odds.
A reduced-price license is typically a type
6, 7, or 8, which are cow/calf licenses. That fee
is $43 for residents, $288 for nonresidents.
License fees are paid when submitting the
application. Fees are returned to the credit

card used to apply following the draw.
There are additional costs to consider in
addition to the license fees. Residents are
charged $5 per application submitted and
nonresident applications have a $15 fee. All
elk hunters are required to have a valid Wyoming Conservation Stamp for $12.50. Other
permits are required for early archery seasons
and hunts within areas with elk feedgrounds.
Other terms you will hear related to your
license are " limited-quota " and " general. "
An elk hunt area that offers limited-quota
licenses will have a finite number available
and limits hunting to that one, specific elk
hunt area. General elk licenses are available
in unlimited quantities for residents; they are
limited in number for nonresidents. However, with a general elk license, hunters are
able to hunt in all areas designated as general,
within each area's season dates and any other
limitations.
The majority of hunting and fishing
license fees are set by Wyoming state statute;
reduced-price and pioneer heritage license
fees are set by Game and Fish Commission
regulation. License fees are the main source
of funding for the Wyoming Game and Fish
Department.
Q: How many licenses do Wyoming residents get compared to nonresidents?
JD: The quota split for resident/nonresident

		

elk licenses is initially 84 percent/16 percent of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-approved quota. " Quota " means
the total number of limited quota licenses
available for the whole state. Commission
regulation also states that the nonresidents
elk license quota is 7,250 licenses. In the
simplest terms, nonresidents initially receive
16 percent of all limited-quota licenses; the
remaining of the 7,250 licenses are additional
" general " licenses.
The number of licenses available are
approved by the Commission each April.
The Commission hears from biologists who
make recommendations for license numbers based on their population estimates
and other data. These recommendations are
important because hunting is a tool to manage wildlife populations.
Following Commission approval, the
department will calculate the quota splits
for residents and nonresidents.
Residents and nonresidents are limited
to no more than a total of three elk licenses
within the calendar year. That can break
down in various combinations of licenses.
But, in the initial draw hunters are limited
to applying for one full-price license and
one reduced-price license. In the leftover
draw or first-come, first-served purchase, a
person can receive up to a total of three elk
licenses; only one can be full-price general,
type 1, 2, 9 or 0.
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