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Q: How does the limited-quota elk draw
work?
JD: The Wyoming elk draw is admittedly
very complicated and has numerous steps.
The elk draw is different from other big game
license draws because the nonresident draw
is conducted first.
It starts when applications open in January. The deadline for residents is the end of
May; for nonresidents it is the end of January,
and nonresidents can modify or withdraw
their applications until the beginning of May.
In the initial draw (1), nonresidents
apply for 16 percent of the elk license quota
through two draws (2): the special and the
regular. The nonresident quota is divided 40
percent to the special draw and 60 percent for
the regular draw. Each of these draws includes
a preference point and random draw with 75
percent of licenses reserved for the preference
point and 25 percent for the random draw.
Note: This draw process is conducted for
each hunt area for all hunters' first-choice
applications. Anything that remains could be
allocated to a hunter's second or third choice
in the random draws. Only after first, second
and third choice draws are conducted do the
quotas roll over. For nonresidents, preference
points only apply to first choices.
The nonresident landowner draw (3)
Nonresident landowner licenses are allocated first. The licenses for landowners come
out of the nonresident quota. The remaining
quota balance moves to the next step of the
nonresident draw (4).
The nonresident special draw (5)
The special draw, which allocates 40
percent of the remaining nonresident elk
licenses, is conducted next. This draw is for
a higher-priced license with sometimes better
drawing odds. During the nonresident special draw, 75 percent are allocated through
the special preference point draw and 25
percent through the special random draw.
The special preference point draw is run
first. If there aren't enough applications to
fulfill the quota, remaining licenses are rolled
over to the regular draw quota. The special
random draw is next. Everyone goes through
the random draw as long as they weren't
successful in the first step. Any licenses left
over from the special random draw are rolled
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An archery hunt intensifies as hunters Josh Leonard, left, and Luke Weddle close in on a bull. (Photo by Chris Martin/WGFD)

over to the regular draw (7), adding to the
60 percent quota (8).
The nonresident regular draw (6)
Next, the regular draw quota is divided
75 percent for preference points and 25
percent for the random draw. Just as in the
special draw, the preference point draw is
first and then the random draw. Any quota
remaining from those draws is available
to applicants who didn't get a license in
the special preference point draw; there's
a chance there could be undersubscribed
licenses in the regular quota (8-11).
At this point Game and Fish calculates
the number of licenses remaining from the
7,250 nonresident elk licenses allocated by
Commission regulation. This determines the
number of additional general licenses needed
to be added to the nonresident quota. Special
general applicants have the first chance at
these licenses and anything remaining is
available to regular general applicants.
Everyone who applies for a full-price
license goes through the preference point
draw, regardless if he or she has preference
points.
Resident quota calculated (12)
After the nonresident draw, the resident
quota is calculated. Residents have 84 percent
of the quota, plus any licenses leftover from
the nonresident draw.
The resident landowner draw (13)
Like in the nonresident draw, landowner
licenses for residents are allocated first.

Resident draw (14)
The resident draw follows the landowner
draw. It is random, and conducted in June.
Leftover draws (15-17)
Any licenses remaining after the resident
draw are available in the leftover draw. The
reliability of leftover licenses changes each
year because they are exactly that - what is
left over after the initial draws. The leftover
draw is random and open to residents and
nonresidents equally. Licenses available following the leftover draw are sold first-come,
first-served. Leftover licenses are typically for
private lands with difficult access, so hunters
should arrange permission to hunt prior to
purchasing.
Resident general licenses
Beginning in mid-July, Wyoming residents
can purchase a general elk license over the
counter as long as they don't already hold a
full-price license. There is no limit on how
many general resident licenses Game and Fish
sells. That's a great benefit to being a resident
hunter; a general license is always available.
Nonresident hunters are required to apply for
general licenses, and those licenses are limited.
Reduced-price draws
For reduced-price cow/calf licenses, the
quota split works the same with 84 percent
to residents and 16 percent to nonresidents.
For residents and nonresidents, there aren't
preference points for reduced-price licenses
or a special draw. They are allocated through
a random draw in each respective quota.



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