OPINION: Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Bison Draw Results Available

OPINION: Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Bison Draw Results Available

 

WYOMING — The draw results for Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Bison are now available. Click on this link and enter your information to see if you drew out.

Wyoming statute provides that any successful moose applicant must wait five years to next apply for or receive another moose license. For example, a moose applicant successful in 2011 would not be eligible to apply for or receive another moose license until 2016, nor would the applicant be eligible to purchase a moose preference point during this same five-year period (until 2016).

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The same five-year waiting period applies to any successful full price bighorn sheep applicant. Seventy-five percent of Wyoming bighorn sheep hunting licenses must be issued to residents and 25% to nonresidents. Traditionally, these licenses have been issued in multiples of four (4) (3 residents: 1 nonresident) for each hunt area. There are several full price bighorn sheep hunt areas with populations too small to sustain at least four (4) total full price bighorn sheep hunting licenses. In order to provide additional hunting opportunity while complying with statutory provisions, for 2016 there are several bighorn sheep hunt areas that offer either one (1) or two (2) total hunting licenses. Applicants should recognize that these license allocations are dynamic and will change each year to meet the statutory requirement.

A mountain goat license is a once-in-a-lifetime license. If you drew a mountain goat license after 1995, you may not apply again.

In 2013, Wyoming Statute §23-2-107 was amended so that any person who is issued an “any wild bison” license (Type 1) and harvests a bull wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an “any wild bison” license in any future year, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive a “female or calf wild bison” license in the immediately following season. In addition, any person who is issued an “any wild bison” license and harvests a female or calf wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive a “female or calf wild bison” license in the immediately following five years, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive an “any wild bison” license in the immediately following season. Any person who is issued a “female or calf wild bison” license (Type 4) and harvests a female or calf wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an “any wild bison” license or a “female or calf wild bison” license in the immediately following five years.

Applicants successful in drawing a wild bison license can apply for a permit to hunt the National Elk Refuge. The application process for National Elk Refuge hunting permits is conducted in cooperation with the National Elk Refuge prior to the start of the hunting season. Applications are available through the Department’s website, Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program. Alternate permits will also be available during each hunt period through the Department’s website.