By Lars Dalseide | February 26 2014 14:29

From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - February 28 is Deadline to Apply for Bighorn Sheep, Bison, Moose and Mountain Goat

The National Bison Range, image courtesy of USFW Cheyenne, Wyoming - Hunters who are interested in getting their application in for moose, bighorn sheep, wild bison and mountain goat are reminded that the deadline to apply is February 28.

Beginning this year all applications must be submitted online. And the system will not take applications that are submitted after 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

Bison hunters are reminded that starting this year, applicants are required to submit the full license fee at the time of application , as is required for all other species. The license fees for a Wyoming resident are $263 for a female/calf wild bison license and $413 for the any wild bison license. The nonresident license fees are $1,022 for a female/calf wild bison license and $2,522 for an any wild bison license.

Hunters can only apply online through the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov. The paper application process has been phased out as the online application process has proven to be much more efficient and accurate and is easier for hunters to ensure their applications are received in advance of the deadline date. It has contributed to a substantial cost savings over the old process.

Drawing odds vary depending on species and hunt area. Preference points have been available for both moose and bighorn sheep for 18 years and 75 percent of the quotas for each species are issued in the preference point drawing. The remaining 25 percent is issued in a random drawing without regard for preference point totals. Preference points are not available for mountain goat licenses, but goat licenses are limited to one in a lifetime.

Hunters can research drawing odds from previous years for the various species and hunt areas on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov. Hunters who choose not to apply this year can still purchase a preference point online from July 1 – September 30.

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