Leftover draw offers second chance at a hunting license

The Wyoming Game and Fish have announced that there’s one more chance to get a limited-quota elk, deer and antelope license through the department’s leftover license draw. Residents and nonresidents have just five days to enter. The application period is already open beginning June 20, and running through June 24. 

The leftover draw has different rules than the initial draw:

  • There is no quota split. Residents and nonresidents all draw from the same quota.
  • Residents and nonresidents can apply together in a party (up to six hunters) for licenses.
  • There are no application fees.
  • Preference points cannot be used, and an applicant will not lose preference points if a  leftover license is drawn.
  • License availability is based on what is not allocated in the initial draw. The leftover draw does not have any influence on the initial draw.

According to Game and Fish, availability of leftover licenses changes from year to year for all species. 

“Availability changes each year based on what hunters applied for and received in the initial draw. Sometimes there are a lot of licenses, sometimes there are not very many,” Game and Fish License Section Manager Jennifer Doering said. “The licenses in this second draw are exactly what they seem — what is leftover after the first resident and nonresident draws.”

All of the applications for leftover licenses must be submitted online. Those without computer access can apply at kiosks at Game and Fish headquarters or regional offices. Hunters with questions about the leftover draw or how to apply can call Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600 or visit a regional office.

The Sheridan Regional Office is located at 700 Valley View Dr, Sheridan and can be contacted at 307-672-7418.

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