CHEYENNE — The discontinuation of printed application booklets and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s transition to a paperless application process didn’t negatively affect the number of hunters applying for Wyoming big game licenses in 2013.
For resident elk and resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses, applications were up several thousand from the previous year in spite of the fact that no application booklets were printed in 2013.
Game and Fish received 97,324 applications from resident elk, deer and antelope hunters compared with 94,736 applications in 2012. In 2013, only 6,505 of the applications were submitted on paper forms. Last year 17,712 hunters sent in paper applications.
“Not only are hunters embracing the online application process as is evidenced by the increase in total applications,” said License Draw Coordinator Millissa Raner, “But the fact that the vast majority of hunters are applying online allows us to process applications quicker and speed up the drawings.”
Drawings were conducted June 18, about a week ahead of schedule. Beginning in 2014, paper applications will be eliminated and Game and Fish will accept electronic applications only.
(Contact: Al Langston, 307-777-4540)