Starting this year, any person who is issued an any wild bison license, which would allow a license holder to harvest either a bull, cow or calf, and harvests a bull bison shall not be eligible 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/calf wild bison license the following year.
If a hunter harvests a female or calf wild bison on their any wild bison license they will be ineligible to apply for or receive a female/calf wild bison license in the immediately following five years, but they can apply for and receive an any wild bison license in the following year.
However, any person who harvests a female or calf wild bison on a female/calf wild bison license, shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an any wild bison license or a female/calf wild bison license in the immediately following five year period.
Also 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 $263.00 for a female/ calf wild bison license and $413.00 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. Applicants have until February 28 to get their wild bison applications submitted, as with moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Tentative draw results for wild bison licenses is May 9.
All 2014 hunting license applications are required to be submitted online via the Department’s website. Each Game and Fish regional office has a computer and personnel available to assist with the electronic license application process. Applicants are reminded to make sure they have correctly entered their mailing address in order to receive their license if successful, or refund if unsuccessful.
For many, receiving one of the highly coveted Wyoming big game hunting licenses is as thrilling as winning a lottery. With so much on the line, it is important for hunters to begin the application process early, so that any questions or mistakes can be addressed well before the application deadline arrives.