Sheridan –Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel receive numerous phone calls each year from hunters asking a similar question. That question centers around the difference between general and limited quota licenses for trophy and big game. The difference between these terms is this; a general license is a license that is valid in any hunt area in which licenses have not been totally limited in number, while a limited quota license is a license that is valid in a specific hunt area or hunt areas and is limited in number. Limited quota licenses have further restrictions that are indicated by a license type.
So then, what is a license type? The answer is, “Type means a limitation on a license in a particular hunt area for the sex of animal, the species of animal, the length of the season, the type of weapon, or a portion of the hunt area in which the license shall be valid.”
When a license type is specified in the hunting regulations a number from 0 to 9 is used to identify the limitations on that license. Below is a list of License Type numbers and what that number means:
Type 1 = antlered or any
Type 2 = antlered or any
Type 3 = antlered or any white-tailed deer (and could be used as another antlered or any for elk or antelope)
Type 4 = Full priced antlerless
Type 5 = Full priced antlerless
Type 6 = Reduced price doe/fawn and cow/calf
Type 7 = Reduced price doe/fawn and cow/calf
Type 8 = Reduced price doe/fawn white-tailed deer (and could be used as another reduced price license for elk and antelope)
Type 9 = Archery only
Type 0 = Other specialty weapon (for example muzzleloader)
Notice that some licenses are considered “antlerless” and some “doe/fawn” or “cow/calf”. The difference here is the price of the license and how many of that type of license a hunter can legally receive for each species for each hunting season. An “antlerless” license is a full price license and a “doe/fawn” or “cow/calf” license is a reduced price license. A hunter can legally receive one or more full price license, depending on the species. In addition to the full price license a hunter can have one or more reduced price licenses per species. Hunters do not have to purchase a full price license for a species prior to purchasing reduced price licenses.
One situation that Sheridan Regional Game Wardens encounter is hunters purchasing a Type 8 deer license for a hunt area and then harvesting a mule deer doe or fawn. A Type 8 deer license is only valid for white-tailed does or fawns. Another situation game wardens come across in the Sheridan Region is deer hunters harvesting a doe or fawn on public lands with Type 6 licenses in deer Hunt Areas 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, and 33 where a Type 6 deer license is valid only on private lands.
Hunters are encouraged to become familiar with the Wyoming Hunting Regulations for each species they are going to hunt and then obtain the license and type that will reflect where and what they are going to hunt. Regulations for all big game species as well as other species hunters may want to pursue are available at the Sheridan Regional Game and Fish office and all License Selling Agents as well as on the Game and Fish website at http://wgfd.wyo.gov
If, after going over the hunting regulations, hunters still have questions they should contact their local game warden or call the Sheridan Regional office at 307-672-7418 or, if calling from within Wyoming, 1-800-331-9834.