2021 Wyoming Hunting License Applications Open: Here’s How to Get Yours

by Will Shepard

The new year is in full swing, and in particular, starting today (Jan. 4) you can apply for 2021 hunting tags. Wyoming hunting license applications are open.

Residents and nonresidents can now apply for all animal tags. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is accepting hunting license applications for the entire 2021 season. Those tags include elk, deer, antelope, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and spring turkey.

However, those who are trying to get those tags need to do so in a timely manner. The first application deadline is February 1 for nonresidents applying for elk. Additionally, both the resident and non-resident Wyoming hunting license applications for spring turkey deadline is February 1.

Wyoming Hunting Application Deadlines

However, the deadline is not the only thing to keep in mind for this Wyoming hunting season. Nonresidents who apply for a moose or bighorn sheep tag that doesn’t get a tag in the draw system can try again.

For a nonresident to qualify for a 2021 draw for those two species, you must choose to opt-in while completing your application. If nonresidents of Wyoming don’t choose to opt-in, their only hunting option is a small window in July.

For animals such as Mule Deer, White-tail Deer, and several bird species, the odds of drawing those tags are higher. For non-residents, there are a lot of tags available, and even more, if you’re a resident of Wyoming.

Regardless of the lottery, the season draft odds and preference hunting spots likely won’t be available until May. However, the data from 2020 and previous years are available on the WGFD site. So, you can use that data to gauge this season’s draft odds and estimate the number of licenses that will be handed out.

WGFD also has a “Hunt Planner” on their website. This helps prospective hunters estimate the Wyoming hunting seasons. Additionally, there is also a voluntary donation you can give during the application process. The donation goes to support Wildlife Crossing, which is a fund to help vehicle collisions with animals.

[H/T Go Hunt]