Now that the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has adopted their yearly proposed hunting regulations, Wyomingites looking to hunt critters this fall can confidently wade into the tag application process. The tag applications do not close until May 31, 2020, however, there’s no harm in applying early for fall hunts. Except maybe any anxiousness and anticipation from waiting for the June 18 results date, but that’s hard to avoid anyway.
Here are key tips to make your resident application process go more smoothly this spring, plus it may result in a couple more pocketed tags.
Understand Tag Types
When it comes to understanding regulations it’s easy to get confused between the 10 different types of licenses, plus general tag opportunities available for residents. For instance, there are different tag application pages for a type-4 cow/calf elk tag and type-6 cow/calf elk tag. Type-9 tags are archery season only, while type-1 and type-2 tags usually have a special archery season you will need to purchase an archery license to participate in.
Additionally, different tag types offer reduced-priced tags. Those reduced-priced tags are generally to encourage more harvest in those areas specifically to address either landowner damage or over-abundance of critters on the landscape. They can be excellent opportunities to fill the freezer for the family, but someone should understand the boundaries and season dates before applying to ensure there are areas to hunt and be successful.
Pick Tags Prior to Applying
It can be difficult to combine information from the WGFD website on regulations, draw odds, and the hunts you want to go on all while you are logged into the application process. If you are trying to make the most out of your tag applications, it will cut down the time it takes to apply if you pick out hunts and write them down on an available piece of paper before diving into the process.
If you are a parent who is applying with your spouse and/or for multiple youth hunters, it can turn into a major time commitment but it will pay off when you get into the application process. Every time you stop using the system for 20-minutes or more, you have to re-login to your applications. When applying, I had all of my hunts chosen (minus a doe/fawn tag here or there) and I’m familiar with the system. The process took me 15-minutes for 8 tag applications.
Gather Key Pieces of Information
One of the most frustrating things is sitting down to a computer, eager to apply for your dream hunt, only to find out you have no idea what your sportsperson ID number is. Better yet, you probably can’t remember if your licenses from last year ended up in a mystery jacket pocket or chicken broth. Be sure to look for and have your sportsperson ID handy – that’s the very first part of logging into your tag applications online.
While you’re at it, be sure to have your Wyoming Driver’s License Number or Wyoming State ID number handy for the resident verification page. It is possible to not be considered a resident for Wyoming tags while holding a Wyoming driver’s license. Check the regulations first to ensure you qualify for residency.
If you are a new applicant to Wyoming tags and/or are creating a sportsperson ID, you may also have to provide your Hunter Safety information, so it’s also good to have that with you just in case.
The Wyoming Game and Fish stresses if you have an issue getting logged in and you are sure you have purchased licenses in the past, do not create a new customer login. Call customer service at 307-777-4600 for further assistance.
While many of us are quarantined inside daydreaming about fall hunts, diving into tag applications is a great way to geek out about the incredible hunting opportunities available for Wyoming residents. Not to mention, these tags are vital in the management of wildlife through our North American model of conservation. Hopefully, these quick tips will help make your tag applications go more smoothly this year and give you more hunting opportunities next fall.
To get started with your applications, click here.
Communication Director, Jaden Bales, is fondly referred to as the staff “tag geek” with Wyoming Wildlife Federation. If you have any questions about tag types in Wyoming, read his new article called, Untangling Wyoming Tag Types.