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Game and Fish now accepting preference point applications

A mule deer at the Spence and Moriarity Wildlife Management Area near Dubois. (Wyoming Game and Fish)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is accepting applications for preference points to be put toward the next big game draw, according to a Sept. 12 press release. 

Residents and nonresident hunters can build points for moose and bighorn sheep while nonresidents can acquire elk, deer and antelope points, per Game and Fish, which says applications must be submitted online through the department website. 

“Preference points can help increase odds of drawing some species and hunt areas,” Jennifer Doering, Game and Fish license section manager, said in a statement. “Drawing odds for all species and hunt areas are available on the Game and Fish website.”

Preference points must be purchased for two consecutive years if hunters wish to maintain their totals and avoid losing points, Game and Fish says. 

“Residents who were unsuccessful in their 2023 moose or bighorn sheep applications were automatically awarded a point,” per Game and Fish. “Only one point can be acquired per species annually.”

Preference point balance can be viewed online and totals for the 2024 hunt season will be updated in late November, according to Game and Fish.