How to Get A Wyoming Commissioner License For Big Game Hunting


Published: March - 2009

It's that time of year when charities throughout Wyoming begin to sell raffle tickets or take bids for Commissioner Complimentary Licenses for big game hunting. If you've been trying to draw for a limited-entry license for elk, deer or antelope in this state, you may want to check out some of these upcoming opportunities. Just be prepared to pay much more in an auction than you would for a license through the draw.

The licenses we're talking about are those that the State of Wyoming issues to the commissioners of its Fish and Game Commission each year. The commissioners then give the licenses to various nonprofit charitable organizations to auction or raffle at a fundraising event. The licenses are valid for a specific region or hunt area chosen by the license holder. Winners can choose to hunt anywhere in the state with the exceptions of elk areas 75 and 79. They must also stay within the season dates for the species they select. Anyone who acquires one of these licenses is also exempt from the provisions limiting the number of licenses an individual can possess in any one calendar year. That means, you could purchase or win one of these Commissioner Complimentary Licenses, get drawn for a license in the drawing and keep both licenses!

Scores of these special Wyoming Commissioner Complimentary Licenses are available through various nonprofit organizations right now. We have posted a list of them on The Hunting Report website (www. huntingreport.com) under Website Uploads. Look for "Wyoming Commissioner Licenses." There are more than 30 charities listed; some receive multiple licenses. Although the deadlines on many of these opportunities are coming up fast, others won't be up until as late as April. Check the list now to take advantage of as many chances as possible. If you do not have Internet access, call us at 305-670-1361, and we will fax the list to you.

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