Wyoming Initiates Super Tag Hunting License Raffles
Hunters come to Wyoming for the diversity of game species, abundant public lands and the chance at harvesting a trophy animal. Wyoming has among the highest harvest success rates for hunters. In 2013, nonresident hunter success rates were: deer, 73 percent; antelope, 93 percent; elk, 50 percent; moose, 93 percent; and bighorn sheep, 95 percent. However, obtaining a license for some of the most sought-after species or hunting areas can be difficult. Starting this year, hunters have the opportunity to enter the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Super Tag and Super Tag Trifecta hunting license raffles. By allowing winners to not only choose a species, but also the area they would like to hunt, the raffles provide the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (The winner of the moose super tag will be able to select any moose hunting area with more than 10 licenses available; for bighorn sheep, eight.) For the Super Tag raffle, there will be one drawing for a hunting license for each of the following species: Bighorn sheep Shiras moose Mountain goat Wild bison Elk Deer Antelope Black bear Gray wolf Mountain lion The Super Tag Trifecta offers hunters the opportunity for additional adventure. This drawing is similar to the Super Tag, except there is only one winner and the successful applicant can select licenses for three of the 10 species in the Super Tag raffles. Winners will be able to retain any preference points they may have accumulated. In addition, both the five-year waiting period for moose and sheep and the once-in-a-lifetime restrictions on bison and mountain goat licenses will be waived. Tickets are $10 each for the Super Tag and $30 for the Super Tag Trifecta. The raffles are open to Wyoming residents and nonresidents. Hunters can purchase as many raffle tickets as they wish. Tickets can be purchased January 2 through July 1 at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website (http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/NEWS-1001797.aspx). Winners will be notified by July 15 and will be responsible for buying any applicable licenses and/or stamps before hunting.