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Leftover Elk Deer And Antelope Licenses Still Available

US Fish And Wildlife

Hunters who missed the application periods to get into the drawings for elk, deer and antelope licenses could still have an opportunity to hunt this fall by picking up licenses that were undersubscribed in the initial drawings.

Leftover full-price licenses are now being sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and recent counts of available licenses show that 771 elk, 461 deer and 3,353 antelope licenses are still remaining. Reduced price licenses are also available for a number of areas and include 6,100 cow/calf elk, 2,538 doe/fawn deer and 3,097 doe/fawn antelope. Licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents. Licenses are being sold via the Game and Fish website at The website also has a listing of areas where licenses are remaining as well as instructions for applying for licenses online.

Access in a few areas with remaining licenses is a mixture of public and private lands. Some elk areas have a fair amount of national forest lands while others are predominantly private. The majority of remaining antelope and deer licenses are for hunt areas where public access is limited. Some of the full-price elk licenses are for hunt areas within national forest lands and most of the remaining licenses are for antlerless elk only. However, remaining elk licenses also include a few areas with archery only licenses and a handful of licenses that allow the taking of either antlered or antlerless elk.

Some areas have limited access provided through the Game and Fish Walk-In Area and Hunter Management programs. Hunters are urged to research areas with leftover licenses, and where necessary, obtain permission to hunt from landowners before applying.

Hunters who have questions on hunt areas and applying for licenses can contact the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.

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