CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the number of applications submitted by Wyoming hunters for big game licenses is up, and more are being submitted electronically.

The department said Monday it has received 97,324 applications from Wyoming elk, deer and antelope hunters, up about 2.7 percent from 94,736 applications in 2012.

The department plans to accept only electronic applications next year, instead of ones printed on paper.

Of the applications submitted this year, 6,505 were submitted on paper forms. Last year 17,712 hunters sent in paper applications.