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How to purchase Wyoming preference points

Purchasing Wyoming hunting preference points

Don't miss out on a chance to grab Wyoming preference points! This is the last month to pick up your preference points.

You can purchase preference points in Wyoming from July 1 through October 31. Purchasing these points will help you in the following years' draw. A nonresident can pick up points for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, and moose. Residents can only pick up points for moose and bighorn sheep.

There is no point system for mountain goat or bison.

PURCHASE WYOMING POINTS HERE

IMPORTANT: Change to Wyoming preference point in 2019

For deer, elk, and antelope you will not automatically receive a preference point if you are unsuccessful in the draw. If you are unsuccessful in the draw you will need to log into your account from July 1 to Oct 31 and purchase a preference point.

Wyoming's point only fees

Below are the fees for purchasing preference points. There are no prerequisites to purchase the points.

Resident & Nonresident Preference Point Fees

Species Resident Nonresident
Deer NA $41
Elk NA $52
Antelope NA $31
Moose $7 $150
Bighorn sheep $7 $150

 

Nonresident Youth Preference Point Fees

Species Nonresident
Youth Deer $10
Youth Elk $10
Youth Antelope $10

How to purchase preference points in Wyoming

You can purchase preference points through the button below:

PURCHASE WYOMING POINTS HERE

Step 1

Navigate to Wyoming Fish and Game's website. Then click on "Apply or Buy."

Wyoming game and fish homepage to buy preference points

Step 2

On the left side under "Apply for a License", you will want to click on the lower-left button. If you use the "Purchase a License or Stamp" section, you will not be able to purchase a preference point.

Apply for licenses section in Wyoming for preference points

Step 3

Click "ACCEPT" on this page.

Wyoming game and fish hunting authorization

Step 4

If you know your Sportsperson ID, enter it in here and then fill out your birth date and click "Continue." If you don't know your Sportsperson ID, then click on "Forgot ID."

Wyoming game and fish sportsperson ID page

Step 5

If you clicked on Forgot ID, you will be taken to this page. Fill out all of the top boxes, and one of the ID Boxes and then click "Continue."

Wyoming game and fish forgot sportsperson ID login page

Once you click "Continue" you'll have to once again confirm the last four digits of your social security number.

Shop article bar

Step 6

Now you'll be given a chance to review and/or update your personal information.

Step 7

This next area is when you can select which species you want to purchase preference points for. If the "Apply" section is greyed out in the preference point area, you have either already bought the point or are ineligible to purchase that point. You'll click on "Apply."

Selecting what preference point to buy in Wyoming

Step 8

After clicking Apply, you'll be taken to the screen that shows you the price of the preference point. Click "Continue."

Showing price of nonresident deer preference point

Then you will be asked if you want to add an AccessYES Donation or add a Search and Rescue Donation. Click either "Continue" or "Continue without donation."

Wyoming access yes and search rescue donation

Step 9

Now it will allow you to review the information you entered on the previous two pages. Click "Add to Shopping Cart."

Reviewing nonresident Wyoming preference point purchase

Step 10

This page will show you all the items that are currently in your shopping cart. You can either click "Checkout Now" or "Add Application" if you want to purchase preference points for other species.

Preference points added to cart

Step 11

Click "Checkout Now" if you are finished. You will be taken to the Super Tag page. You can either purchase raffle tickets here, or just click "Continue with Checkout."

Wyoming Super Tag purchase

Step 12

Then after that, you will need to click continue to access their credit card area.

Entering credit card page

Step 13

Finally, you will enter all your information and credit card information.

Purchase page for Wyoming preference points


In conclusion

If you want a refresher, be sure to check out the application strategy articles, Draw Odds and Filtering 2.0 links below:

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SETH D. - posted 3 days ago on 10-14-2019 06:13:21 pm
Sunny New Mexico
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Here is a great article from Brady, from a few years ago. Still valid.
https://www.gohunt.com/read/skills/point-creep-what-is-it-can-you-overco...

SETH D. - posted 6 days ago on 10-11-2019 06:12:06 pm
Sunny New Mexico
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@ Bendix, it currently takes 18-22 tags to draw a tag, with 1 point worth of point creep per year. There is no way you will draw a tag through the preference point draw unless you live to be 120 or so.

You can buy raffle tickets from every state that has raffles for about $150. It is a better bet.

You can also buy wild sheep fully guided raffle tickets from the Grand Slam Club, Wild Sheep Foundation, Sportsmans Sweepstakes and Hunting Fool. These are for their own non-state sponsored guided hunts. In most cases they are hunts in the Yukon, NWT or BC for Dalls or Stones. There are some smaller raffles, but beyond the states ones these are the better ones.

SETH D. - posted 6 days ago on 10-11-2019 06:05:46 pm
Sunny New Mexico
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Zachariah,

Kind of. Sheep and Moose points are both non-resident and resident points. Residents don't have or need points for any species beyond sheep and moose. You have to be a resident to apply for resident tags during the application period. So if you plan to hunt in 2020, and you will not be a resident for the resident hunt application period you must apply as a non-resident.

If you got there after the start of the season, and you know you will not be a resident during the season it makes since to buy a point so you can draw a OTC elk tag.

You most likely can not draw an OTC elk tag without a point.

Is that clear as mud?

If you moved in August (I am guessing, like you said Just), you can buy an OTC tag for elk, deer and black bear for the fall 2020 hunting season.

It is worth applying for any non-resident tags

Ben_4
Bendrix B. - posted 6 days ago on 10-11-2019 04:45:43 pm
Rochester, MA
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So if I put in for sheep points at $150 annually and it takes 25 years to be in the running, that’s $3,750, and I’ll be 89. Might make more sense to attend sheep show and purchase chances of >1 for 10 years. I’d have more fun for sure!

Zachariah H. - posted 6 days ago on 10-11-2019 04:23:22 pm
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I just moved to Wyoming and am not yet a resident. Does anyone know if buying out of state points would help me when I become a resident next year?

SETH D. - posted 1 week ago on 10-10-2019 10:02:53 am
Sunny New Mexico
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@ Matt S. and Gary H. I looked for online hunting forums and got the same answer as you guys came up with. If I had 15 or so it would be different.

One of the biggest problems is you have guys like my father who are 80 and is on oxygen and couldn't get to the top of the mountain if he was in a helicopter, and he is sitting on max points for sheep.

We are trying to move back to Wyoming, as I grew up there. Maybe I can campaign my local legislature to do something about the broken points system. A Utah type system would be a better way to do this for sheep and moose.

SETH D. - posted 1 week ago on 10-10-2019 10:02:44 am
Sunny New Mexico
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@ Matt S. and Gary H. I looked for online hunting forums and got the same answer as you guys came up with. If I had 15 or so it would be different.

One of the biggest problems is you have guys like my father who are 80 and is on oxygen and couldn't get to the top of the mountain if he was in a helicopter, and he is sitting on max points for sheep.

We are trying to move back to Wyoming, as I grew up there. Maybe I can campaign my local legislature to do something about the broken points system. A Utah type system would be a better way to do this for sheep and moose.

Matt S. - posted 1 week ago on 10-10-2019 06:31:35 am
Bozeman
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Seth I agree with Gary. You’ll never catch up unfortunately. Your better off putting that money towards an actual moose hunt in Canada or Ak where you know can go hunting.

Gary H. - posted 1 week ago on 10-10-2019 06:23:11 am
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Seth D- No it is not worth your time. I gave up on mine 5 years ago and I had 5 points. The odds are really bad on drawing a tag ad people getting in on the ground floor are doomed.

SETH D. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 06:17:03 pm
Sunny New Mexico
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Looks like area 4 requires 19 points as a res or non-res. And has 1 point creep per year.

So 30 years from now I can draw a tag? Not sure if I am going to be able to do that one or not.

SETH D. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 06:08:44 pm
Sunny New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

My question for you guys is; is it even worth it to buy non-resident sheep and moose points. I have 6 points for sheep and 2 points for moose. I am 45, and I don't think I'll ever have enough points for either species to be able to hunt them.

SETH D. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 06:03:51 pm
Sunny New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

The website is one of the best state wildlife websites I have used. The downside is that you must check your cart very well, because it is so easy to miss something.

I had to add my antelope and sheep points back in a couple of times. For some reason I didn't click the right thing and it shot me back to an incomplete cart.

Justin S. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 03:36:04 pm
Mill City, OR
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I just found this out yesterday... big disappointment! I was under the impression that by applying for a trophy unit as my first choice that I would get a point. Thanks Wyoming for the heads up.

Matt S. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 03:25:15 pm
Bozeman
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Understood. If I don't draw, I'll need to purchase a point and go into the next year with 3. Got it. Thanks Eric.

Eric P. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 12:07:16 pm
goHUNT INSIDER

Matt S. That is correct

Matt S. - posted 1 week ago on 10-09-2019 07:08:53 am
Bozeman
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So the points I have at the end of this October is the points I will be applying with next year correct?

Dennis B. - posted 1 week ago on 10-08-2019 10:27:08 pm
Alaska

Thanks for the reminder Brady....been busy fishing Kenai River rainbows and silvers and I could have/would have forgot about the WY Pref. Pt. purchase deadline.
Thanks again.