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Wyoming hunting, fishing and trapping licenses good for calendar year from when you bought it

Wyoming elk

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Here’s some good news if you decided to wait until November to purchase your Wyoming hunting, fishing or trapping license. Instead of only being valid for the calendar year—in this case, expiring only a month and a half after you bought it—the licenses are now good for 12 months from the date of purchase. It is important to note that the 12-month licenses approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission during its meeting this month are for fishing, small game, game birds, furbearers and conservation stamps. According to the Montana Standard, the revised license regulation follows a change in state law that occurred in 2018, which allowed “licenses not to expire at the end of the calendar year,” but, rather, 12 months from the date of purchase. The idea behind changing the validation length is to make it “more customer friendly.”

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In addition to the change in license validation length, during the meeting, the commission ordered the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to “draft a hunting regulation related to fair chase and new technologies,” specifically addressing the following, according to the Montana Standard:

  • Allowing the use of traceable arrows to track wounded prey;
  • Prohibiting the use of smart rifles;
  • Prohibiting the use of enhanced sites for archery; and
  • Mandating “that hunters follow up on a shot to determine if an animal is wounded or killed.”

The commission anticipates opening up the draft regulation for public comment over the next few months and plans to vote on it in April.

Stay tuned to goHUNT for further updates.


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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 5 months ago on 11-28-2018 12:11:29 pm
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

@Seth D. - Here's an old article on "smart rifles":

By the way... great discussion everyone!!

Benton L. - posted 5 months ago on 11-20-2018 11:37:55 am

Problem with traceable arrow is it is incentive to just wound an animal and trace it wherever it goes. Definitely not a fan of this one.

Stephen b. - posted 5 months ago on 11-19-2018 07:29:15 pm
sheridan wy

So let's make it legal to use trackable arrows but make it illegal to use rifles that make it easier to make ethical kills? Must be written by a bow snob. I also find it funny that most people that push the fair Chase agenda are the same only hunt private land lol... Just sounds like a bunch of people pushing their opinions on others. Just let people hunt and enjoy it.

SETH D. - posted 5 months ago on 11-19-2018 09:39:17 am
Sunny New Mexico

Ok, what is a "smart rifle"?

I'd like to see a wounded and lost animal count as the bag limit. But this is a step forward.