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Wild bison in Yellowston National Park by AndreAnita/Shutterstock.

(Jackson, Wyo.) – With many hunters now applying for their 2014 big game hunting licenses, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds applicants of some changes specific to wild bison.

Starting this year, any person who is issued an any wild bison license and harvests a bull bison shall not be eligible to apply for or receive an any wild bison license in any future year, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive a female or calf wild bison license the following year.

If a hunter harvests a female or calf wild bison on their any wild bison license they will be ineligible to apply for or receive a female or calf license in the immediately following five years, but they can apply for and receive an any wild bison license in the immediately following year.

However, any person who harvests a female or calf wild bison on a female or calf wild bison license, shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an any wild bison license or a female or calf wild bison license in the immediately following five year period.

Also starting this year, applicants are required to submit the full license fee at the time of application, as is required for all other species. The license fees for a Wyoming resident are $263.00 for a female or calf wild bison license and $413.00 for the any wild bison license. The nonresident license fees are $1,022 for a female or calf license and $2,522 for an any wild bison license.

All 2014 hunting license applications are required to be submitted online. Each Game and Fish regional office has a computer and personnel available to assist with the electronic license application process. Applicants are reminded to make sure they have correctly entered their mailing address in order to receive their license if successful, or refund if unsuccessful.

Applicants have until February 28 to get their wild bison applications submitted, as with moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Applications for elk, deer and pronghorn antelope are due by May 31.

For many, receiving one of the highly coveted Wyoming big game hunting licenses is as thrilling as winning a lottery. With so much on the line, it is important for hunters to begin the application process early, so that any questions or mistakes can be addressed well before the application deadline arrives.