Terms & Definitions
“Accompanied by a mentor” means being directly supervised at all times by a mentor who is within sight and direct voice contact.
“Aircraft” means any machine or device including but not limited to airplane, helicopter, glider, dirigible or unmanned
aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of atmospheric flight.
“Antlered” means a deer, elk or moose that has visible antler growth plainly protruding from the skull. Where a minimum number of antler points are specified, points shall be counted on the side with the greater number of points.
“Antlerless” means a deer, elk or moose that has no antler growth plainly protruding from the skull. Females and young-of-the-year without visible antlers are antlerless big game animals.
“Approved Landfill or Incinerator” means a landfill or incinerator permitted by the State of Wyoming Depart-ment of Environmental Quality to dispose of animal carcass-es.
“Artificial light or lighting device” means any man-made light or lighting device which projects a visible light outside the device, or any electronic device that provides an enhanced ability to see in the dark.
“Bag limit” means the maximum number of big game or trophy game animals that may be taken by an individual pos-sessing a proper license.
“Big game animal” means antelope, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, moose or mountain goat.
“Buck antelope” means male antelope with visible horns and dark cheek patch at the base of the ear.
“Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.)” means the land management agency administered by the U. S. Depart-ment of the Interior.
“Bureau of Reclamation Land” means lands administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation.
“Calf” means young-of-the-year elk or young-of-the-year moose.
“Certificate of Competency and Safety in the Use and Handling of Firearms” means a certification issued
for the completion of an approved hunter safety course.
“Cow” means an adult female elk or an adult female moose.
“Designated road” means an established road marked with a white arrow sign.
“Doe” means an adult female antelope or adult female deer.
“Domicile” means that place where a person has his true, fixed and permanent home to which whenever the person is temporarily absent the person has the intention of returning. To prove domicile as required by Wyoming Statutes § 23-1-102 and § 23-1-107 a person shall be able to establish that he: physically resides in Wyoming; has made his permanent home in Wyoming; is not residing in Wyoming for a special or temporary purpose; and, has abandoned his domicile in all other states, territories or countries.
“Drainage” means all lands within the watershed of a named river or stream, including all tributaries and standing waters, which drain into that river or stream.
“Edible portion of big game animal” means the meat from the front quarters as far down as the knees, meat from the hindquarters as far down as the hocks, and the meat along the backbone between the neck and hindquarters including the loins and tenderloins, excluding meat on the ribs and neck.
“Established road” means any road or trail that has been graded or constructed to carry motor vehicles or on which repeated legal motor vehicle traffic has created well-defined tracks.
“Expanding point bullet” means any bullet designed by its manufacturer to create a wound channel larger than the bullet’s diameter.
“Fawn” means a young-of-the-year antelope or young-of-the-year deer.
“Handgun” means a firearm that has a barrel length of less than sixteen (16) inches, has a short stock, and is de-signed to be fired by the use of a single hand without shoul-der support.
“Hunt area” means the area within a defined geographic boundary where a license shall be valid.
“Irrigated land” means agricultural lands that are sup-plied with supplemental water by ditches, pipes, flooding or spraying.
“Issue-After License” means licenses that are limited in number and that were not issued in the initial or leftover drawings; these licenses shall be issued on an as processed basis through the ELS.
“Leftover Drawing” means a computer processed random drawing to issue licenses remaining after the initial drawings.
“Leftover Licenses” means limited quota licenses and nonresident region general deer licenses issued in the left-over drawing.
“Limited Quota Licenses” means licenses that are limited in number and valid only in a specified hunt area(s) or portion(s) of a hunt area. Limited quota licenses shall be valid only under species, sex, age class, harvest and weapon type limitations that are in effect for each hunt area.
“Mentee” means a person who has received special authorization from the Department to take wildlife and who has not received a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms.
“Mentor” means a person who is at least eighteen (18) years of age, can demonstrate they have a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms, possesses a valid Wyoming hunting license and is directly supervising not more than one (1) mentee, other than immediate family members, at a time while in the field.
“Motorized vehicle” means any vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor.
“Muzzle-loading firearm” means a muzzle-loading rifle or muzzle- loading handgun of at least .40 caliber and firing an expanding point bullet or lead ball and using a charge of at least fifty (50) grains of black powder or its equivalent. 101 (a) (xii) (B) (l) and (ll).
“National Elk Refuge Permit” means a permit that allows a properly licensed elk hunter to access the National Elk Refuge to take an elk.
“Off National Forest” means lands other than those ad-ministered by the U.S. Forest Service.
“On National Forest” means lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
“On National Grassland” means the Thunder Basin National Grassland and Bankhead-Jones lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service.
“Park permit” means a permit issued by Grand Teton National Park that allows a properly licensed elk hunter to take an elk within Grand Teton National Park.
“Point” means any protrusion from an antler one (1) inch or more in length.
“Predacious bird” means English sparrow and starling.
“Predatory animal” means coyote, jackrabbit, porcupine, raccoon, red fox, skunk or stray cat. “Predatory animal” also means gray wolf located outside the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area and Seasonal Wolf Trophy Game Management Area as described in Wyoming Statute § 23-1-
“Private land” means all fee title/deeded lands owned by a private individual, partnership or corporation.
“Processor” means a custom meat processor licensed by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.
“Public road or highway” (except as otherwise provided) means any roadway that is open to vehicular travel by the public. The road surface, the area between the fences on a fenced public road or highway, and an area thirty (30) feet perpendicular to the edge of the road surface on an unfenced public road or highway shall be considered the public road or highway. Two-track trails on public lands are
not public roads.
“Real Time Video Photography Equipment” means any video or photography equipment capable of utilizing cellular or Wi-Fi technology to transmit images or video for remote viewing.
“Regular hunting seasons” means seasons which delineate the dates and hunt areas for the taking of big game or trophy game animals with legal weapons in accordance with the license types and limitations set forth in Section 2 of Chapters 5 (Antelope), 6 (Deer), 7 (Elk) and 8 (Moose); Sections 3 and 7 of Chapter 9 (Bighorn Sheep and Mountain
Goat); Section 10 of Chapter 3 (Black Bear); Section 3 of Chapter 42 (Mountain Lion); and, Section 4 of Chapter 47 (Gray Wolf) of the Commission regulations.
“Resident” means a United States citizen or legal alien
who is domiciled in Wyoming for at least one (1) full year immediately preceding making application for any resident game and fish license, preference point, permit or tag, shall not have claimed residency in any other state, territory or country for any other purpose during that one (1) year period, and meets the requirements specified in Wyoming Statutes § 23-1-102 and § 23-1-107.
“Site of the kill” means the location where the harvested animal died.
“Special archery seasons” means seasons that delin-eate the dates and hunt areas for the taking of big game or trophy game animals with legal archery equipment, in which a hunter with the proper hunting license and an archery li-cense may hunt in addition to the regular hunting seasons in accordance with the limitations as set forth in Section 2 of Chapters 5 (Antelope), 6 (Deer), 7 (Elk), 8 (Moose), Sections 3 and 7 of Chapter 9 (Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat) and Section 10 of Chapter 3 (Black Bear).
“Spike elk” means an elk with at least one (1) antler consisting of a single unbranched beam.
“State Trust Land” means lands administered by the Office of State Lands and Investments.
“Take” means hunt, pursue, catch, capture, shoot, fish, seine, trap, kill, or possess, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, shoot, fish, seine, trap, kill or possess.
“Trophy game animal” means black bear, grizzly bear, mountain lion, or any gray wolf within the Wolf Trophy Game Management Area and Seasonal Wolf Trophy Game Management Area as described in Wyoming Statute § 23-1-101 (a) (xii) (B) (I) and (II).
“Type” means a limitation on a license in a particular hunt area for the sex of animal, the species of animal, the length
of the season, the type of weapon or a portion of the hunt area in which the license shall be valid.
“Waste” means to leave, abandon or allow any edible portion of meat from a big game animal, game bird, game fish or small game animal to become tainted, rotten or otherwise unfit for human consumption prior to processing at a person’s home or at a processor.
“Youth license” means a big game license that may be issued to a resident or non-resident person who is at least eleven (11) years of age provided that person shall attain twelve (12) years of age by the end of the same calendar year and who is under eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application.
• For all other species, excluding furbearing animals, requiring a license to take, youth license means a license that may be issued to a resident or nonresident person who is under eighteen (18) years of age.