Bonus point question
What's the rule on drawing a tag and turning it back in? In CO you can draw a tag and turn it back in for a full refund, but you don't gain another PP. In Nevada you can turn it in if you have a good reason why...
What's the rule in Wyoming? I could probably find it on WY fish and game website, but that's what you guys are for :)
You got to have a note from your doctor saying you have a serious medical condition and can't physically go on the hunt. I like Wyoming's policy...keeps people from turning back tags voluntary.
Hart, isn't that just for trophy game? Moose/Sheep/Goat? Perhaps I'm wrong. But I was told no refunds for Elk Deer and Antelope.
Originally Posted by 30Hart
No, its for all big game animals...here's the info from F&G:
Refunds and Cancellation of Licenses
Each applicant assumes an inherent risk when applying for a license to be used in the future. License fees are generally nonrefundable once a license has been issued and licenses are nontransferable. Please consider the risk when applying.
Licenses, stamps, permits or tags issued under Title 23, Wyoming statutes or by Commission regulation become the permanent property of the licensee and shall not be canceled or any fee refunded after the license, stamp, permit, tag or preference point has been issued except as follows:
i. In the case of the death of the licensee, any person who has authority to represent the decedent as provided by a court order shall submit a written request for a license refund supported by a copy of the respective death certificate;
ii. In the case of the death of the licensee's spouse, parents, grandparents, lineal descendants and their spouses, step-parent, step-sibling, step-children, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, step-son-in-law or step-daughter-in-law, the licensee shall submit a written request for a license refund supported by the respective death certificate. The date of death on such certificate shall have occurred during the regular season, resulting in the licensee not being able to participate in the majority of the regular season;
iii. In the case of incapacitating illness or injury of the licensee supported by a physician's sworn statement on a Department form;
iv. Military personnel who receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders or are assigned away from their home duty station on Temporary Duty Orders (TDY), all of this being supported by a copy of official military orders from the Armed Forces of the United States;
v. Individuals who are not able to participate in the majority of the regular season for the species specified in Commission Rules and Regulations during the year for which the license is issued as a result of a court subpoena, jury duty, Grand Jury investigation or attorneys required to attend criminal cases. A certified copy of the court document shall accompany the written request for the license refund;
vi. When the Department determines one hundred percent (100%) of the hunting opportunity and access to the hunt area has been closed due to administrative actions of the state or federal government in closing of the public access to public lands due to a natural disaster;
vii. An error on the part of the Department or its authorized agent where the applicant has been issued a license not requested;
viii. Any youth licensee may be granted a license refund if the youth licensee's opportunity to hunt is jeopardized as a result of any license refund granted by the Department;
ix. A sponsoring organization of a person with a life-threatening illness may be granted a license refund if the licensee's opportunity to hunt is jeopardized as a result of incapacitating illness or injury supported by a physician's sworn statement on forms provided by the Department that the licensee is incapable of performing tasks necessary to exercise the privileges of the license.
The appropriate refund form can be requested by calling 307-777-4516. Under no circumstances shall the Department approve a refund of any license, permit, stamp or tag if the written request for refund is received after January 31 following the season for which the license, permit, stamp or tag was issued or was valid. Refunds shall be denied in any circumstance where the licensee hunted on the license for the designated species as specified in Commission Rules and Regulations, including special archery seasons, during the year for which the license is issued.
They don't like to refund tag money, but will under documented medical conditions that prevent a person from hunting. I have a buddy in Wyoming and his Dad lives up here in Mi not too far from me. Several years ago his Dad had to have knee surgery that came up unexpectedly and he couldn't go with us. They refunded his deer and cow elk tag money after he got the required Doctor paperwork filled out and sent in to the G&F.
Topgun, some 10 years ago I had knee surgery following a nasty knee infection. I had drawn an area #128 late season deer tag and didn't think I'd be up to using it. I called the main G&F office in Cheyenne and talked to some female employee about it, asking if I needed a doctor's order or what I needed to do. Her reply was that G&F doesn't refund deer license money.
Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06
So I guess she was full of crap, and I should have talked to someone else. The only problem with that, is that If you ask 10 people at Wy.G&F a question, you'll generally get 10 different answers. BTW, I went anyway and hobbled around and managed to fill my tag with a pretty nice 5x5.
Yep, she was! As you can read in the post above, there is no stipulation in Title 23 that says anything about species limitations. To the best of my knowledge that has been in effect with no changes to it since the first time I hunted Wyoming in 1992.
In Colorado, it's my understanding if you want a full refund, you will lose your points. If you want to retain the points used to draw the tag, you have to forego the refund.
Yes. That is the case with Colorado. I returned an elk tag a few years ago.