Almost seven percent more people applied for Wyoming resident and non-resident deer and antelope licenses and resident elk licenses this year compared to last year, according to a release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The agency says 6.95 percent more people applied for the May 31 limited quota draw for those licenses this year compared to the 2017 draw, and the total is up by 11.73 percent compared to two years ago.

Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott says that while the increases are good news in many ways, they did make it harder to draw a license in some areas, and he says the drawing odds will have to be changed again. Applications for buck deer and buck antelope were only up a little bit, but residents and non-residents submitted significantly more applications for doe/fawn deer and antelope compared to last year.

Residents submitted 9.48 percent more applications for doe/fawn deer and 8.37 percent more for doe/fawn antelope.

But the big increases, percentage-wise were among non-residents, who submitted 19.86 percent more applications for doe/fawn deer and 19.44 percent more for doe/fawn antelope. Game and Fish officials say there were a total of 88, 869 unsuccessful applications for licenses.