Cheyenne – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will open black bear bait site renewals beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, March 1. The renewal process may be completed online, in person or by phone, mail or fax, with the subsequent application for registering new bait sites taking place online.

The shift to an online application process is an improvement recently authorized by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission at their January meeting based on the department’s recommendation and public feedback .

“Last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Game and Fish Commision, through an emergency rule, moved the black bear bait site registration system from in-person to online. We received an overwhelmingly positive response to that shift, so the Commission made that a permanent system to better serve hunters,” said Jason Hunter, Game and Fish Lander Region wildlife supervisor.

The following is a guide for black bear hunters to the 2021 online renewal and initial registration process.

BEFORE RENEWING OR APPLYING TO REGISTER ONLINE

Create a username and password: All hunters will need to create a username and password before submitting a hunting application or licensing purchase on the Game and Fish website. This is a new change as of Feb. 4, 2021 and will increase security for customers and streamline purchases.

Creating a username and password is a simple process much like on other websites. To help, Game and Fish has step-by-step videos and written instructions. Each customer will need to create their own user account. The SPID is not your username; each customer must create a custom username and password. Customers who have done business with Game and Fish in the past will automatically see their account information attached to the new login.

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