General licenses or general tags offer the ability to hunt a number of general units across the state. These are typically lower success units with higher hunter population, as they are not limited in hunter quantity. For non-residents, general tags are associated with preference points.

Elk permits are unit specific and offer the opportunity to hunt a higher success unit within the state. They are associated with the state’s bonus point system, which applies to both residents and non-residents. In order to draw an elk permit, a hunter must also apply for a general tag and be successful in drawing one, although both these are assessed in the same draw process.