The credit card is easy: did they get your money?
In Washington you must physically present proof of hunter education certification at a license dealer the first time you purchase a license if born after 1/1/1972. For out of state hunters, I'm not sure how that would be done. You can obviously enter a hunter education number into Wyoming's website and purchase a license, but how do they know if it was legitimate?
I'm not saying it isn't a good idea to have a copy on your person in Wyoming but has anyone actually been asked to show a copy to a warden?Yes. And I know Washington hunters who have both been ticketed, and prevented from hunting (the latter had never taken a hunter safety course and was not eligible to hunt in Washington or Wyoming).
Enforcement varies based on priorities and individuals, but almost 40% of antelope hunters are contacted in the field by WGFD personnel every year, and a sizeable portion of them are checked for hunter safety cards. Definitely a good idea to carry it in WY, especially if you plan to hunt there regularly. #10 of the top ten violations https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Law-Enforcement/Common-Violations
Wouldn't it be more effective to simply require proof before allowing the sale of the license, like kids here?
How do they know if your drivers license number is legit, or your credit card for that matter?
Do they care if my drivers license is not accurate? I don't recall even having to put that in.
The point is it should be easily implemented electronically these days.
I didn't make the rule, just trying to save a fellow hunter or two a ticket. When I moved there in 1990, I did not have a copy of my NH Hunter Safety card, and missed a few days waiting for my duplicate to arrive. Less than 2 months later, I was checked for a HS card while blue grouse hunting, and was checked for it at least twice more over the next 10 years.