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Wyoming Hunting Guide

Wyoming features large amounts of open space that support a diverse range of game species. However, weather can be unpredictable, and certain species’ populations densities are relatively weak. Regardless, hunters annually report strong success rates in Wyoming.

What to Hunt


Wyoming’s heavily varied landscape supports a variety of popular game species.

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Deer

Wyoming is home to both mule deer and whitetails. Plentiful populations exist across the entire state, with notable buck densities in the eastern and northern counties. Much of Wyoming’s most significant deer hunting is on private land. Unlimited over-the-counter general licenses are available for Wyoming residents, while nonresident hunters must obtain a Region General License that specifies the area they’ll be hunting.

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Elk

Wyoming supports elk hunting across the entirety of the state. Elk can be found on both private and public lands, as well as every national forest. The Bureau of Land Management maintains mountain ranges and desert areas that both support elk hunting. Hunters may apply for up to three elk licenses in one year, which is determined as a combination of full price elk licenses and reduced price cow/calf licenses.

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Gray Wolf

In the northwest portion of the state (with the exception of Yellowstone National Park), it is permitted to hunt gray wolves. The hunting of these wolves is tightly regulated, so it is important to familiarize yourself with these restrictions before planning a hunt.

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Pronghorn

Wyoming boasts the most significant pronghorn hunting opportunities in the United States. Harvest success in Wyoming pronghorn hunting often exceeds 85%. Pronghorn hunting can be found throughout all of Wyoming, except for Yellowstone National Park and the immediate surrounding areas.

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Waterfowl

Wyoming is largely a dry state. For that reason, overall waterfowl populations are low. But, in river basin and creek areas around the state, some duck hunting is available. Many of Wyoming’s walk-in access areas also support huntable duck populations. Hunters may also target Canada geese, particularly over the agricultural lands and wetlands along the North Platte River Valley.

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Turkey

Wyoming offers healthy, stable turkey populations, consisting of both Merriam’s and Rio Grandes turkeys. Most of Wyoming’s turkey hunting is found on private land. The Black Hills is the best option for turkey hunting in public land, and hunters may find turkeys scattered throughout the Medicine Bow National Forest between Casper and Wheatland. Wyoming offers both spring and fall turkey seasons. Hunters may get general licenses over-the-counter, or they may opt for reduced-price limited quota licenses.

Other Wyoming game species include: Bison and Moose listed in the "Hunt Seasons" section at bottom of the page.

Where to Hunt


Although Wyoming does not have as much public land as some other states, it does offer a significant amount of acreage for hunters to enjoy.

Wildlife Management Areas

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department maintains about 450,000 acres of land as Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMAs). These WHMAs contain both dry plains and wetland areas. Most of the game offered in Wyoming can be found in WHMAs.

Hunter Management Areas

Hunter Management Areas (HMAs) are areas of land that the Wyoming Game & Fish Department manages access for hunters. A permission slip is required from the WGFD to hunt on these areas. Individual HMAs may be subject to their own restrictions and regulations.

Access Yes Programs

In lieu of public land, Wyoming operates several private land access programs. These offer financial incentives to landowners for allowing public access onto their property. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department also helps landowners manage and maintain their property. These lands can be found throughout the state, with slightly less density in the southwest region.

Licensing Fees


Hunting license fees vary greatly based on the hunter, the method of take, and the species being taken. Wyoming does not offer a general hunting license -- licenses must be purchased for each species being targeted. Below are some of the state’s most popular game licenses.

Lifetime licenses are available. The price of these licenses varies based on the hunter’s age and the specifications of the license desired.

License Resident Nonresident
​Deer ​$42.00 ​$374.00
​Elk ​$57.00 ​$692.00
​Gray Wolf ​$21.00 ​$187.00
​Antelope/Pronghorn ​$37.00 ​$326.00
​Turkey ​$16.00 ​$74.00
​Bison ​$414.00 ​$4,402.00
​Moose ​$152.00 ​$1,982.00
​Furbearing Mammal ​$45.00 ​$249.00

Hunter Education


Everyone born after January 1, 1966 must successfully complete a hunter education course to hunt in Wyoming, except for those youths who are hunting with a mentor. There is no minimum age requirement to take these courses. The hunter’s education course is available online or in a classroom setting.

A bowhunter’s course is also available, but not required.

Youth Hunting


In most cases, hunters under 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Depending on the game being hunted, additional stamps and permits may also be required. Wyoming does not offer youth hunt weekends or seasons, but various private groups around the state do maintain youth programs. Youth hunters in Wyoming may enroll in the state’s Mentored Hunting program.

Trapping


Wyoming considers the following mammals furbearers: badger, beaver, bobcat, marten, mink, muskrat, and weasel. A license is required to trap these animals, for both residents and nonresidents. Each of these species is subject to its own seasons and restrictions specifically for as they relate to trapping.

Wyoming Hunting Seasons

Game Season Begins Season Ends
Antelope* Aug 15 2022 Dec 31 2022
Deer* Sep 1 2022 Dec 31 2022
Elk* Sep 1 2022 Jan 31 2023
Moose** Sep 1 2022 Nov 20 2022
Big Horn Sheep and Mountain Goat* Aug 15 2022 Nov 30 2022
Black Bear* Apr 15 2022 June 15 2022
Aug 1 2022 Nov 15 2022
Gray Wolf* Sep 15 2022 Mar 31 2022
Mountain Lion* Sep 1 2022 Mar 31 2023
Grizzly Bear* Sep 15 2022 Nov 15 2022
Wild Bison* Aug 15 2022 Jan 31 2022
Sage Grouse* Sep 17 2022 Sep 30 2022
Blue Dusky Grouse* Sep 1 2022 Dec 31 2022
Ruffed Grouse* Sep 1 2022 Dec 31 2022
Chukar Partridge* Sep 15 2022 Jan 31 2023
Gray Partridge* Sep 15 2022 Jan 31 2023
Sharp-Tailed Grouse* Sep 1 2022 Dec 31 2022
Pheasant* Oct 13 2022 Dec 31 2022
Cottontail Rabbit Sep 1 2022 Mar 31 2023
Snowshoe Hare Sep 1 2022 Mar 31 2023
Squirrel - red, gray, fox Sep 1 2022 Mar 31 2023
Mourning Dove* Sep 1 2022 Nov 29 2022
Sora and Virginia Rail* Sep 1 2022 Nov 9 2022
Snipe Sep 1 2022 Dec 16 2022
Sandhill Crane* Sep 1 2022 Oct 23 2022
Ducks and Mergansers* Sep 24 2022 Jan 24 2022
Coots* Sep 24 2022 Jan 24 2022
Early Canada Geese* Sep 1 2022 Sep 8 2022
Dark Geese* Sep 24 2022 Feb 12 2022
Light Geese* Sep 24 2022 Feb 12 2022
Turkey Sep 1 2022 Dec 31 2022
Apr 1 2023 May 31 2023

*Hunting dates for this species may vary by zone, method of take, or subspecies of animal. Visit the state’s website here to find out more.

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