Global Travel | Hunting in Wyoming

Polish off your cowboy hat and saddle up your horse - the wild is calling your name.

There’s a rich mixture of game waiting amongst the hilltops, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice.

Our friends at Wolverine Creek Outfitters who are one of the leading outfitters in the state promise a once in a lifetime trip. 

Wolverine Creek Outfitters is one of Wyoming’s most reputable and sought-after hunting destinations, Ryan Lakovich and the team promise  ‘A True Wilderness Experience” in the American west, where the terrain remains untamed and the game still roam free.

Elk, deer, moose and mountain sheep are just a few types of game you can expect to find in Wyoming, one of the most remote hunting locations in North America.

Wyoming also has plenty of ‘trophy game’ to be hunted. Black bears, grey wolfs and mountain lions all inhabit the lands.

Licence & Permit Information

  • All licence applications are to be made through The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, who are the governing body for all hunting activity for the entire state.
  • The minimum age to take any big game or trophy game animal is 12 years of age. An applicant may apply for any big game or trophy game license if he/she is 11 years of age, but must be at least 12 years of age when hunting.
  • Wyoming requires all non-residents hunting in a wilderness area to be accompanied with a licensed guide or a resident guide of the state.
  • The state allocates approximately 15% of its total license quota for a unit to non-residents. Of these licenses, 60% are allocated to the non-resident regular license draw and 40% are allocated to those non-residents who select the “Special License” option.
  • Wyoming uses the ‘Preference Points System’.
  • The Preference Point System is designed to improve an applicant’s odds of eventually drawing a license in a hard-to-draw hunt area.
  • Applications for hunting elk must be submitted by January 31st, moose February 28th, bighorn sheep February 28th and deer March 15th of the calendar year you wish to hunt.

Before you start practicing your horse riding skills, make sure you have the right camouflage for the environment.

Realtree Max-1XT pattern is the perfect mixture of forestry and open mountaintop terrain, so you can blend into the surroundings with ease. 

Wyoming Hunting Season Details

  • The hunting season is divided into 130 different zones, depending on date and species.
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department mandate the hunting season for the entire state.
  • Each zone has a quota tag number of game to be hunted. For example, there are 115 zones where Antelope hunting is allowed. 
  • Elk: October 1st – December 15th
  • Deer: October 1st – December 15th
  • Moose: September 15th – until quota is filled
  • Black Bear: (Archery) May 1st – May 14th, April 15th – April 30th, September 1st – 30th. (Firearms) April 15th – June 7th, September 1st – October 30th
  • Mountain Lion: September 1st – March 31st
  • Rabbit: September 1st – March 1st
  • Pheasant: November 1st – December 31st
  • Partridge: October 1st – January 31st
  • Blue and Ruffed Grouse: September 1st – January 31st
  • Some animals have a quota to how many can be hunted throughout the year. In some cases hunters are allowed to hunt some animal until the quota is met.

Hunting land information

  • The state is covered with woodlands and has almost 98,000 square miles of land.
  • Approximately half of Wyoming is private land. 
  • Landowners have the right to control access to their lands or charge a fee for permission.
  • Written permission is needed before one can hunt on private land.
  • Avoid the season opening day; many landowners are fully booked at the start of the hunting season.
  • Wyoming law doesn’t require landowners to post their property. It’s the hunter’s responsibility to know if the land is public or private.
  • Some private land is open for public access through either ‘Walk-In Area’ or ‘Hunter Management Area Programs’. 

Wyoming hunting facts

  • The name Wyoming was taken from the Indian name “Maugh Wauwama”.
  • In Wyoming, predatory animals are defined as Coyote, Jackrabbit, Porcupine, Racoon, Skunk and Stray Cat.
  • Night hunting for predators is legal; it is only permitted on private land and with written permission from the landowner.
  • Night hunting can only be done for the ‘predatory animals’ (stated above.)
  • Crossbow hunting is legal in Wyoming but must have a minimum 90-pound draw weight and a minimum draw length of 14 inches from front of the bow to the back of the string in the cocked position. 
  • It is illegal to shoot from or access a public road when hunting.
  • Some licences and hunt areas require a specific gender to be harvested. When there are gender restrictions, either the visible external sex organs, head or antlers shall accompany the animal as a whole.
  • Wyoming law requires all hunters born on or after January 1st 1996 to have passed a certified hunters education course. Hunters must carry their hunter education card at all times during any hunting based outing.

To learn more about hunting in Wyoming and where to book click here.

Or to see Realtree Pro Hunter, Ian Harford embark on his own hunting adventure in Wyoming click here.