HUNTING IN WYOMING

 

Bison Hunting

Bison have been hunted in Wyoming periodically since the winter of 1988-1989. Hunts have taken place both in the Jackson area and west of Cody. Like all big game in Wyoming, hunting is used as a management tool to control bison population growth.


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Limited Quota

In 2013, Wyoming Statute §23-2-107 was amended so that any person who is issued an "any wild bison" license (Type 1) and harvests a bull wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an "any wild bison" license in any future year, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive a "female or calf wild bison" license in the immediately following season. In addition, any person who is issued an "any wild bison" license and harvests a female or calf wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive a "female or calf wild bison" license in the immediately following five (5) years, but shall be eligible to apply for and receive an "any wild bison" license in the immediately following season. Any person who is issued a "female or calf wild bison" license (Type 4) and harvests a female or calf wild bison shall be ineligible to apply for or receive an "any wild bison" license or a "female or calf wild bison" license in the immediately following five (5) years.

 

Location

Bison hunting in the Jackson area is currently limited to portions of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Elk Refuge, small parcels of state-owned land and potentially some private lands with landowner permission. One complication of this bison hunt is the animals often roam between lands that are open to hunting and those that are not, including National Park Service lands. Hunters can access National Forest Lands adjacent to Grand Teton National Park only through public access routes.

Applicants successful in drawing a wild bison license can apply for a permit to hunt the National Elk Refuge. The application process for National Elk Refuge hunting permits is conducted in cooperation with the National Elk Refuge prior to the start of the hunting season. Applications are available through, Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program. Alternate permits will also be available during each hunt period through the Department’s website.

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