Bison Hunting

Hunting / Hunting Guide / Bison Hunting

Mild conditions during the 2017 hunting season delayed bison movements onto the National Elk Refuge and resulted in less than expected harvest of both bulls and cows.


Therefore, licenses were increased for the 2018 season in order to keep the population closer to the post-hunt objective of 500 animals.

“If bison migrate prior to the end of the season, hunter experience on the National Elk Refuge should be exceptional due to fewer hunters and reduced crowding,” said Doug McWhiter, Jackson regional wildlife coordinator.

Cow/calf hunters should be aware that almost all of the harvest on the Type 4 license occurs on the refuge, and the majority of the harvest occurs during late December and January. Hunters wishing to hunt on the National Elk Refuge will have an opportunity to apply for a refuge permit on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s web page. Additional information on permits will is available by contacting the Jackson Regional Office.  

National Elk Refuge Bison Hunt
Permission Slip Options: Permission slips are issued on a limited draw basis for bison hunting for the period of
August 15th - January 1st.

Daily permission slips for January 2nd -31st will be administered through the Wyoming Game & Fish Department's Jackson Regional Office (307-733-2321). Please see the 2017 NER Bison Hunting Information and Regulations for complete details.

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