Hunt Areas with Difficult Public Access - Hunt areas marked with an asterisk (*) on the tentative hunting season information charts are predominantly private lands or have inaccessible or limited access to public lands. If you are considering applying for a license in any of these hunt areas, you are advised to obtain landowner permission prior to making application for a license. Obtaining permission to hunt after you receive a license is often difficult or impossible. You may hunt legally accessible public lands within these hunt areas, but often such lands are in small parcels, receive heavy hunting pressure and may not always contain the species of wildlife you desire to hunt. In addition, wildlife abundance and distribution are often greater on the private land portions of these areas. The inability to secure a place to hunt is not cause for a license refund or exchange of license for another hunt area. For information on access to private lands, see the WGFD website. There are numerous walk-in and hunter management areas that allow free access, but hunters should check first to determine their availability in the area and for the species they wish to hunt.
Season Dates and Limitations - The preliminary opening dates and limitations are tentative and subject to change. Opening dates, closing dates and limitations for big game hunting seasons are established each year in late April or early May by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. The Commission reserves the right to not issue licenses for specific hunt areas and types if it is in the best interest of wildlife management. If an applicant applies for a hunt area and type in which the Commission did not authorize licenses, the license fee will be refunded, but the application fee will not be refunded.
Emergency Season Closures - Big game hunting seasons may be closed due to an emergency upon 48 hours notice. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission may institute an emergency closure to shorten the season in any hunt area at any time if a harvest quota is reached or if an emergency arises warranting the closure.