Game species in Wyoming include game birds, small game animals, big game animals, trophy game animals, predatory animals, and furbearing animals. Some species are protected and may not be hunted or trapped in Wyoming.
No person born on or after January 1, 1966, may take wildlife by the use of firearms on land other than that of his own family, unless the person possesses or can demonstrate that they have obtained a certificate of competency and safety in the use and handling of firearms as outlined in the regulations.
The WGFD issues licenses based on the game you plan to hunt, the equipment you plan to use, and other factors. In addition to a license, you may be required to have a Conservation Stamp and also may need a Federal Duck Stamp, a Harvest Information Program permit, or other stamps or permits.
Public lands that are legally accessible are open to public hunting unless the land is posted as closed by the land management agency or is closed by WGFD regulations. When you are hunting or trapping on private land, you must have the signature of the private land’s landowner, lessee, or owner’s agent on your license or other proof that you have permission to hunt or trap on the private land.
Hunting seasons, times, and bag limits are based on regulations and your license type, on your hunting equipment, the species being hunted, and your hunting location.
All persons hunting big game or trophy game animals shall wear, in a visible manner, at least one fluorescent orange outer garment. For persons hunting small game animals and game birds, wearing fluorescent orange is required for any person hunting pheasants within the boundaries of any Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Habitat Management Area or on Bureau of Reclamation withdrawal lands bordering on and including Glendo State Park.
The legal methods you must use while hunting depend on the game species and are designed to ensure that your hunting equipment can deliver a clean kill. Always follow the regulations and other requirements for the type of firearm or archery equipment, ammunition, and any accessories you use.
Before you go hunting, make sure you know Wyoming’s check station requirements, tagging and transporting requirements, shooting regulations, prohibited activities, and ORV laws.