- Wyoming currently requires that a non-resident secure a separate license for each big or trophy game animal.
- Hiring an Outfitter or Guide cuts down on the preparation that is required for a successful hunting trip.
- Any Outfitter listed with the WY Game and Fish must have liability insurance, adequate safety equipment, and qualified hunting guides.
The diversity of wildlife in Wyoming offers hunts for elk, deer, moose, buffalo, bighorn sheep and antelope. Most outfitters have pack-in camps located in some of the most breathtaking countryside imaginable. Professional guided hunting trips offer experience and success.
All non-residents big game hunting licenses are on a drawing basis. Outfitters can assist in information on the regulations, or visit with the Wyoming Game and Fish for an application packet.
Where to go Hunting
Hunting is allowed in nearly all wilderness areas and national forests near Grand Teton National Park. However, rules and regulations, including the need for permits, hunting seasons, and areas open to hunt often change. If you are NOT intending to use the services of the many outfitters licensed in the area, we suggest that you check with the local office of the Wyoming Game and Fish for the latest information.
Rentals and Fees
Wyoming currently requires that a non-resident secure a separate license for each big or trophy game animal. Non-resident license numbers are limited and the quotas are issued by a lottery-type drawing. Since application procedures and deadlines for different species change from year to year, it is advisable to keep in touch with the outfitter that you choose or the Information Section, State of Wyoming, Game & Fish Department, 5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82006 - (307) 777-4600.
Hire a Guide
Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway authorize special use permits to outfit and guide hunting in the national parks. If you would like to hunt in these areas, your only option is to contact an outfitter who is licensed for this area.
Hiring an Outfitter or Guide is an excellent way to cut down on the preparation that is typically required for a successful hunting trip. If you want guaranteed results in almost every circumstance, a guided trip is the way to go.
Another benefit of hiring an outfitter is that once you put the animal on the ground, they will haul it out for you. In addition, a majority of guide services either offer butchering or have very solid working relationships with processors due to the amount of business they typically bring in.
Probably the most important benefit of hiring a guide or outfitter is the amount of knowledge you can glean from these men and women. For the most part, guides have spent years upon years perfecting their craft and almost all are more than willing to answer questions and to give insight on animal behavior, etc.
When contracting a guide another benefit is that, they will typically provide all of the meals as well as lodging.
Make sure that any outfitter that you book with is on the approved list with the Wyoming Game and Fish. Their listing with the Wyoming Game and Fish insures that they have liability insurance, adequate safety equipment, and qualified hunting guides.
To go hunting you need to be in good physical condition and very familiar with your weapon, whether it be a bow or a gun. These are just a few basic safety precautions.
- Tell someone where you will be hunting.
- Avoid outings alone. If you go alone, be extra careful and hunt in familiar areas.
- Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions. Protect against hypothermia.
- Check the weather forecast before going into the woods.
- Identify your target before shooting.
- Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
- Always wear enough blaze orange to be highly visible to other hunters.
- If you are hunting with an outfitter/guide, follow all their directions and instructions.