The starting point for hunting elk on the National Elk Refuge is obtaining a valid Wyoming elk hunting license through the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. Once hunters have a valid license, they are eligible to apply for an elk hunting permit on the refuge (Hunt Area 77).
Begin your application for a National Elk Refuge elk hunting permit by visiting the Wyoming Game & Fish Department Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program web site.
The National Elk Refuge 2014 Elk Hunting Information and Regulations four-page handout (link below) thoroughly explains the refuge permit application process, along with general elk hunting information, season and hunt period dates, special regulations, access and travel while hunting, and retrieval of harvested animals. 2014 Elk Hunting Information and Regulations (PDF)
Hard copies of the above information and regulations are available during the
hunting season at the following Jackson, WY locations:
Wyoming Game & Fish Department420 N. Cache Street
National Elk Refuge Administrative Office675 E. Broadway Street
Hunters are responsible for reading the National Elk Refuge hunting information and regulations specific to the hunt area where they are permitted and have them available while hunting on the refuge. The refuge offers both a North Unit and South Unit hunt. However, hunters do not need to apply for a specific unit. All
National Elk Refuge permits will be valid for either hunt unit, but hunters
must understand and comply with weapons restrictions based on the area where
they will be hunting. See the section entitled “On-Line Permit
Application” in the information and regulations brochure for further information on obtaining a
Elk hunters should also remember that permit holders with two valid
Wyoming elk hunting licenses may use and fill both licenses while hunting on
the refuge. Elk hunters attempting to fill two valid licenses during the same
hunt period do not need to apply for two refuge permits.
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