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Bison Hunting

Hunting ArticleLike elk hunting, a program to manage the size of the bison population on the refuge is imperative to herd health management.

Photo credit: Mark Gocke 

Hunters must already have a Wyoming state bison license, issued by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, to apply for a Refuge bison permit. Individuals who have not already applied and been selected for a 2014 Wyoming bison license are not eligible to hunt bison this year. 

New for 2014: Hunters will apply for a Refuge bison permit by completing an online application. Similar to the procedure used by Refuge elk hunters since 2008, begin your application by visiting the Wyoming Game & Fish Department's Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program web site
Bison hunters must apply between July 14 through July 31, 2014, initially applying for only one bison hunt period. Leftover and alternate permits will be available later in the season. The 2014 Bison Hunting Information and Refuglations four-page handout (link below) thoroughly explains the refuge permit application process, along with general bison hunting information, season and hunt period dates, hunt regulations, and an area map.   

Hard copies of the information and regulations shown above are available during the hunting season at the following Jackson, WY locations: 

Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center
532 N. Cache Street

Wyoming Game & Fish Department
420 N. Cache Street

National Elk Refuge Administrative Office
675 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. 

It can be difficult to distinguish between a one to two year-old bull and a mature cow. A bison identification exam is available online and is a suggested tool to help hunters differentiate between bulls and cows. 

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014
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