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National Elk Refuge Bison Hunting Permit Application Period to Open in Mid-July

July 2, 2014

Bison. Credit:  USFWS
Bison. Credit: USFWS.

On Monday, June 30 National Elk Refuge Manager, Steve Kallin, announced the July dates for licensed bison hunters to apply for a National Elk Refuge 2014 bison permit. Beginning this season, hunters will apply for a Refuge–specific bison hunting permit by completing an application online.  

Similar to the procedure used by Refuge elk hunters since 2008, bison hunters will begin their application for a National Elk Refuge hunt permit by visiting the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program web site. A direct link to the online permit application is also provided on the bison hunting page of the National Elk Refuge's web site

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.

Bison hunters must apply for their Refuge permit between the dates of July 14 and July 31, initially applying for only one bison hunt period. The results of the computerized random draw will be posted on the application web site by 11:00 am on August 4. The online system will continue to be active after 11:00 am on August 4 to allow hunters access to leftover and alternate permits later in the season. A thorough description of the application process, along with bison hunting information, hunt periods, regulations, and a map, is included in a four-page brochure available on the Refuge's web site or at the following Jackson, WY locations:

    - Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, 532 North Cache Street

    - Wyoming Game & Fish Department Jackson Regional Office, 420 North Cache Street

    - National Elk Refuge Administrative Office, 675 East Broadway Avenue

Bison hunt management on the Refuge is designed to achieve optimum herd size as determined through a cooperative effort between the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming Game & Fish Department managers. This year’s bison season is scheduled for August 15, 2014 through January 18, 2015.  

– FWS –

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