Bison Hunting

Hunting Article

Like 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

Alert: Bear Activity - Both hunters and Refuge staff have had regular sightings of bears and bear tracks in Refuge hunt areas this season. Though bear spray is not required in the hunt areas, it is strongly recommended. Bear spray is an effective deterrent that is specifically designed to deter aggressive or charging bears. It is not, however, a substitute for appropriate safety precautions. Hunters should remain vigilant, especially in areas with limited visibility due to shrubs, trees, and other cover as bear encounters can happen very quickly with little forewarning. Click here for more information.  

How to Apply for a Refuge Hunt Permit
Hunters must already have a Wyoming state bison license, issued by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, to apply for a Refuge bison permit.

Begin your application for a National Elk Refuge elk hunting permit by visiting the state's Access Yes! program web site.


2020 Bison Hunting Information and Regulations (Adobe PDF)


Hard copies of the above information and regulations will be available in Summer 2020 at the following Jackson, WY locations: 

Wyoming Game & Fish Department
420 N. Cache 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.