programs on the Refuge are used as a management tool 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
2013 bison hunting season on the National Elk Refuge will begin on August 15, 2013 and run through January 12, 2014. Bison hunting licenses are issued by the
Wyoming Game & Fish Department. A Refuge-specific bison permit is required
and is provided with the State license. Individuals who have not already
applied and been selected for the 2013 season are not eligible to hunt bison
Refuge bison hunting season will be comprised of 12 hunt periods of varying
length, with a number of weeklong breaks of non-disturbance incorporated into
the season. This is intended to increase the success rate for hunters since
bison, along with other animals, may learn to avoid an area with continued
hunting pressure. Wildlife managers are using the hunt period structure as a
tool to achieve herd objectives.
2013 Refuge elk hunting season will run from October 12 through December 15 and will
consist of 10 consecutive hunt periods. Persons interested in hunting elk may
begin applying for Refuge–specific permits beginning Wednesday, August 14.
Applications for elk permits must be submitted electronically by September 25
to be entered into a computerized random draw. The results of the drawing will
be posted on the application web site by September 26. Application for National
Elk Refuge elk hunting permits is done in cooperation with the Wyoming Game
& Fish Private Lands Public Wildlife Access program. Hunters may initially
apply for only one hunt period per hunt unit and must already have a valid
Wyoming elk license to enter the electronic drawing. Elk hunters attempting to
fill two valid licenses on the Refuge during the same hunt period do not need
to apply for two Refuge permits.
and elk hunting information, including general information, application
procedures, regulations, maps, weapons restrictions, and access can be found through links on the National Elk Refuge’s General Hunting Information web page. Printed copies of Refuge regulations can be picked up in Jackson at the Jackson
Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center (532 N. Cache Street), Wyoming
Game & Fish Department (420 N. Cache Street), or the National Elk Refuge
Administrative Offices (625 E. Broadway Avenue).
traveling on Refuge roads, including Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek roads, are
encouraged to familiarize themselves with hunt boundaries and be aware that
hunters may be in the area.
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