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.
Hunting on the National Elk Refuge
Elk, bison, pronghorn, and white-tailed deer are the only species permitted to be hunted on the Refuge. Learn more about specific regulations through the following links:
- General Hunting Brochure (PDF)
- Map for Antelope Hunting (PDF)
- Map for Bison Hunting (PDF)
- Map for Elk Hunting (PDF)
- Map for White-tailed Deer Hunting (PDF)
- Harvest Report (PDF)
How to apply for hunting permits on the National Elk Refuge?
- Hunters must already have a Wyoming state license, issued by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, to apply for hunting permits on the National Elk Refuge.
- Begin your application for a National Elk Refuge hunting permit by visiting the state's Access Yes! program web site.
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