Three hunters on horseback

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:

How to apply for hunting permits on the National Elk Refuge?