Right now you are probably buried under a pile of work dreaming about hunting trips to wide-open spaces with herds of big game. One of the first place that comes to mind is Wyoming hunting, and if it isn’t, then it should be!
Let your imagination travel with us for a minute to hunting in Wyoming. Think of a high plateau broken by remote mountain ranges. Out there you can find grizzlies, black bear, elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. Here are some of the great reasons why you should plan your next hunting adventure in Wyoming.
The Teton and Wind River ranges in the west bring excellent opportunities for hunting. While the sweeping high plains of the state are covered with cowboys and cattle, the productive rangeland is also home to massive herds of deer, antelope, and elk. You will be able to find deer throughout the state, with mule deer being the most common. Whitetails stay in the northeastern part of the state, as well as in the Black Hills region, the creek bottoms, and many farming areas. However, Wyoming is probably best known for having more antelope than any other place in North America.
Pronghorn antelope season runs from mid-September to October. This is when the rut is in full swing, and it can be the best time to score a trophy antelope. If exotic antelope hunting is on your wish list, and especially if you haven’t hunted them before, consider using an experienced pronghorn outfitters and guide. Many guides lease private ranches where there are great populations of antelope, such as Cheyenne outfitters. Whether you’re a first-time adventurer or an experienced hunter, your stealth and patience will be rewarded.
If you’re a hunter you’ve probably fantasized about taking down a black bear. With their strength and size, the thought of getting within shooting range is enough to peak even a seasoned hunter’s adrenaline. Wyoming is a great place to fulfill that dream. Black bears come in various colors including cinnamon, chocolate, and blonde. One of the trickiest aspects of hunting black bear is their secretive nature. Rifle hunts typically take place in the spring, while archery hunts occur during the fall.
Nothing is more spectacular and exhilarating than hearing an elk bugle echoing through the canyon walls! If you want an incomparable adventure, don’t miss the rut elk hunt. An archery elk hunt in Wyoming can be the experience of a lifetime. It is best to set up your camp for elk hunting Wyoming during September, when the rut is in full swing. Don’t forget to hire an experienced guide from one of Wyoming’s many hunting outfitters, who can help get you close up for the big shot. Also remember to condition yourself physically and mentally. How to hunt in Wyoming, especially for archery elk, can test your endurance and patience. Many people describe Wyoming elk hunting trips as the single best hunting experience they’ve had.
Wyoming has been home to huge mule deer throughout the years. However, in 2016/2017 a brutal winter diminished the mule deer population and it is still on the rebound. If you want to get the most out of your experience, look for Wyoming outfitters and guides that offer mule deer and antelope combo hunts. It is quite common to find experts who specialize in this field and many of the guides have a high success rate. This means it is likely you will be able to score a trophy buck. Mule deer hunts are best done on the first of October through November and will put your stalking and spotting skills to the test.
When the air starts to get chilly, it is the perfect time to hunt for whitetail in Wyoming. Plan your trip for November when the rut is on. You can use blinds, tree stands, or in some cases, the terrain itself provides enough camouflage. Usually, guides lease and control the hunting on private properties, including cropland, river bottoms, and bedding areas. Get ready because you’re about to bring home a buck in the 140-170 class range.
While turkey hunting in other areas can be a cakewalk, in Wyoming, it feels like a big-game experience. You will cover rugged landscape while chasing the big birds. Merriams make up the bulk of the turkey population although you can also find Rio Grande turkeys and a hybrid subspecies. Head to the Black Hills region if you want the best chance at scoring a trophy turkey. You can also hunt the Laramie Peaks Region, but you will not have access to as much private land as the Black Hills. Remember to also plan for changing weather patterns in Wyoming as well. Even in the spring, snow is not uncommon so you will want quality winter gear. You don’t want your hunt ruined because of weather changes. This is especially true since wild turkeys are not a native animal to Wyoming and can be scarcer than other animals. Hunt success ranges greatly from 40-70 percent.
Duck hunting…in Wyoming? Okay, we know that Wyoming has a C-rating for duck hunting, but hear us out first. While there is a small population of ducks in the state, it is a lot easier to figure out where you will find them. This provides a higher chance of success when you’re a waterfowler venturing into Wyoming.
You can begin with the river drainages in the east and west. Since ducks migrate to the south, you can go to the Laramie, Powder, Sweetwater, and North Platte tributaries. On the eastern plains, you can get better chances at prairie pothole hunting. Go out early and get some scouting done before the hunt starts to ensure your success.
Wyoming’s predator hunting experience is among the best in North America. If you haven’t tested the area’s game, starting out with Coyote will not disappoint. The fall and winter are the best seasons to go score a beautiful coyote pelt. If you are up for an extra challenge, coyote hunting during the night is worth trying. Going after this predator under the cover of darkness is an exciting way to experience the senses of this nocturnal creature. However, night hunts are only allowed on private lands and only with expressed consent from the owner. Night hunting is also only allowed for predator animals, so don’t try it with any of the other animals on this list. For the archery hunter, coyotes are fun game. Coyote calls can bring in large packs and there are almost no restrictions on bag limits, decoys, or hunting season.
The hunting experience is not the only reason to visit Wyoming. Anyone who has been to the state will tell you to go to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Everyone should see this breathtaking sight at least once in his or her life. The intense pink and yellow stained rock faces span to a width of 4,000 feet. When you see the stunning views of the Upper, Lower, and Crystal Falls, you will understand why you should not miss this awe-inspiring sight on your way to your next hunt.
There you go – we’d be surprised if you actually read this far, before running to get your Wyoming hunting license, or checking out the details of Wyoming hunting seasons for your next hunting trip. Be sure to check in with the Division of Wildlife Resources for information on the WY hunting season for your target game, where and how to get a hunting license, Wyoming hunting regulations, Wyoming draw odds, and even the Wyoming Conservation Stamp to help support wildlife management