Many Elk and Deer Seasons Open October 15th in Wyoming
Persons who have hunted Wyoming frequently know that the state does not have a uniform opening date for all big game species, but there are many areas that share the same opening date. For deer and elk the most common openers are Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. For holders of general licenses, this provides hunters the ability to hunt openers for a number of different areas.
Both residents and nonresidents who hold general elk licenses can hunt in any general license area in the state. There are general elk areas in most national forests in the state including Medicine Bow, Bighorn, Targhee, Wasatch, Bridger-Teton and Shoshone. Wyoming’s other national forest, the Black Hills, is limited quota for elk.
Deer hunters who have general licenses also have a number of choices on hunting locations. As with elk, residents can hunt any general deer license area in the state. General licenses for nonresidents are divided into regions, and nonresident hunters can hunt any general licenses area within their region. For example, a nonresident who has a Region A deer license could hunt any or all of the six general license hunt areas within that region but could not hunt the 10 general license hunt areas in Region B.
Some deer and elk areas are limited quota only, and both residents and nonresidents hunting those areas must have the limited quota license for that specific hunt area. Some limited quota deer areas are within the boundaries of nonresident deer regions, and those areas are off limits to general license holders.
The deer and elk regulations list the complete information on hunting season dates and limited quota and general license areas. Regulations are available on the Game and Fish Web site or at license agents throughout the state. Hunters with questions can call the Game and Fish at (307) 777-4600.