Wyoming Statewide Overview
A Break-Down of G&F Rules, Regulations, and Hunting Units
Rocky Mountain Big Game Hunting can be an exhilarating and once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, it’s not easy to figure out which unit, which season, and which species to apply for. Your options used to be to do your homework through the Game and Fish Department’s online PDFs, or to pick up a book in person. Here at DIY Hunting Maps, we’ve decided to simplify the process, taking all available information and laying it out in a way that’s easy to understand and easy to navigate. As you can see on the left, we’ve broken the entire Wyoming big-game hunting process into 4 simple categories.
- State Overview – This is where you’ll find all the necessary information about applying: how it works, what things mean, and what to expect as you go through the process of applying for Elk, Deer, or Antelope licenses. These 13 Sections take the entire Hunting Information and Applications Booklet and break it down. As you click through the different pages, notice we’ve given an index at the top that will take you to the section you’re interested in. There’s no more scrolling or flipping back and forth through pages and pages of material to find what you need. All of the info from the Hunting Information and Applications Booklet can be found here.
- Elk, Deer, and Antelope Hunting – Once you get a feel for the application process and are familiar with the information provided above, you’re ready to start looking directly at the species you want to hunt. This is where we break it down further, so you can hone in on the perfect unit, and have easy access to all the relevant information specific to your hunt.
- Statewide Unit Map – Traditionally, you’ve needed to review two PDF files to find out which unit you want to hunt. This means you’ve had to get a copy of the regulations for your specific species, get the general hunting regulations, pull up the harvest reports, view 3 different PDF files for both preference points, and draw odds. Not only is this a lot of work, but unless you have multiple computer monitors, you’ve had to print them out and keep them organized as you pick through this information. Well we thought of an easier way to get this information, and that’s what you’ll find on this website. Whether you’re looking at Elk, Antelope, or Deer, every single unit for each of the species has a webpage within this site. On these pages we’ve compiled the important information you need to know in order to pick the best unit for you. You’ll find Harvest Statistics, Draw Odds, Preference Points, and much, much more. To get to your unit’s page, simply choose your species, click on the “Statewide Unit Map” tab, and use the Map to find your unit. You can also select your unit number from the list below the Map. To help those who aren’t used to these tables, we’ve given you a small cheat sheet below.
- Harvest Statistics – This is a record of the total harvest of animals in each unit. Some important things to pay attention to are the number of hunters, overall success rate, and how many bulls or bucks where taken. These stats take a long time to compile, so don't be shocked if the data is a few years old.
- Preference Points and Draw Odds – In some units, it’s simply tougher to draw a license. There are also special licenses for non-residents that can complicate the matter. So after you narrow down a few potential units, be sure to use these to figure out what your chances are of realistically drawing that unit anytime soon.
- Compare Units – If you find it difficult to decide between a few units, we’ve integrated a “Compare Units” feature so you can compare the differences side-by-side. Maybe it’s elevation, or the number of hunters you need to compare. Whatever it is that makes you pick one unit over another, this is the place to figure it out.
- Elk Hunting Information – In addition to the General Hunting Information, each species will have Special Rules and Regulations. These Special Rules and Regulations are set in early spring. We’ve organized and linked them, so you can quickly access the parts that are important to you.