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 hunting unit, which hunting 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.


  • Hunting Overview – This is where all the rules, regulations, and other information about hunting elk, deer, or antelope in Wyoming can be found.  Whether you're looking about ATV laws, using horse, automatic weapons, or blaze orange requirements for Big Game Hunting, a tab on the left will help you find that information. 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 Big Game Hunting Information and Big Game Hunting Applications Booklet can be found here.


  • Elk, Deer, and Antelope Hunting – Once you get a feel for the Wyoming Big Game 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 – We've thought of an easier way to get Big Game Hunting Information. Whether you’re looking at Elk, Antelope, or Deer Information, 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 hunting 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 hunting 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 big game 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 for elk, deer and antelope.


    • 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.