Wyoming Game & Fish employees Matt and Bart share some tips below:
Whether you are just spending an afternoon hunting pheasants close to home or embarking on a weeklong elk hunt in the backcountry, there are some common preparation tips every hunter should keep in mind.
- Always tell someone where you are going and for how long.
- Be prepared for the worst. No matter what you are hunting, having basic survival items with you could mean the difference between life and death.
- Watch the weather forecast. There is no point in getting caught off guard and putting yourself and others in danger.
- Have yourself and your hunting/camping equipment in good working order. This means getting yourself in physical shape, and having all your hunting equipment, including your vehicle, ready to work and perform.
- Read and know the hunting regulations and laws. These regulations and laws can change from year to year, so being knowledgeable of these and other hunting requirements may save you from getting in trouble. If have questions, please contact Game and Fish prior to going afield,
- Have your firearm or bow sighted in, and be proficient at making good clean shots.
If you are a first time Wyoming hunter or planning to hunt in a new area, we suggest you do some homework before you go. The Game and Fish has an awesome Hunt Planner tool. Hunt Planner has information for all the hunt areas in the state, including interactive maps, walk-in areas, hunter management areas, current season dates and local game warden and biologist contact information.
BLM and Forest Service maps, Google Earth, and onX Maps are all good sources of information for learning the terrain and habitats, where the private and public lands are located and figuring out the road and trail systems. If you plan to hunt on private land, seek landowner permission as early as you can; before you purchase a license is recommended.
We encourage all hunters heading out this upcoming season to use some good common sense. Make a list of everything you will need to do and bring from start to finish. Write it all down and keep it active. Be safe out there and enjoy your 2019 Wyoming hunting experiences.