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Welcome to the 2022-2023 Wyoming Hunting Regulations

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Excitement for 2022

By Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish Director

Dear Hunters,
I recently saw a debate about whether the opening day of hunting season was more exciting than Christmas morning. If you’re anything like me — it’s not just the first day that is enthralling. It’s every stalk, every bugle, everytime my finger inches toward the trigger. The passion never quits, and I’m looking forward to a great 2022 season.

As the director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and a fellow hunter,

I want to say thank you. Hunting is conservation in its most historic and pure form.

Your deep appreciation for Wyoming’s wild animals and wild places is reflected in the tremendous diversity and abundance of wildlife we have in our state — both hunted and not hunted. Your support is incredibly important to the department, too. The majority of our funding comes from sportspeople.

As conservationists, understanding these rules and holding yourself to the highest level of hunting ethics and safety benefits wildlife and all who enjoy it. You are the model for future generations of hunters who will fill your boot prints on the trails. These Antelope, Deer and Elk Hunting Regulations are meant to help you be more knowledgeable and confident on Wyoming’s laws and regulations while you work to fill the freezer.

It’s in the best interest of wildlife and hunters that we all maintain vigilance in taking good care of our diverse habitats. When you’re on the ground, I urge you to remain true to the land ethic all hunters expect of each other. Use ATVs responsibly, be careful with campfires and respect private property rights.

And as far as personal safety goes, carry plenty of water and keep an eye on the sky for quickly-changing weather conditions. Make it a goal for Wyoming Search and Rescue teams to have a boring fall.

I’m looking forward to the season, and I hope you are, too. Take in the land and marvel in the wonder that is the Wyoming outdoors. I wish you the best of luck in your harvest pursuits. And last but not least, don’t forget to think about our young aspiring hunters by giving them new opportunities to experience the things that keep seasoned hunters coming back season after season. Inspire a kid; it’s for life!