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Hunting in Wyoming: 8 Animals to Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Thursday, 07 January 2016 03:45 PM

Hunting in the wintry landscape of Wyoming offers numerous opportunities to take both big and small game.

“In addition to some great hunting, Wyoming has absolutely fantastic landscapes. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful part of the country,” Hunting Season HQ said about the state’s hunting opportunities.

Here are eight animals to hunt during Wyoming winters, and several animals that can be trapped.

1. Pheasant
Pheasants are a favorite game bird to hunt during the winters, and according to Hunting Season HQ, pheasant season begins on Oct. 1 and continues through to the end of January the following year. Daily limits of five birds are in effect, as is a total limit of 15 animals. Specifics on season dates, licenses, and other hunting information is available from the Wyoming Fish and Game Department. Keep in mind that there are application date cut-offs for many licenses, available on the state website.

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2. Rabbit and Hare
Hunting Season HQ also reported the rabbit and hare season runs from Sept. 1 to Mar. 1 of the following year. Cottontail rabbits have a daily limit of 10 animals with a possession limit of 20 rabbits. Snowshoe hares are limited to four per day and eight in total.

3. Red, Gray, and Fox Squirrels
The season on these animals runs about the same as that of the rabbits and hares, and the limits are also the same.

4. Wild Bison
One of the most exciting hunting opportunities available during the winter is for wild bison. The hunting season for bison begins in the middle of August and runs through the middle of January the following year, the WGFD said. Hunters can take a wild bison using legal firearms, archery equipment, or muzzle-loading firearms.

The number of opportunities for hunting wild bison is relatively low. There are relatively few licenses allotted for bison and only one animal can be harvested per license. Additionally, they can only be hunted in Jackson area, located in the northwestern part of the state.

5. Elk
This is one of the most popular big-game animals in Wyoming, and its hunting season typically covers at least part of the winter months.

6. Moose
“Western Wyoming is known for producing trophy bull moose,” according to Trophy Mountain Outfitters. “Each year we locate several bulls that range from 40-50 inches wide. Moose tags can be difficult to draw but in the end it is well worth the effort.”

Moose seasons set by the WGFD vary, with many starting in mid-October but just a few extending into November for winter hunting.

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7. Blue and Ruffed Grouse

The season for these birds extends typically to the end of November.

8. Partridge
This popular game bird typically has an open season from October through January.

9. Several animals with a winter trapping season
Additional hunting seasons are available for people who wish to trap their prey. Mink, bobcat, muskrat, beaver, marten, and weasel trapping seasons all begin in the fall and run until at least the first of March. Badgers provide Wyoming trappers with a year-round season. To make it even better for trappers, the WGFD said there is no limit to the number of mink, bobcats, muskrats, weasels, or badgers that trappers can take.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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