National Elk Refuge elk hunting season begins October 8
by National Elk Refuge
October 7, 2011
The annual elk hunting season on the National Elk Refuge will begin on Saturday, October 8 and conclude on the evening of Sunday, December 11. The hunting program helps manage and sustain elk population objectives set in cooperation with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, which includes 11,000 animals for the Jackson elk herd and 5,000 elk wintering on the refuge. Biologists and administrators from both agencies make annual changes in the hunting program to reflect current conditions and desired outcomes.
New this season, all refuge elk hunting permits will be valid for either the North or South hunt units; hunters must understand and comply with weapons restrictions based on the area where they will be hunting. Elk hunting information and regulations, including details on the permit application process, refuge access and travel, and retrieval of harvested animals, can be found at www.fws.gov/nationalelkrefuge/NERHuntingRegs.htm. Hunters are responsible for reading the National Elk Refuge hunting regulations specific to their designated area and to have a current copy of these rules available when hunting.
Persons using public roads within the boundaries of the National Elk Refuge, including Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek roads, are encouraged to familiarize themselves with hunt boundaries and be aware that hunters may be in the area. Several additional roads and parking areas are opened on the refuge during the hunting season, but only to persons with a valid hunt permit specific to that area.
Maps of the hunt area can be obtained on-line or at the following Jackson, Wyoming locations:
Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, 532 North Cache Street
National Elk Refuge Administrative Office, 675 East Broadway Street, Jackson, Wyoming
Wyoming Game & Fish Department, 420 North Cache Street, Jackson, Wyoming
For additional information on the refuge elk and bison hunting programs, please call the National Elk Refuge Administrative Office at 307-733-9212.