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Game Bird Hunting Regulations in Wyoming

Section 1: Regulatory Authority

  • Statutory Basis: These regulations are established under the authority of Wyoming Statutes § 23-1-302 and § 23-2-105.

Designated Hunting Areas

  • Area 1: Comprises specific counties and designated portions within them, including Big Horn, Fremont, and others, with certain exclusions based on geographic boundaries like highways and county roads.
  • Area 2: Encompasses the entire state of Wyoming, excluding the lands described in Areas 1, 3, and 4.
  • Area 3: Covers all lands in the Snake River drainage within Lincoln, Sublette, and Teton counties.
  • Area 4: Defined by specific boundaries involving state lines, highways, and county lines, covering parts of several counties including Sheridan, Big Horn, and others.

Section 2: Specific Hunting Regulations

(a) Bag and Possession Limit

  • Limit Per Day: Hunters are allowed only one daily bag limit of each species of upland game birds and small game per day, irrespective of the number of hunt areas visited.
  • Daily and Possession Limits: When hunting in more than one area, the daily and possession limits must not exceed the largest limit prescribed for any of the hunt areas being hunted.

(b) Evidence of Sex and Species

  • Identification Requirement: Hunters must keep natural evidence of sex and species attached to the carcass of any upland game bird. This includes the feathered head, wing, or foot for pheasants, and one fully feathered wing for other game bird species.

(c) Nontoxic Shot Requirement

  • Shotgun Ammunition Restrictions: Only nontoxic shot may be used for hunting game birds and small game with a shotgun in the Table Mountain and Springer wildlife habitat management areas, and on all national wildlife refuges open for hunting.

(d) Required Clothing for Pheasant Hunting

  • Safety Clothing: Hunters targeting pheasants within the boundaries of Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Habitat Management Areas or on Bureau of Reclamation Withdrawal lands near Glendo State Park must visibly wear at least one outer garment of fluorescent orange or pink. This includes hats, shirts, jackets, coats, vests, or sweaters.

Documents Required for Upland Game Bird Hunting in Wyoming

Resident Requirements

Under Age 14

  • Resident Daily/12 Month Game Bird or Small Game Hunting License: Not Required
  • Hunter Safety Certificate: Required
  • Wyoming Conservation Stamp: Not Required
  • Pheasant Special Management Permit: Required

Ages 14 and Older

  • Resident Daily/12 Month Game Bird or Small Game Hunting License: Required
  • Hunter Safety Certificate: Required
  • Wyoming Conservation Stamp: Required
  • Pheasant Special Management Permit: Required

Nonresident Requirements

Under Age 14

  • Nonresident Daily/12 Month Game Bird/Small Game Hunting License: Not Required
  • Nonresident 12 Month Youth Game Bird/Small Game Hunting License: Not Required
  • Hunter Safety Certificate: Required
  • Wyoming Conservation Stamp: Not Required
  • Pheasant Special Management Permit: Required

Ages 14 through 17

  • Nonresident Daily/12 Month Game Bird/Small Game Hunting License: Not Required
  • Nonresident 12 Month Youth Game Bird/Small Game Hunting License: Required
  • Hunter Safety Certificate: Required
  • Wyoming Conservation Stamp: Required
  • Pheasant Special Management Permit: Required

Ages 18 and Older

  • Nonresident Daily/12 Month Game Bird/Small Game Hunting License: Required
  • Nonresident 12 Month Youth Game Bird/Small Game Hunting License: Not Required
  • Hunter Safety Certificate: Required
  • Wyoming Conservation Stamp: Required
  • Pheasant Special Management Permit: Required
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