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Wyoming Hunting Seasons

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Wyoming, known for its open skies and cowboys, is too often overlooked as a vacation or retirement destination, even though it offers some of the best skiing and hiking in the West. Not only does it boast incredible National Parks, specifically Yellowstone and Grand Teton, but this expansive state also offers a variety of other cultural and historical destinations. Perhaps what this 44th state is most known for, though, is its incomparable hunting. 

While ranking tenth in area, Wyoming has the lowest residential population in the United States. This translates to miles and miles of open space and unforgettable landscape. You will never be at a loss for something to do, with city attractions like Cheyenne's Frontier Days in July and the Wildwest Winter Carnival in Riverton in January and February. Rodeos, car shows and hot air balloon rides are just a few of the adventures you can take part in at these events.

But truth be told, if you are familiar with Wyoming, you already know it's not the cultural epicenter of the northwest. Though the state does have much to offer, people typically visit for the wildlife. Annually, most of Wyoming's tourists come to take part in the state's hunting season. According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, licenses for moose and bighorn sheep are most in demand, and as a result, the most difficult to secure. Based on a system of draws and preference points, the process is highly competitive. Whether you're an avid hunter or you are just getting started, wouldn't you like to increase your chances of winning the privilege to hunt this coveted territory? 

Per Wyoming State Statute, 75% of each season's quota is allocated to residents. Similar to most states, residency is rewarded by offering more licenses to those who live in Wyoming year-round. Investing in the state by purchasing land greatly increases your chances of being able to enjoy all that Wyoming has to offer. Between bison and elk sightings, trophy game hunting of gray wolf, black bear, and mountain lion, to Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park, this place needs to be at the top of your list when looking to make a land investment.

In Wyoming, hunting seasons generally start in September and continue through the fall and winter. Elk and deer hunting typically run from October to December, along with turkey and black bear. The deadline for completing an application for a Wyoming-approved license is January 31st, and though it's too late for this year, it is certainly not too early to make plans for next year. Reciprocity is recognized, so a license that meets Wyoming's standards is accepted as well.

For the most up-to-date information about hunting guidelines, visit Wyoming Game and Fish Department online at http://gf.state.wy.us/web2011/hunting-1000045.aspx. Miles of endless sky and thriving wildlife make Wyoming the ideal outdoorsman's destination, especially if you are seeking one of the best hunting experiences in the country.