Antelope Hunting on Public Land in Wyoming

by Zach Lazzari
Wyoming has an abundance of antelope.

Wyoming has an abundance of antelope.

Wyoming has a large population of antelope and a large area of public lands. The large herds make it possible to obtain an antelope tag over the counter. There are several areas with smaller populations and trophy-size antelope, but the tags can still be obtained by entering the lottery drawing each year.

National Forest

Wyoming is rich with forest service lands, some of which support large numbers of antelope. The Thunder Basin National Grasslands is a favorite region for antelope, and the Medicine Bow, Shoshone, Bighorn and Bridger-Teton National Forests are large areas of land with antelope populations.

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management lands are scattered throughout the state. The lands are open for hunting and range in size. BLM lands are labeled on topographical maps and many of the lands connect with Forest Service and State Lands. The lower elevation grasslands hold large numbers of antelope, and most of the lands have roads available for hunting access.

State Lands

The state of Wyoming has public lands and parks. The state also has hunting leases for walk-in access. The leases are on private lands and are limited to foot access. Many of the lands have hunting for antelope and elk, as well as upland game and turkey. Many of the state lands are not labeled on topographical maps because they have been recently acquired by the state. Check the fish and game commission maps for updates about new state lands.


The amount of public lands and the large number of antelope make it possible to secure a hunt in most years. There is also a high success rate among antelope hunters in Wyoming. There are opportunities for trophy hunts in limited regions, but the high numbers mean average-size antelope.

Expert Insight

It is possible to kill more than a single antelope on public lands in some years. Wyoming has enacted emergency hunts to reduce the antelope herds. This helps prevent overpopulation and stunted growth. Monitor the updates provided by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and look for emergency tags to secure an extra hunt.

About the Author

Zach Lazzari is a freelance outdoor writer specializing in hunting, fly fishing and the general outdoors. He guided fly fishing trips for 10 years in Colorado, Alaska, Montana and Patagonia-Chile. Zach lives in Montana and splits time between the river and keyboard.

Photo Credits

  • solitary antelope standing image by Brenton W Cooper from Fotolia.com