Hunting / Outfitters
Hunters have tremendous opportunity to hunt big game animals that migrate to national forest and wilderness areas outside Yellowstone Park boundaries. Gateway communities can offer regional hunting information.
Where can I go hunting near Yellowstone?
Hunting is prohibited within Yellowstone National Park boundaries but big game, upland birds, and various waterfowl can be hunted in season on public and national forest area land near Park boundaries. Opportunities are also available on on private land (60 million acres in Montana alone) when owners grant permission.
Popular hunting locations near Yellowstone include the Teton Wilderness in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Northwest Wyoming (near the Southeastern corner of the park), Gallatin National Forest and the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, and Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho.
What can I hunt in the greater Yellowstone area?
- Mule and White Tail Deer
- Black and Grizzly Bear
- Gray Wolf
- Bighorn Sheep
- Mountain Lion
Where can I obtain a hunting license and tag?
Fees vary each year by state, type of game tag, and date of application. Licenses generally require successful completion of a state Hunter Safety Course.
- Montana: Contact Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for in and out of state resident license requirements online or at 406-444-2535.
- Wyoming: Contact Wyoming Game and Fish Department for in and out of state resident license requirements online or at 307-777-4600.
- Idaho: Contact Idaho Fish and Game for in and out of state resident licensee requirements online or at 208-334-3700.
Can I hire a guide?
Increase your odds of a successful hunt by hiring an experienced guide familiar with the terrain and get all the gear you need from the suppliers/outfitters listed here. Guide packages can provide horses, lodging, and assistance processing harvested game. These area experts can also assist you with special hunting permit information and tag drawings.