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Wyoming legislators propose lower minimum big game, trophy hunting age

Youth receive some hunter training at the 2018 Wyoming Outdoors Expo in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Four Wyoming legislators are sponsoring a bill that would lower the state’s minimum big game or trophy animal hunting age.

Under current law, youth must be at least 12 years old in order to take a big game or trophy animal. House Bill 115 proposes allowing people 11 years old to take a big game or trophy animal if they will turn 12 years old by the end of the calendar year.

The legislation as drafted does not contemplate modifying other rules for youth hunting for big game or trophy animals. In Wyoming, anyone hunting for a big game or trophy animal under the age of 14 has to be accompanied “at all times” by someone 18 years of age or older.

That adult accompanying the youth hunter must either:

  • possess a firearm safety certificate
  • hold a current big game hunting license
  • have been issued a big game license in the last five years

“If the person accompanying the hunter under the age of fourteen (14) years is not the parent or guardian of the hunter, the hunter shall have in his possession a permission slip signed by his parent or guardian allowing him to hunt under supervision,” Wyoming Statue 23‑2‑102 states. “Each accompanying adult shall supervise not more than one (1) hunter under the age of fourteen (14) years.” 

“Any person under the age of fourteen (14) years applying for a license to hunt big or trophy game animals under this subsection shall have the application for the license co‑signed by his parent or legal guardian.”

House Bill 115 is sponsored by:

  • Rep. Paxton
  • Rep. Sommers
  • Sen. Driskill
  • Sen. Hicks