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Wyoming expands youth hunting opportunities as new law takes effect

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

CASPER, Wyo. — A new law took effect Thursday, July 1 that will expand some youth hunting opportunities in Wyoming.

Youth hunters will be able to pursue big game or trophy animals at 11 years old if they will turn 12 years old by the end of the calendar year under the new rules.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Thursday they have filed an emergency rule to modify Chapter 44 — licensing regulations to comply with the new law passed by the Wyoming Legislature this spring.

That new law lowered the minimum age to purchase a big or trophy game license.

Game and Fish says that the emergency rule will be in effect for 120 days.

“The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will finalize this change at their November 2021 meeting,” the department said. “Youth hunters are required to successfully complete a hunter education course before heading afield, unless accompanied by a mentor. A course listing is available online.”