Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Wyoming

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Crossbow Regulations in Wyoming

  • Leverage gaining devices are prohibited in the state of Wyoming; however, certain disabled hunters may obtain a permit to use leverage gaining devices from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
  • No hunter is allowed to harvest trophy or big game with a crossbow during any special archery season without first purchasing an archery hunting permit as well as the proper hunting license.
  • Hunters are not required to obtain special archery permits for harvesting small game or game birds with crossbows. They do need to have the required hunting license for that specific species.
  • All hunters seeking to harvest trophy game are required to display fluorescent hunter orange in the form of a shirt; hat; jacket; sweater; or vest so that it is visible to other hunters. The same is required when harvesting pheasant upon Wyoming Department Wildlife Management Areas. This is not required for harvesting game birds or small game; however, it is strongly advised.
  • Remember that a pheasant management stamp must be obtained to harvest pheasant upon WDWMAs.
  • Crossbows must have a draw weight of no less than 90 pounds.
  • They must have a draw length of no less than 14 inches from the front of the crossbow to the rear of the string while in the cocked position.
  • Crossbows must feature a functioning, positive mechanical safety.
  • Bolts must be no less than 16 inches.
  • The cutting edges must be no less than 1 inch in width.
  • Cutting edges must be sharpened steel.

Changes to Regulations

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  1. I believe the regulation not allowing leverage gaining devices for hunting has been dropped in Wyoming. I am from Oregon and will be hunting Wyoming this year in archery season. I am still recovering from a shoulder injury and looked into this. Please verify on your own. Love your website. VERY helpful!!!

  2. I just bought a Ten Point crossbow and it has the accudraw cranking devise. My crossbow has a 180 pound draw weight. So I sssume that I cannot hunt with my crossbow in Wyoming.

  3. Current Wyoming regulations on Crossbows is as follows:
    Section 6. Archery equipment that is legal for the taking of big or trophy game animals.
    (c) For the taking of any big or trophy game animal with a crossbow, a hunter shall use a crossbow having a peak draw weight of at least ninety (90) pounds and a bolt of at least sixteen (16) inches in length equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seveneighths (7/8) inch solid ring.

    Also says this with regard to cocking aids:
    …the old regulation requiring crossbows to be cocked by hand without aid of a leverage gaining device is no longer applicable.


  4. I’m looking to hunt in wyoming archery bearseason 2020. I recently had back surgery and considering using a crossbow. Want to make sure I can before spending money to do this. Kendall

  5. Kendall as I have seen by reading the current regulations you can hunt black bear in Wyoming with a crossbow as long as the following applies…must have at least a 90lb draw weight, have bolts at least 16″ in length and broadheads must not be able to passthrough a seveneights inch solid ring. It goes without saying that you of course need the proper licence prior to hunting. I hope this helps.

  6. I was wondering for permit for crossbow hunting in Wyoming? I had a crossbow permit cause I couldn’t pull a compound bow for disability. My family are going to Wyoming and buy property in buffalo, Wyoming. Thanks for your time.

  7. I want to hunt elk during the 2021 season, I want to use my ten point Vapor 470, this bow has a draw weight of 225 lbs, the speed rating is 470 f/s, the bolt is 20″ long, the bow length is 31″, cocking the bow requires a crank that requires less than 10 lbs. of torque. I’m also considering a scope with built in range finder by Garmin, my question is, is this bow legal for hunting elk in Wyoming?

    Thanks for any information

    Michael W. Shepherd

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