Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wyoming's archery season has started, no hunter ed required

They do things differently in Wyoming.

There the archery hunting season has all ready begun for pronghorn antelope and will start for most deer and elk areas on Sept. 1.

Perhaps most interesting of all is that Wyoming does not require bow hunting education or even hunter education certification before going hunting.

Wyoming law requires hunter education only for taking wildlife by use of a firearm, but, there are a number of other laws and regulations that affect archers.

The purchase of an archery permit, in addition to the hunting license and conservation stamp, is one such requirement.

Archers hunting in the special archery preseason will need to get an archery permit. The fee is $16 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. The archery permit for youth under 18 is $6 resident and $12 nonresident.

Oh, yes, one more thing. Wyoming is very liberal as to what archery hunting tools are allowed. These include permitting the use of crossbows.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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