Regulation Governing Firearm Cartridges and Archery Equipment

Authority and Regulation Overview

  • Authority: This regulation is established under the authority of Wyoming Statutes §§ 23-1-302, 23-2-104, 23-3-110, and 23-3-111.
  • Purpose: The regulation governs the use of firearm cartridges and archery equipment for hunting big or trophy game animals and game birds.

Definitions

  • Archery Equipment: Includes crossbows, longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, arrows, and bolts.
  • Expanding Point Bullet: A bullet designed to create a wound channel larger than its diameter.
  • Smart Firearm: Firearms with computerized targeting systems that automatically discharge at a calculated point.
  • Trackable Arrow Technology: Technology or devices allowing hunting arrows to be tracked or located in the field, such as lighted arrow nocks or GPS devices in arrow shafts.

Legal Firearms, Muzzle-Loaders, and Cartridges

  • For Bighorn Sheep, Elk, Moose, Mountain Goat, Black Bear:

    • Center-fire firearm of at least .24 caliber with a cartridge of at least two inches in overall length using an expanding point bullet, or
    • Muzzle-loading rifle/handgun of at least .40 caliber using an expanding point bullet/lead ball with a charge of at least fifty grains of black powder or equivalent, or
    • Shotgun firing “00” or larger buckshot, or a slug.
  • For Antelope, Deer, Mountain Lion, Gray Wolf:

    • Center-fire firearm of at least .22 caliber (excluding .22 Hornet) with a bullet weight of at least sixty grains and a cartridge of at least two inches in overall length using an expanding point bullet, or
    • Muzzle-loading rifle/handgun of at least .40 caliber using an expanding point bullet/lead ball with a charge of at least fifty grains of black powder or equivalent, or
    • Shotgun firing “00” or larger buckshot, or a slug.
  • For Grizzly Bear:

    • Center-fire firearm of at least .27 caliber with a bullet weight of at least 150 grains and a cartridge of at least two inches in overall length using an expanding point bullet, or
    • Muzzle-loading rifle/handgun of at least .50 caliber using an expanding point bullet/lead ball with a charge of at least one hundred grains of black powder or equivalent, or
    • Shotgun firing “00” or larger buckshot, or a slug.

Archery Equipment for Big or Trophy Game Animals

  • For Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Black Bear, Deer, Mountain Goat, Mountain Lion, Gray Wolf:

    • Longbow, recurve bow, or compound bow of not less than forty pounds draw weight with an arrow equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead.
  • For Elk, Grizzly Bear, Moose:

    • Longbow, recurve bow, or compound bow of not less than fifty pounds draw weight with an arrow equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead.
  • For Crossbow Use:

    • Crossbow with a peak draw weight of at least ninety pounds and a bolt of at least sixteen inches in length equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead.
  • Additional Archery Equipment Regulations:

    • Trackable arrow technology is permissible.
    • Electronic tracking devices that transfer from arrow to game are not permitted.
    • Magnifying sights, holographic sights, and range-finding sights are allowed.

Prohibition of Smart Firearms

  • Smart Firearms: The use of smart firearms is prohibited for hunting any game bird, big game, or trophy game animal.

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