Why does Carbon County attract so many hunters? A variety of terrains from deep evergreen forests and high mountain deserts to riparian areas along Carbon County’s many rivers provides habit for a wide variety of wild game species. If hunting is on your agenda, southern Wyoming is unparalleled. As the least populated state in the union, Wyoming’s wide open spaces offers some of the best hunting opportunities to be found. In fact, Outdoor Life Magazine named Saratoga the 8th best town in America for sportsmen (out of 200) in 2010.
The Snowy Range, Sierra Madre Range and surrounding area are home to a number of big and small game animals. Pronghorn antelope (more than 15,000 in the Platte River Valley alone), mule deer (more than 40,000), white-tailed deer, elk (more than 15,000), moose, black bear, mountain lion and bighorn sheep are the big game animals available. Blue grouse, sage grouse, ducks, geese, wild turkey, morning doves and cottontail rabbits are the common small game. BLM, National Forest and State lands offer plenty of accessible public lands with a great variety of terrain.
Ready to start planning a hunting trip for next year? Nonresident big game licenses are distributed by a lottery system. Hunting applications must be submitted January through March.
Game bird and small game licenses may be purchased from the Wyoming Game & Fish Dept., local sporting good stores and outdoor shops. Hunt Area maps are available from local government agencies and retailers.
Source: VIP’s Snowy Range & Sierra Madre Mountain Recreation Guide.