Youth receive some hunter training at the 2018 Wyoming Outdoors Expo in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming is lowering the minimum age for kids to hunt big game trophy animals.
Under current law, youth must be at least 12 years old in order to take a big game or trophy animal. Starting July 1, 2021, youth who are 11 years old but will turn 12 by the end of the calendar year will be eligible to take a big game trophy animal.
The minimum hunting age will be lowered because Governor Mark Gordon signed House Bill 115 into law on Monday.
In Wyoming, anyone hunting for a big game or trophy animal under the age of 14 has to be accompanied “at all times” by someone 18 years of age or older.
That adult accompanying the youth hunter must either:
possess a firearm safety certificate
hold a current big game hunting license
have been issued a big game license in the last five years