Small game hunting opportunities continue


At this time of the year, most of the big game hunting seasons have ended, but small game hunting, including cottontail rabbits, continues. The hunting season for cottontails opened Sept. 1 and closes March 1.

“Hunting cottontail rabbits can be a great way to introduce young people to hunting, and with the abundance of cottontail rabbits observed in many areas of Wyoming during the fall of 2015, hunting opportunities should be plentiful,” said Bud Stewart, Information and Education Specialist in the Sheridan region.

Before heading out to hunt cottontail rabbits, get a small game license for anyone 14 years of age and older. Wyoming resident hunters 13 years of age and younger can hunt cottontail rabbits without a small game license, provided they have successfully completed a certified hunter safety course.

The daily bag limit for cottontails is 10 and the possession limit is 20. The shooting hours for small game animals begin one-half-hour before sunrise and end one-half-hour after sunset. It is illegal to hunt small game with the aid of artificial light.

Additional information on cottontail rabbit or other small game hunting can be obtained by contacting the Wyoming Game Fish Department website at, or by calling or visiting a Game and Fish Office.


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