Wyoming Cow Elk Hunting

Wyoming Cow Elk Hunt – Rifle

Regular Application Deadline – Elk: Jan. 31

Leftover License Draw Opens – Cow Elk: June 19

Wyoming Cow Elk hunting is one the most sought-after meat hunts for migratory and free ranging big game animals.

Our lodge hunts lay within the boundaries of several areas with large herds of cow and calf elk, which allow us easy access and the ability to hunt the best general areas in Wyoming.  Our season typically runs from the 1st of November thru the 23rd of November, offering us a wide range of hunting opportunities, such as hunting cows in their migration moving thru transition country and when they finally reach the winter range.

Along with hunting in an area with superior genetics and low pressure, another key to success in an elk hunt is our preseason scouting.  Forty-five to sixty days prior to our first hunt, we are glassing with high quality optics in the mornings and evenings, which always prove beneficial to our clients and contributes greatly to the odds of harvesting while on your hunt.

Our hunts take place in Western Wyoming’s high country, with elevations ranging from 6,000 feet to 8,000 feet and over in many cases.  You will be hunting alpine bowls, timber areas, cedar breaks and sagebrush plains.

Rifle Cow Elk Hunts

Area 94 – Late Season

Requires Conservation Stamp

& Elk Special Management Permit

Season Dates: Nov. 1 – Nov. 12 General

Season Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 Type 6 Area Wide

Season Dates: Nov. 1 – Dec. 10 Type 7 North of Middle Piney

Wall-tent camp or Town Hunt

3-day | 2+-on-1

Hunt Details

A Day At Camp

Mornings begin at 4:00 am with a hearty breakfast and discussion of plans for the day. After breakfast, you and your guide head out well before daylight for a full day of hunting. At your destination, you’ll spend most of the day glassing and locating elk herds with binoculars and/or a spotting scope. Our time is focused on areas where we’ve historically found and recently located herds in our scouting efforts. Once we spot your game, we plan our stalk carefully and hike to a vantage point where you can make your shot.


The Wyoming Game & Fish Department manages regulations and licensing for all hunting and fishing in the state, and you must be eligible to purchase a valid license and any additional permits or stamps before booking your trip with us. We recommend allowing Best Of the West Outfitters to process your license applications, preference points, etc., or you can manage your own application online.

Please review our Licensing Overview page for more information on WG&FD deadlines and fees.


Cost / Deposit

Contact us for our current price list, dates and contract.

If you draw a license, a non-refundable deposit of 50%  of the quoted trip price will reserve your dates for the year. The balance is due 60 days prior to your hunt dates, or you may pay with cash the day before your hunt begins.

Your quoted trip price does not include costs for:

What to Bring

Please review our What to Bring page for a complete list of required and suggested gear. For products we use, trust and recommend, view our Links page.

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    Clothing: synthetic, wool and/or waterproof outerwear, broken-in hiking boots and gaiter, stocking cap, socks, etc.
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    Personal Gear: Water bottle with filter, prescription medications, lip balm and sunscreen, toiletries, etc.
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    Hunt Gear: Hunting license and relevant certification stamps, day back-pack, headlamps, scent eliminator, knives and sharpeners, game bags, range finder, rifle, scope, covers, and two boxes of ammunition, etc.


Other Hunts


The Wyoming Range has long been known for its excellent deer habitat and herd genetics. The key to a successful mule deer hunt is excellent pre-season scouting by professional guides at Best of the West..


Bighorn sheep are a jewel in any hunters crown. Our bighorn sheep hunts take place in Western Wyoming’s high country, with elevations up to 7,000 feet and over 10,000 feet in many cases.


Best of the West hunt dates for moose run September 15th to October 31st, and the most successful hunting dates are always during the rut.