ELK ANTLER SHED HUNT INFORMATION
The Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest has issued a temporary special order that allows access to critical winter range at 6:00 a.m. on May 1, 2021. This aligns the opening time with the National Elk Refuge, and the timing of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commissions statute allowing shed and horn collection. See the full press release from the US Forest Service by CLICKING HERE. To learn more about the Elk Antler Shed Hunt on the US Forest Service website please CLICK HERE.
Town of Jackson Information
(Pre Shed Hunt Information)
- Overnight camping in vehicles on city streets in the Town of Jackson is prohibited.
- Overnight parking will be prohibited along East Broadway Avenue near the entrance to the Elk Refuge Road and in surrounding residential neighborhoods prior to the opening of the Elk Refuge Road.
- The Town of Jackson is requesting that antler collectors who choose to travel to Jackson for the opening of the antler shed hunt proceed to the west side of the Teton County Fairgrounds parking area (350 West Snow King Avenue). Members of the Jackson Police Department will be available on site between 6:00 AM on April 30, 2021 until 6:00 AM on May 1, 2021. There will be port-o-potties and a trash receptacle available for antler collectors to utilize. The Police will be able to provide additional information including current health orders and safety requirements while staging for this event. There will also be additional elk shed information available at this location.
- Elk shed antler hunters are requested to enter the Teton County Fairground via the eastern entrance on Snow King Avenue and check in with a member of the Jackson Police to receive line-up number and parking instructions in staging for the procession to the Elk Refuge Road on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 6:00 AM. Please note that this procession will be allowed first access onto the Elk Refuge Road on May 1, 2021.
- Antler hunters wishing to stall their horses prior to the opening antler collection hunt are asked to contact the Teton County Fair Office at (307) 733-5289 to make advanced reservations. If advanced stall reservations cannot be made, antler hunters are asked to put $20 (cash or check) in the honor box located outside the Fair Office. Please clean your stall(s) after use; rakes and wheelbarrows are available near the manure dump on the west side of the Grassy Area (map below).
- For additional information about staging at the Teton County Fairground parking lot prior to the Elk Shed please call the Jackson Police Department at (307) 733-1430.
Bridger Teton National Forest Information
Jackson Ranger District
GRIZZLY AND BLACK BEAR ACTIVITY has increased in this area. Special food storage regulations are in effect and apply to much of the Bridger-Teton National Forest (all of Buffalo Ranger District and all of Jackson Ranger Districts. In the interest of safety for people and bears, keep a clean camp and keep attractants unavailable to bears, Place your coolers in the cab of your truck or in a hard sided trailer. A cooler or any attractant left out and in the open is a food Storage violation and you may be cited.
BE EXTRA CAREFUL WITH CAMPFIRES. Choose an established site with a preexisting fire ring. Never leave your fire unattended. Completely extinguish your fire at night and before you leave camp. Have plenty of water available to put out your fire. If there is any heat, your fire is not out and may ignite again in the afternoon heat. Any individual leaving a fire left unattended may be cited.
All MOTOR VEHICLE USE MUST OCCUR ON DESIGNATED ROUTES, take the time to look at the Maps posted on the information kiosks at the forest boundaries. The Map displays what routes are open to motor vehicle use, when routes are open, and what class of vehicle is permitted (full-size vehicles, ATVs, or motorcycles). Maps are available on the BTNF website. Your cooperation will help protect road and trail surfaces, reduce resource impacts, and retain the abundance and diversity of wildlife Jackson Hole is known for. All ATV’s and OHV, must have a Wyoming state Sticker to operate on Forest Roads, know what roads or open, ask for a map when your purchase your state Sticker!
CAMPING LENGTH OF STAY IS LIMITED. The maximum length of occupancy at any site is five days on the Jackson and Blackrock Ranger Districts from May 1 – Labor Day. Camping is prohibited in the Snake River corridor (except in developed campgrounds) and in areas near the towns of Jackson and Wilson. After 5 days, a minimum of 30 days is required before returning to another campsite on the Districts. This regulation is meant to give everyone an opportunity to use the area.
TRASH AND HUMAN WASTE Undeveloped forest areas have no bathrooms or garbage facilities. Please don’t burn glass and metal in your campfire. Pack it out. Dig cat holes to bury human waste at least 100 feet from water sources. Leaving exposed human waste and toilet paper is unsanitary and ruins the experience for others.
PLAY, CLEAN, GO. Help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals. Clean your vehicle and gear before entering and when leaving the area. Use only certified weed-free hay.