Bighorn Surprise

Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in the north-central part of the state support a sizable bear population. And this is one of the few places in the Lower 48 where baiting is still allowed, although strict rules govern both baits and bait sites. Spot-and-stalk hunting is possible here, though your chances of seeing a bear are not great. Baiting is definitely the best strategy, which means you'll have to either establish and maintain a bait site yourself or hire an outfitter. Most outfitters have operated here a long time and produce high-success hunts. For information on outfitters who hunt the Bighorns, contact the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association (P.O. Box 2284, Cody, WY 82414; 307-527-7453).