WYOGA ~ Guiding America since 1959

Wyoming Outfitters & Guides Association

Guiding America since 1959

photo by Mark Gocke

Sy Gilliland

Greetings from the president of WYOGA!

Thank you for your interest in the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association.

WYOGA members are dedicated professionals striving to give their clients a wonderful outdoor experience. Whether you are looking for an outstanding hunting or fishing trip, back country pack trip, or one of the many other year round outdoor recreational activities provided by these professionals, you are sure to go home with memories that will last a lifetime.

Over the years, WYOGA has fought legislatively to ensure resident and non-resident sportsmen continue to have the proper allocation of licenses to pursue big game and trophy game animals. The members also spend countless hours and resources on the issues that concern sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, such as delisting of the grizzly bear, wolf and predator control, and access to public lands.

Wyoming’s abundant wildlife, scenic beauty and friendly people make this great state one of the premier destinations in North America. Come experience what the “Cowboy State” has to offer.

Sy Gilliland
Sy Gilliland, President
Wyoming Outfitters & Guides Association

WYOGA Featured Outfitter

Big Game Awards

Click here to view the 2018 Big Game Awards results for the 2017 hunt season

Our sponsors of the Big Game Awards: Dallas Safari Club

Wild Sheep Foundation

Wyoming License Application Deadlines

Elk: Non-residents: Jan. 31
Elk: Residents: May 31
Deer: May 31
Antelope: May 31
Moose: Feb. 28
Bighorn Sheep: Feb. 28
Mountain Goat: Feb. 28
Spring Wild Turkey: Jan. 31

Wyoming Game & Fish Department helpful links

Outfitter-Client Yearly Statistics

Wyoming State Board of Outfitters & Professional Guides

Year End Statistics: 2018         Outfitters: 316

Species# of ClientsSuccessful %
Black Bear1367958%
Mountain Goat1212100%
Mountain Lion845161%
*The actual number of individuals utilizing the services of licensed outfitters may be slightly less than the totals reflected above due to some clients hunting more than one species.

Preference Points explained

Unraveling the Preference Points Mystery

by Jim Schell, Rough Country Outfitters & Guides

"WHAT THE HECK DO YOU MEAN, I didn't draw my dang Wyoming elk license again!!!" I'm sure most of us have either said, or at least heard this very statement, quickly followed by a few other choice words of disappointment! So, if you are like many non-resident sportsmen, you have at least a few questions surrounding Wyoming's big game preference points system.

In an effort to help folks better understand how the preference points system works, a few facts, figures, opinions and application strategies will be presented. Understanding the dynamics of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's big game license drawing may be of real benefit to you in successfully drawing that coveted antelope, deer, elk, bighorn sheep or Shiras moose license, when, where and how you wish to hunt them in future years!

The economic impact of big game hunting in Wyoming

  • Big game hunters spent $224 million in the 2015 season in Wyoming
  • Big game hunters generated 3,100 Wyoming jobs in 2015
  • Non-Resident hunters were responsible for 51% of jobs created
  • Guided hunters contribute 14 times more tax revenue to the state
These results are contained in a study commissioned by the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association and its partners, and produced by Southwick Associates. You can download the summary report here, and the full report here.

Elk is the most targeted species by resident and guided nonresident hunters.

Antelope and mule deer are the most targeted species by unguided nonresident hunters.

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