Hunting Regulations at Shoshone National Forest

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36 CFR 261.58(cc),” Possessing or storing any food or refuse, as specified in the order.”

  • All food and other that might attract bears must be stored where bears cannot access them at night or during the day while they are unattended.
  • Attended means that a person is physically present within 100 feet and in direct sight of the food or carcass.
  • The following items must be properly stored; Human food (including canned food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, pet food, processed livestock feed and grains and personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste and deodorant. This also includes garbage and empty food and beverage containers.
  • Proper storage methods generally include placing food and other attractants in bear resistant containers or hard-sided vehicles or suspending them at least 10 feet above the ground and four feet out from any vertical support. Hard-sided vehicles qualify when all the windows are rolled up. Toppers must be secured and have a working door or hatchback.
  • Bear resistant containers include the heavy metal boxes placed in campgrounds and other approved containers that are certified through the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC).
  • When storing food or other attractants in non-bear proof containers in stock trailers or horse trailers the food or attractant must not be accessible by bears. A solid rear door and side openings of no larger than 10 inches in width are generally considered acceptable for storage. Secure tack rooms are an acceptable location to store food items and other attractants.



36 CFR 261.58(s),” Possessing, storing, or transporting any bird, fish, or other animal or parts thereof, as specified in the order.


  • The best place to dispose of gut piles and carcass waste is in the field where the animal was taken as long as the following conditions are met:
  • When storing harvested, unprocessed meat, or any carcass parts in hard sided unit or hung from a game pole/tree (10 feet high, 4 foot from tree or pole)
    • They must be at least 100 yards outside any camping/sleeping area, including campgrounds.
    • They must be at least 100 yards from a Forest Trail, including trailheads.
  • When carcass parts are stored on the ground or discarded:
    • They must be more than ½ mile from a camping area, including campgrounds.
    • They must be more than 200 yards from a Forest Trail, including trailheads.
    • They should not be left in any place commonly used such popular fishing access points, parking lots, roadsides, etc.
  • When meat has been processed, it is considered a food product and must be stored as such. Butchered carcasses may not be dumped on the forest.
  • If these requirements can’t be met, carcass parts should be removed from the forest.



36 CFR 261.58(t), “Possessing, storing, or transporting any part of a tree or other plant, as specified in the order.” The following acts are prohibited on the Shoshone National Forest.

  • Possessing or storing any hay, hay cubes, straw, grain, or other forage or mulch product without original or current documentation from state certification process which meets or exceeds the North American Weed Free Forage (NAWFF) or comparable certification standard.
  • Tags, twine, or other certification marking is required on all individual bales, containers, sacks, etc., as required or provided for by the product’s state of origin.



36 CFR 261.10(d),” Discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property as follows.)

  • In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area, or
  • Across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result in such discharge.
  • Into or within any cave.



36 CFR 261.56,”To possess or operate a motorized vehicle off forest roads.”

  • Off road travel and game retrieval with motorized vehicles is prohibited on the Shoshone National Forest.



36 CFR 261.58(e),”Camping is allowed only in developed recreation sites designed for overnight camping.”

36 CFR 261.52(a),”Fires may be used only at developed recreation sites in a fire ring or grill provided for this purpose.”

  • These prohibitions apply to the area commonly known as the North Fork Canyon and includes the area within ½ mile on either side of the center line of US Highway 14-16-20 between the National Forest boundary and the East entrance to Yellowstone National Park.


Stay Limits

36 CFR 261.58(a),” Camping for a period longer than allowed by the order.”

  • The stay limit on the Shoshone National Forest is 16 days.
  • The stay limit applies to both developed campsites and dispersed camping.
  • The term “location” means the occupied area or campsite and the lands within a five mile radius of the occupied area or campsite. After leaving a location, a minimum of seven (7) days must elapse before any person or group, may re-occupy their original location.


Check with the local ranger district office in the area you plan to be for any seasonal campfire restrictions that may apply.