Shed antler hunt, May 2020. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. —The Town of Jackson has released new information regarding the 2022 elk antler shed hunt that takes place annually on May 1. To make the process of getting participants to public land in an orderly fashion, with as much fairness as possible, the Jackson Police Department (JPD) has developed an online application for all escorted participants to complete.

As in years past, participants will be placed in sequential order and then lead via motorcade fashion by a marked JPD car to the Elk Refuge Road. The Elk Refuge Road and shed antler collection will remain closed until 6 a.m. on May 1, 2022.

Individuals participating in the motorcade should be aware of changes to the process:

  • Participant position in the motorcade will be determined by your timeliness to submit the online application. The earlier you complete and submit the form, the better spot you get.
  • The motorcade will depart from the Teton County Fairgrounds at approximately 6 a.m. on May 1; however, no overnight parking will be allowed until line-up time.
  • The Teton County Fairgrounds will have horse stalls for rent. Please contact the Teton County Fairgrounds to make arrangements (307-733-5289).
  • Participant line-up will not begin until April 30, 2022, at 8 a.m., so there will be no need to show up multiple days ahead of time.
  • The application form will be accessible April 1 through April 15, 2022. Anyone who does not apply by April 15 will not be given a designated position in the motorcade.


All participants wanting first access to the Bridger-Teton National Forest on May 1, 2022 via the Elk Refuge Road with the JPD motorcade must complete all blank fields on the application and submit the application prior to April 15.

Participants must register a primary vehicle and an alternate vehicle they will drive in the motorcade. The vehicle information submitted on the application must represent a vehicle you will present at the line-up. If a participant shows up for line-up in a vehicle other than what was registered on their application, that participant will be denied access to the motorcade.

Participants who fail to arrive during their line-up timeframe will forfeit their spot in the motorcade.

Starting April 1, 2022, the Shed Hunt application can be accessed online. Contact Sgt. Traphagan with the Jackson Police Department with any questions at

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, email, or visit the Town’s website here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.