There is actually over 30 square miles of BLM in that big chunk of land on the north side of Beaver Creek going all the way up towards the freeway besides those two smaller areas to the east that I mentioned.
If the road is on a piece of BLM land it isn't private and can be used to walk on or across. However, you have to have been able to access that BLM some legal way. Normally on a map where there is a private road that then goes through a chunk of BLM or state land and access has been given by the landowner to use that road it will be a brown color on the road to designate such. That is not the case on the Iberlin Road from what I can tell on my CD ROM map. Unless the iberlin Road is a county maintained public road for it's entire length using any of it unless you are a property owner on that road is probably illegal. Therefore, unless you can get official certification from the county that it is, you may be off base in your assumption that any of it is useable without landowner permission to get to that south BLM land.
I apologize if I am sounding ignorant but I have another road questions. I looked at a map that someone sent me that I am pretty sure they scanned and I am also sure it is a BLM map, just not sure. Anyway...do you think Streeter Rd is a public road? I am going to compile a list of questions that I think are "legal" in the wildlife law world and call the office that is over 23, I would just lke to narrow down some of these questions first if I can.
Also...does anyone reccomend a nice campground? I am thinking Buffalo is where I will be spending what nights I do not camp on BLM land, and I would prefer to camp in town. Of course I would like shower facilities. Couple years ago I stayed in a cheaper hotel that had a restraunt attached, across the street was a laundary place, but for the life of me I cannot remember the name. Any ideas?
You CANNOT, I repeat, CANNOT, tell on a BLM map whether a road is a public road unless it shows an insignia and/or number as a state or county road. There are exceptions, but if you aren't acquainted with the area you are just guessing. The Schoonover Road is one of those that I'm familiar with and it is a public road throughout it's entire length in both counties even though it lacks a number. If a BLM road hits private property and the BLM has gained access through that property, it will normally be overmarked in brown to show the road is legal through that piece of private property. I would not be calling the G&F Office for these kinds of questions. You need to buy a current county map that shows what roads the public is paying tax dollars to maintain. People at a G&F Office are not the ones to give you that type of information and the road you are asking about is a good example. Streeter Road looks like it is a main public road and it probably is one of the few in the county, but you cannont verify that looking on my CD ROM or a BLM map of that area since it doesn't have a county road number designating that it is such. There is a nice private campground along one of the small rivers and it's on the north side of I-90 not too far west of unit 23, but I don't know what the name of it is. It might be along the Crazy Woman, but I'm not sure. If I was hunting the nw part of 23, that is probably where I would camp as there are a lot of trees and they probably have at least potable water and maybe even showers.
I will be purchasing the WY Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, I assume their information will be correct?
Reason I thought about asking G&F is because I read a few horror stories of roads that were marked public on every map and GPS, but G&F still wrote tickets. Ignorance is no excuse to the law, so I am trying to prepare as much as possible.
It wasn't your map Topgun, someone else from TN made it, I havent even seen your map. It lacked all the roads my maps and GPS had except for 2 roads I knew were public and of course Streeter. I also have the Hunting GPS maps, looks great!
Thanks for the campground info, I will look into it some more.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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