Casper Game Check Contacts Over 700 Hunters

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Game and Fish Department personnel reported positive feedback from hunters who had their game animals inspected at a wildlife check station west of Casper Oct. 16-18.

"We had a lot of positive comments from hunters," said Scott Edberg, the G&F’s Casper Region wildlife supervisor. "They were very supportive of what we were doing."

The check station, conducted on U.S. Highway 20-26 near the Natrona County International Airport, served two important functions for wildlife and sportsmen. First, it provided a way for biologists to manage wildlife populations better by gathering information about the hunts and harvested animals.

"The check station was an effective and efficient way to collect management data and chronic wasting disease samples," Edberg said.

Fifty-seven CWD samples were collected at the station. In addition, more than 350 animals were checked, including big game, game birds and small game, providing biologists valuable harvest information.

Check stations also provide a way to enforce and check compliance with the regulations and laws aimed at protecting wildlife. "These stations bring hunters and law enforcement personnel together in one place," Edberg said.

While 706 hunters passed through the check station, only 17 citations were issued, resulting in a total of $3,230 in fines. The violations ranged from hunting without a hunter education card and failure to tag big game, to over limits of trout, failure to leave evidence of sex on harvested animals and waste of edible parts. Several warnings were also issued.

The G&F attempted to make the process go as quickly as possible, with hunters stopped for an average of three to five minutes. All vehicles received a brochure explaining the purpose of the stop and thanking hunters for their cooperation.

Edberg said the check stations are important in the department’s efforts to protect the public’s wildlife. "It is with your understanding and cooperation that we all can achieve our goal of conserving this valuable resource for present and future generations," he said.

In Wyoming, all sportsmen traveling to or from hunting, fishing or trapping areas must stop if a check station is set up, regardless if they have wildlife in their possession or not. They must also stop even if the game meat/fish has already been cut, wrapped or processed. Anyone transporting wildlife harvested by another person or from another state or country is also required to stop at any check stations on their route. Failing to stop at a G&F check station could result in a citation.