Comments Sought on 2005 Hunting Seasons

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The Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings and has a comment period to gather public input on proposed antelope, elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, turkey, mountain goat, sage grouse, early migratory and light goose conservation order seasons and regulations, and general hunting regulations.

The G&F is proposing a chronic wasting disease carcass transport and disposal regulation that closely mirrors recommendations that have been in place since 2002. The proposed regulation provides two options to hunters who harvest a deer or elk in an area known to have CWD. Hunters can leave the head and spine at the site of the kill; or they can take the animal home for processing, to a Wyoming taxidermist, game processor, or CWD sample collection facility, as long as the head and spine are disposed of in an approved landfill.

In addition, Wyoming residents hunting in CWD areas in other states will not be allowed to transport potentially contaminated CWD parts into Wyoming. And, nonresidents hunting in the Wyoming CWD Zone will not be allowed to transport potentially contaminated parts out of the state. Because CWD affects both deer and elk, the proposed regulation will apply to all specified areas in Wyoming where CWD has been found in deer and/or elk. Statewide regulations related to evidence of sex and species may also be impacted by the new regulation.

The G&F is also proposing to close moose areas 7, 14 and 32 on the south side of Yellowstone National Park for two years and restrict deer harvest in areas 163 and 169 southwest of Kaycee to four points or better. The G&F will also be seeking comments on creating a new nonresident deer hunting region in south-central Wyoming in 2006 consisting of areas 82, 100 and 131.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend a public meeting discussing the proposals. The G&F is conducting many open houses across the state prior to these final meetings for each district. Contact the G&F for an open house near you or attend one of these meetings starting at 7 p.m.:

March 29: Worland, Washakie County Fairgrounds
March 30: Jackson, 49er Motel, Nugget Room
March 30: Sheridan, Sheridan College Whitney Bldg W136
March 31: Casper, G&F Regional Office
March 31: Cheyenne, Dept. of Transportation Auditorium
March 31: Green River, G&F Regional Office
March 31: Lander, Fremont County Public Library

Written comments will also be accepted through 5 p.m. April 4 by mailing: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Suite 100, Casper, WY 82604. Copies of the proposed regulation are available at the same address.

All comments will be presented to the G&F Commission before they address the proposals at their April 26-27 meeting at the Casper G&F Office.

The G&F supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the nearest G&F office.