Wyoming Hunting News

G&F Commission Addressing Hunting Seasons
Setting 2005 big game seasons and regulations and addressing recommendations on grizzly bear occupancy following delisting highlight the April 26-27 Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper.
Comments Sought on 2005 Hunting Seasons
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.
Nonresident Elk Drawing Conducted
The postal carrier will be bringing good news to nearly 8,000 nonresidents in the next week or two. Those are the hunters who drew an elk license in the drawing conducted by Game and Fish Department Feb. 23. Licenses and refund checks will be mailed the week of Feb. 28.
Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Application Deadline
Potential moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunters are alerted: Applications for both licenses and preference points must be received at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.
Elk Habitat and Movement Focus of Study
In an effort to identify seasonal habitat use and movement patterns of elk wintering on Fossil Butte National Monument, 21 cow elk were captured and fitted with radio collars. The three-year study is a cooperative project between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NRMSC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS) and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (G&F).
New Technology Used to Help Better Manage Moose
In an effort to better understand moose, biologists and researchers recently fitted 16 Snowy Range moose with global positioning system (GPS) collars that will compile location data for the next two years.
2005 License Choice Changes for Moose & Bighorn Sheep
As the Feb. 28 application deadline approaches, prospective moose and bighorn sheep hunters are alerted to changes in license availability for 2005. A new bighorn sheep season is being added in southeast Wyoming.
G&F Commission Meeting Jan. 27-28
Addressing proposed changes to the scientific and educational permit regulation and receiving updates on chronic wasting disease surveillance and the black-footed ferret program highlight the Jan. 27-28 Game and Fish Commission meeting in Cheyenne.
Brucellosis Testing Complete
Brucellosis testing of 278 hunter-harvested elk in northeast Wyoming has been completed with no animals testing positive for the disease. In testing in previous years, the G&F has never discovered brucellosis in elk outside of feedground areas in western Wyoming.
Hunters Urged to Apply Early
The 2005 hunting process has kicked off. Application periods have begun for many species. The G&F urges hunters to apply early in the application period due to the potential of winter storms or other factors that could delay delivery.