Wyoming Hunting News

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.
G&F Asks for Help Controlling Wolves
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to remove or relocate wolves from the Daniel pack in western Wyoming that have been chasing large numbers of elk from winter feedgrounds onto private lands and, in some cases, highways.
Turkey Area 10 Includes Big Horn County
Prospective spring turkey hunters are alerted that hunt area 10 in the Bighorn Basin includes Hot Springs County. Hot Springs County was mistakenly omitted from the map in the spring turkey regulations and on applications. Area 10 also includes Washakie County, southern Big Horn County and southeast Park County.
Grizzly Bear Comment Period Extended
The deadline for written comments on the Grizzly Bear Occupancy Management Plan has been extended from Dec. 31 to Jan. 14, 2005. "We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to provide 'thoughtful comments' on our proposal, therefore we are extending the deadline an additional 14 days," said John Emmerich, assistant Wildlife Division chief for the Game and Fish Department.
College Party Deteriorates into Bear Poaching
A night of college student frivolity on a Crowheart ranch August 5, 2002 turned into the illegal killing of a black bear, an interstate search for the poachers and evidence, two years of working out a plea agreement and associated court processes and two young adults paying a total of $5,880 in fines and restitution for the crime.
Two Deer Harvested Near Kaycee Test Positive for CWD
A white-tailed buck harvested from deer hunt area 30 and a mule deer buck harvested from deer hunt area 33 both tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a brain disease known to affect some of Wyoming’s deer and elk herds.
One Elk Tests Positive for CWD Near Elk Mountain
The first elk to test positive for chronic wasting disease in hunt area 125, the Elk Mountain area on the north end of the Snowy Range, was discovered this week by the Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.
Casper Game Check Contacts Over 700 Hunters
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."
CWD Discovered for the First Time in Southeast Snowy Range
One mule deer buck harvested Oct. 3 from deer Hunt Area 76 on the east face of the Snowy Range just north of the Colorado line tested positive for chronic wasting disease. CWD had not previously been found in that hunt area.
Top 10 Hunting Violations
"The type of hunting violations stays pretty consistent from year to year," said Scott Talbott, G&F assistant Wildlife Division chief. "Although some violations are blatantly intentional such as over limit or a nonresident buying a resident license, many violations are out of ignorance because a hunter didn't read the regulations."