Wyoming Hunting News

Triple Moose Poaching Reward Increased
The Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife organization has increased the reward to $8,500 for the conviction of the person or persons responsible for poaching three bull moose Nov. 8 near Mountain View. SFW Vice Chairman Eric Adams says their board of directors thought this particular case warranted a larger reward due to the heinous nature of the crime.
Landowner Coupons Due February 2nd
Ranchers and farmers are alerted the Feb. 2 deadline to redeem landowner coupons from the past hunting season is fast approaching. The coupons and corresponding affidavit must be submitted to the local game warden or Game and Fish office by that date.
Nonresident Turkey, Bison, and Elk Applications Due Soon
Hunters are alerted applications for nonresident elk and resident/nonresident bison and spring turkey must be received at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne office by 5 p.m. Feb. 2.
USFWS Rejects Portion of Wolf Plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that Wyoming’s wolf management plan and state law are inadequate and will need to be changed before the wolf can be taken off the endangered species list. In a letter received January 13, the federal agency informed Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Terry Cleveland that the state’s classification of wolves as a predatory animal is not an option.
G&F: How was the Hunting?
Hunters who haven’t returned their big game harvest survey are encouraged to fill it out and send it back right away. In addition to providing a valuable assist to helping set 2004 quotas and seasons, returning surveys by Jan. 30 automatically enters the hunters for a drawing with prizes ranging from binoculars to wildlife prints.
2003 CWD Surveillance Completed
Statewide surveillance to monitor chronic wasting disease (CWD) is finished, thanks to new testing procedures that allowed the Game and Fish Department to analyze more than twice the number of samples in half the time.
Train Collision Claims 41 Antelope
Forty-one antelope were killed Nov. 7 when hit by a train near Granger. Green River Wildlife Coordinator Bill Rudd said of the 41 pronghorn antelope killed, there were 14 fawns, 13 does and 14 buck antelope. Fifteen were still alive when Rudd and Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco arrived and had to be put down “The pronghorn got into the fence right of way and could not get out,” said Rudd.
Habitat Improvements on Southeast Walk-in Areas
In addition to being posted as walk-in areas, many of these public access spots in southeast Wyoming could also be signed "habitat improvement areas." The extra title has been earned with the addition of watering holes or guzzlers, trees and shrubs and legume seeding following light tillage in Goshen, Platte and Laramie counties.
Information Urgently Needed on Snowy Range Moose Poaching
Two moose, shot and left in the Medicine Bow National Forest near Kennaday Peak have game wardens looking for answers.
Four New Deer Hunt Areas Documented With CWD
Wyoming’s statewide surveillance efforts have revealed four additional hunt areas with chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease that affects mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk.