Wyoming Hunting News

Wyoming Continues to Monitor Grizzly Bears

As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) is informing the public that pre-baiting and scientific trapping operations will begin in two locations of the Bridger Teton National Forest near Moran Junction.

The WGFD will begin trapping efforts in the Blackrock/Spread Creek area between July 6 and July 25. A second trapping effort will take place in the Fox Park area of the Teton Wilderness between July 26 and August 12.

Star Valley Resident Bags Record Mountain Goat

Brian Tallerico received some very good news in the spring of 2010 when he was notified by the Game and Fish that he had drawn a mountain goat license for Hunt Area 2 near Jackson. Odds of drawing a goat license for that area in 2010 were nearly one in 200.

Tallerico, an orthopaedic surgeon in Star Valley, is an experienced hunter and has hunted sheep and goats all over the west. He had previously bagged a goat in Canada that scored 50 which is the Boone and Crockett minimum for the record book. Scoring is done by length and circumference measurements of each horn.

Cheyenne Field Archers Support AccessYes Program in Wyoming

Spotting a walk-in or hunter management area sign this fall is a reminder of the generosity of the Cheyenne Field Archers.

For the sixth consecutive year, the archery organization made a generous donation to the AccessYes program to fund hunting access.

As they have since 2006, this year the field archers again sponsored a competitive 3-D shoot April 19 and 21 with all proceeds benefiting the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's hunting access programs. This latest shoot raised $815, raising the six-year total to $7,101.

Wyoming Considers Options For Pheasant Releases This Fall

In response to recent disease outbreaks at its Downar Bird Farm, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is considering options for maintaining some pheasant releases to provide hunting opportunities this fall.

Last month, WGFD personnel confirmed the presence of cecal worms in pheasants at the bird farm, which is near Torrington. They also discovered Chlamydiophila psittaci, which causes the disease psittacosis. To help contain the diseases and prevent future outbreaks, department personnel euthanized approximately 1200 pheasants from the farm's brood stock on May 18.

Wyoming's Big Game Lottery Held

Wyoming's version of the lottery was held with 820 resident and nonresident hunters hitting the jackpot with the completion of the annual drawings for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses.

Game and Fish records show that 540 moose licenses were issued of which 446 went to residents for overall drawing odds of 4.9 percent. Nonresidents received 94 licenses for a total drawing percentage of 7.1 percent.

Delisting of Wolves in 8 States Begins

On the heels of legislation passed last month with the support of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) as part of the FY 2011 budget agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced this week that it is lifting Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for 5,500 grey wolves in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and has published a proposed rule to remove gray wolves from ESA designation in the Western Great Lakes.

Wyoming Hunter and Angler Retention Program Workshop

In most states, the number of hunters and anglers is declining, but in Wyoming these numbers have remained steady for the past decade.

To help keep participation from declining in Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is developing a long-term statewide Hunter and Angler Recruitment and Retention (HARR) plan designed to give a comprehensive approach to Game and Fish efforts. A key component in this plan includes strengthening partnerships with organizations and agencies that have a stake in this issue.

Wyoming Urges Turkey Hunters to Hunt Safely This Season

Wyoming turkey hunters had a perfect safety record last year and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges turkey hunters to continue the safe hunting practices that made 2010 accident free

Over the years, Wyoming has had a near perfect safety record during the turkey season, with an accident in 2009 being the only blemish.

Game and Fish Department's Hunter Education Coordinator Jim Dawson said that even though turkey hunters have been near perfect safety-wise over the years, continual care needs to be taken to maintain Wyoming's exceptional safety record.

Wyoming Antler Shed Hunting Season Still Closed

Even though most elk and deer have shed their antlers this year, antler hunters are reminded that the season to collect antlers in much of western Wyoming is closed until April 30.

Following a series of public meetings held in 2009, the Game and Fish Commission enacted a regulation to establish a season for the collection of shed antlers and horns on public lands west of the Continental Divide.

Wyoming Youth Hunter Challenge Deadline - April 29th

Young hunters are reminded that the deadline to sign up for the Wyoming State National Rifle Association Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is a little over a month away. Actual deadline is April 29. The challenge will take place Saturday, May 14, at the Upton Gun Club.

It is sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Hunter Education Program, Upton Gun Club and Weston County Friends of the NRA.