Wyoming Hunting News

Wyoming Hunters Urge Caution in Beetle Kill Areas

Hunters are asked to take extra precautions this upcoming hunting season, especially in areas affected by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.

Beetle kill on some 2.5 million acres of forest brings with it the end result of more falling trees as the root structures die and lose their strength to support the tree.

The U.S. Forest Service offers these guidelines to help hunters and outdoor recreationists avoid risks:

Wyoming Walk-in Atlas Now Available

The 2010 walk-in hunting atlas is now available, featuring hundreds of walk-in areas and thousands of acres where hunters can access private lands for a variety of species.

Wyoming 's 13th Annual Hunting and Fishing Expo - Sept 9-11th

Less than two weeks remain until the 13th annual hunting and fishing Heritage expo gets underway Sept. 9-11 at the Casper Events Center.

Cheyenne Field Archers Donate to AccessYes Program

While hunting at a walk-in or hunter management area this fall, tip your hat to the Cheyenne Field Archers.

For the fifth 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 two-day competitive 3-D shoot with all proceeds benefiting the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's hunting access programs. This latest shoot raised $1,056, raising the five-year total enrolling walk-in and hunter management areas to $6,286.

Wyoming Leftover Big Game Licenses Available

Online sales of issue-after full price elk, deer and antelope licenses remaining after the initial drawing has gone very smoothly this year according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Chief fiscal officer Rich Reynders said that 3,617 big game licenses were sold on July 6 and a total of 2,813 licenses have been sold since that time.

Wyoming HMA and Walk-In Area Access Increases for 2010 Season

Wyoming hunters will have more access to private lands this year that include six new Hunter Management Areas and more walk-in acreage as well. Walk-In and hunter management areas offer access for hunting for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators.

Wyoming GFD to Discuss Wyoming Range Deer
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be hosting their first round of public workshops to discuss management of the Wyoming Range mule deer herd in southwestern Wyoming.
Wyoming Residents Required to Provide SSN for Hunting License
Beginning in 2011, Wyoming residents applying for or purchasing hunting or fishing licenses will be required to provide their Social Security Number to comply with a mandate of the federal Social Security Act.
Wyoming Mountain Lion Season Meetings
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information gathering meetings and has opened a comment period to gather public input on these proposals: changes to license issuance regulations, 2010-2011 mountain lion seasons and rules governing contested cases before the Game and Fish Commission.
Wyoming to Change Winter Elk Feeding Plan
With a fairly light winter now transitioning to spring in western Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) has ceased elk feeding operations on all state feedgrounds. This past winter, elk were fed the fewest number of days on record and the 3,500 tons of hay fed was the third lowest total since record-keeping began in 1975.