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.
Access coordinator Matt Buhler said more than 1.6 million acres of access are provided on private lands through the walk-in and hunter management programs and that acreage can be doubled with the access those private lands provide to public acreage.
Of note this year is the addition of six new hunter management areas: Copper Mountain for elk area 47 east of Thermopolis; Cow Creek near Saratoga for antelope area 52; Parker Gulch for elk area 6 near Cheyenne; Hanna Draw near Hanna for elk area 16, deer area161 and antelope area 48; Missouri John near Medicine Bow for antelope area 47; and Upper Nowood for antelope area 115, elk areas 48 and 49 and deer areas 40 and 42.
Buhler said Hunter Management Areas differ from Walk-In Areas in that a permit must be obtained to hunt. "To use one of the Hunter Management Areas, a physical permission slip can be obtained on-line or at Game and Fish offices," Buhler said.
Details on obtaining HMA permits can be obtained on the Game and Fish website http://gf.state.wy.us  or by calling (307) 777-4600. A listing of ranch rules and the license types that are valid in each of the Hunter Management and Walk-in Areas is also available on the website. Hunters should be aware that rules governing use of HMAs can vary with the different areas.
" In some of the areas, permits are unlimited," Buhler said. "In others, they are limited and a drawing is held to issue the Hunter Management Area permits."
As with Hunter Management areas, Walk-In areas provide hunting opportunity for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators. The Walk-in Atlas lists the species that can be hunted within each area and the dates when individual walk-in areas can be accessed. Walk-in areas are now available on the Game and Fish website and printed copies of the Walk-in Area Atlas will be available in early August.
The Walk-in Program is funded to a large extent by the Game and Fish Department's AccessYes Program through contributions of anglers and hunters usually at the time of license purchase and application.