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.
Hunters can obtain a copy of the walk-in atlas at Game and Fish offices and license agents throughout the state. The atlas is also available online at http://gf.state.wy.us .
Game and Fish public land access coordinator Matt Buhler said that more than 1.6 million acres of public access is provided through the walk-in and hunter management programs. Walk-in areas are available in 21 of Wyoming's 23 counties. The walk-in areas differ from the hunter management areas, another Game and Fish public access program, in that no permit is required to hunt. To use one of the 49 hunter management areas, hunters must obtain a physical permission slip online or at Game and Fish offices. Details on obtaining hunter management permits and accessing the nearly 900,000 acres available through that program can be obtained online or by calling (307) 777-4600. Maps and rules for each hunter management area can also be found on the Game and Fish website.
Walk-in areas are available for elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl, small game and predators. The walk-in atlas lists the species that can be hunted within the area and the dates when the walk-in area can be accessed.
The walk-in area acquisition is funded to a large extent through the Game and Fish AccessYes program from contributions of anglers and hunters usually at the time of license purchase and application.