Oct. 6 Game and Fish news
Wyoming Game & Fish Department sent this bulletin at 10/06/2014 11:35 AM MDT
For Immediate Release:
Be Safe This Hunting Season……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. . 1
Drawings Conducted for Springer, Glendo Hunts………………………………………………………………………….. . 2
Attention Hunters: Licenses and Stamps Not Available at Springer Check Station……………………………. . 3
Know the Rules on State Land Use……………………………………………………………………………………………….. . 3
Habitat Improvement Project Near South Pass……………………………………………………………………………… . 4
Game and Fish Calendar……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
Ask Game and Fish…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5
BE SAFE THIS HUNTING SEASON
CHEYENNE – With many hunting seasons already open or about to open in most of Wyoming, those going afield are reminded of basic hunter safety rules that will help ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department hunter education coordinator Jim Dawson offers some basic tips to stay safe this hunting season.
Wear hunter orange. “The wearing of a garment of Hunter Orange is a legal requirement for all while hunting big or trophy game and for hunting pheasants on Game and Fish Wildlife Habitat Management Units,” Dawson said. “This highly visible outerwear is important for the safety of those hunting and others in the field. Even when Hunter Orange is not required, as with small game hunting, it is a very good safety practice for all members of the hunting party.”
Handle firearms safely. “Treating every firearm as if it were loaded is one of the golden rules of firearms handling and should be emphasized by both the beginner and the most experienced hunter,” Dawson said. “This safe handling practice also should include a constant awareness of the direction of the firearm’s muzzle, which often changes in hunting situations due to terrain and varying conditions.”
Use good judgment. Knowing what the target is and what is beyond this target requires a hunter to use good judgment. To ensure safety, never shoot at sound, at flash of color, or shapes in the cover – positively identify the target and beyond since the bullet can never be retracted once fired.
Be careful around vehicles and fences. Dawson said that accidents often occur in and around vehicles and during fence crossings. “Take extra precautions when handling firearms in these situations and make sure others with you are reminded of this as well,” Dawson said. “It only takes minutes to walk away from these two areas where the highest firearms-related incidents occur before loading or unloading your guns.”
Be prepared for weather changes. Weather changes can be quick, unpredictable, and extreme in the fall months. Being prepared for rain and snow especially at higher elevations is an all-season concern in Wyoming. Hunters should always have survival gear for shelter making, signaling, and fire starting even on the shortest hunt.
Don’t keep your hunting trip a secret. Inform someone of where you are going and when you expect to return. Search and Rescue teams are much more effective with their efforts of finding lost or injured hunters when a point last seen is readily available.
Be safe while field dressing your animal. Field dressing is another aspect of the hunt where extra safety precautions should be taken. In Wyoming, tagging must be done prior to leaving the site of the kill but may, or may not be conducted prior to field dressing. “When field dressing game, maintaining a good sharp edge on your knife makes the job safer in that less pressure is needed to get the job done,” Dawson said. Other equipment helps, but a good sharp knife gets the most use. Always make sure the strokes of the knife blade are made away from your body so that a slip will not find the blade coming back and causing injuries. With the awareness of disease transmission, it is also recommended that latex or rubber gloves are used throughout the field dressing process.
Dawson said that Wyoming’s Hunter Education program covers these and other topics including Hunter Ethics, Wildlife Conservation and Management, Game Care, Wildlife Identification, and Hunting Regulations. Hunter education is required of anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1966. (Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)
DRAWINGS CONDUCTED FOR SPRINGER, GLENDO PHEASANT HUNTS
CHEYENNE – The drawings for the Springer and Glendo special pheasant hunts have been conducted and some openings are available for each hunt.
Openings are available for the Springer youth hunt on Oct. 18 (73) and Oct.26 (87). The permits will be issued first-come, first-served to qualifying youth at the Springer Check Station located south of Yoder. Game and Fish regulation defines youth as any person who has not turned 18 by Oct. 1, 2014. Adults are encouraged to accompany all youth hunters and are required to be with kids under 14.
Openings for hunters of all ages are available Oct. 16 (31), 21 (57), 22 (78), 23 (68), 24 (21), 28 (30), 29 (80), 30 (65). The permits are issued first-come, first-served at the Springer Check Station. On the other days of the hunt, “stand by” hunters of all ages are permitted on the area as other hunters check out. No more than 120 hunters are allowed on the area at a time.
Springer hunters are reminded to obtain appropriate licenses and the pheasant management stamp prior to showing up at the check station. In previous years stamps and licenses were available at the check station, but stamps and license books are no longer being printed and will not be sold at the check station. Hunters can obtain game bird licenses and pheasant stamps online at wgfd.wyo.gov or at Wyoming license agencies.
The following permits are available for the Glendo Special Pheasant hunt for all ages of hunters: Nov. 17 (10), Nov. 24 (38). Since there is no check station for the Glendo hunt, the remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Oct. 16 on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov. Glendo permits are required to hunt pheasants on each Friday, Saturday and Monday in November. Permits are not required during other days of the open pheasant season. Hunters are reminded that as with Springer, Glendo also has special youth hunt days which are Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Only youth may hunt during those dates and no Glendo permit is required for youth to hunt on youth only hunt days.
More information on the Springer and Glendo hunts can be found in the current upland bird regulations. Hunters are reminded that the $12.50 pheasant special management permit is required for all ages for the Springer and Glendo hunts. A state park permit is also required for the Glendo hunt locations other than the County Line area. (Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)
ATTENTION HUNTERS: LICENSES AND STAMPS NOT AVAILABLE AT SPRINGER CHECK STATION
LARAMIE – Pheasant hunters who have drawn a permit for the Springer Special Pheasant Hunt are reminded there will be no licenses, permits or conservation stamps sold at the check station this year.
Hunters must have the following licenses, stamps and permits with them before going to the Springer check station: Springer Permit; Wyoming Game Bird License; Wyoming Conservation Stamp; and Pheasant Special Management Stamp. These items will not be available at the check station.
“In years past hunters were able to buy licenses and stamps at the check station but will not be able to do so this year, so be sure to make your purchases before the date of your hunt,” said Robin Kepple, information specialist for the Game and Fish Department.
Licenses and stamps are available at all Game and Fish offices, license selling agents, and online at http://wgfd.wyo.gov. A Springer Permit is also required and will be mailed to those hunters who were successful in the draw. For more information, contact the Laramie Game and Fish Office at 307-745-4046. (Contact: Robin Kepple 307 -777-4523)
KNOW THE RULES ON STATE LAND USE
CHEYENNE – With hunting seasons opening up across the state, hunters are asked to review the rules governing the use of State Trust Lands.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department does not manage State Trust Lands, but often receives questions from hunters and anglers on the rules and restrictions affecting usage of these lands.
In general, hunters and anglers can use state lands provided there is public access to these lands. This means the lands must be legally accessible via public road, right-of-way, easement, public waters, or adjacent state or federal land. Some state lands have no means of public access and anyone wishing to cross private lands to reach state lands must have permission from the landowner. The landowner is under no obligation to grant such permission. Other usage such as driving off established roads and camping are also generally prohibited on state lands. Also, cultivated croplands on state trust lands are not open to public use.
Information on rules for using state lands can be obtained by contacting the Office of State Lands and Investments in Cheyenne at http://slf-web.state.wy.us. A brochure explaining public use restrictions on state lands is available on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov located under the Public Access section.
Hunters have several tools to determine which lands are state, federal, or private. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has developed a series of maps that are color coded showing state, BLM, national forest, and private lands. These maps also include roads, topographic contour, elevations, rivers, and lakes. They are available at any BLM office, on the website http://plicmapcenter.org/WY/,or by calling (307) 775-6256. In addition, the Game and Fish (307- 777-4600) has a micro SD chip for GPS units that shows land status and hunter location.
(Contact: Al Langston 307- 777-4540)
HABITAT IMPROVEMENTPROJECT NEAR SOUTH PASS
LANDER – A large habitat enhancement project has kicked off this fall in the South Pass area near Atlantic City. The work is a collaborative effort between Wyoming Game and Fish Department ,U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Fremont County Firewise, Popo Agie Conservation District, and private landowners.
The project will occur over the next ten years with the potential to treat several thousand acres of land. The primary focus will be on regenerating aging aspen stands where natural forest succession to conifers is progressing. Other goals of the project include reducing wildfire risk through removal of fuels, and improving shrub, riparian, and stream communities to benefit wildlife.
Aspen communities provide a multitude of benefits that include wildlife habitat, livestock grazing, water storage, and firebreaks. However, across the Intermountain West aspen have declined due to fire suppression and reduced active forest management, disease, over browsing, and drought to name a few. Aspen are a shade intolerant species that often flourishes after disturbance such as fire or timber harvest and this project will use these techniques to remove conifers where it will benefit aspen and adjacent shrub communities.
Over the past year almost $350,000 has been secured for the project that will begin on USFS land on Roundtop Mountain and the upper Beaver Creek drainage. Contributors include the Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition, Popo Agie Conservation District, Shoshone National Forest Resource Advisory Committee, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Habitat Trust Fund. It should take roughly three years to complete the first phase of the project on USFS land before moving onto phase two on adjacent BLM land.
“We’re excited to get work on the ground and believe it’s a project that will benefit many interests and user groups of the South Pass area,” says Nick Scribner, Game and Fish aquatic habitat biologist.
For more information about this project and how you can participate, please contact Scribner at 307-332-2688.
(Contact: Rene Schell 307- 332-2688)
Game and Fish Calendar
Oct. 16 – Springer Special Pheasant Hunt opens; stamps and license are no longer available at check station
Oct. 20 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Casper WGFD office, 6 p.m. Oct.. 22 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Douglas, Converse County Courthouse, 6 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Torrington, Platte County Bank, 6 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Cheyenne, WGFD Headquarters, 6 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Green River WGFD office, 6 p.m.
Nov. 5 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Wheatland, Platte County Library 6 p.m. Nov. 6 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Laramie WGFD office, 6 p.m.
Nov. 11 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Jackson WGFD office, 6 p.m.
Nov. 12 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Cody, Bighorn Federal Bank, 6 p.m.
Nov. 13 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Lovell Fire Hall, 6 p.m.
Nov. 18 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Thayne Town Hall, 6 p.m.
Nov. 18 – Public meeting on Game and Fish bird farms, Pinedale WGFD office, 6 p.m.
Ask Game and Fish
Q. Can I cut up my animal in the field?
A. Yes you can. Just make sure if you are hunting in an area where a specific sex of animal or antler point restriction applies, you must have the head, antlers, or external sex organs of your animal in your possession while you are transporting the carcass or edible portions from the site of the kill to your residence or to a processor.
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