From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Sage-Grouse Numbers Up
Cheyenne, Wyoming - The numbers of male sage grouse on leks, or mating areas, was up around 10 percent this year over last year, according to data recently compiled by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Just under 20,000 male sage grouse were counted this year on about 1,100 leks. This summer’s crop of grouse chicks also appears to be much improved over recent years.
Game and Fish Sage Grouse Coordinator Tom Christiansen said the increased numbers of birds are largely due to the good moisture conditions.
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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Upland Bird Hunters Made Aware of New Regulations for Blue and Ruffed Grouse
Green River, Wyoming - With the Sept.1 opener for many upland game species right around the corner, bird hunters are alerted there are some significant changes in the hunting regulations for this fall.
The combined daily bag limit and possession limit for blue and ruffed grouse that has been in place for a number of years has been eliminated and upland game bird hunters will be allowed to take a daily bag limit of three blue grouse and a daily bag limit of three ruffed grouse. The possession limit for each species will be nine.
Now that hunters are allowed to take separate daily bag limits of blue grouse, ruffed grouse, chukar partridge, gray (Hungarian) partridge or sharp-tailed grouse, hunters will need to retain evidence of species on all game birds in their possession while in the field. The new regulation states that, excluding pheasants... more on Wyoming limits on Blue and Ruffed Grouse ...
From the Wyoming Game & Fish DepartmentApplication Process for G&F Hunter Management Area Permission Slips Goes Online - Bison now Included
Green River, Wyoming - Hunters who have obtained a license in one of the hunt areas where there is also access through the Game and Fish Hunter Management Area (HMA) program can start obtaining permission slips for a number of these areas beginning July 14.
Anyone interested in hunting on a HMA must have a permission slip prior to accessing the area. Some HMAs are limited in the number of permission slips. In areas where permission slips are limited, permission slips are issued either on a first-come, first-serve basis or through a random drawing. The Game and Fish website explains the issuance method for slips in the various HMA areas.
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From the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Drawings Held for Resident Elk, and Resident and Nonresident Deer and Antelope Licenses
Cheyenne, Wyoming - The 2014 drawings for resident elk and resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses are now in the books and hunters can check their results on the Game and Fish website wgfd.wyo.gov or by calling (307) 777-4600.
Refund warrants for those unsuccessful in the drawings will be mailed in the next several weeks followed by the licenses mailings for those who were successful in the drawings.
As is usually the case, a number of areas have licenses remaining. A total of 5,886 full price antelope licenses are available along with 6,504 reduced price doe/fawn antelope licenses... Find out more about the results of Wyoming's elk, deer, and antelope drawing ...
From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Application Deadline for Resident Limited Quota Elk, Deer, Antelope Licenses is June 2
Cheyenne, Wyoming - Wyoming resident big game hunters are reminded the deadline to submit applications for limited quota elk, deer, and antelope licenses is June 2. The deadline is June 2 this year because May 31 is on a weekend. When deadlines fall on weekend dates the Game and Fish accepts applications through 12 a.m. on the next business day.
Hunters are reminded that Game and Fish has switched to a total online application process. Last year, the final year where paper applications were accepted, more than 95 percent of applications were received online.
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South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks partner with Wyoming Game and Fish Hunter Education Program test tomorrow's hunters
Pierre, South Dakota - With the International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) Championship a touch more than two months away, today's young hunters are flocking to their local YHEC competitions in an attempt to qualify for the national event. Believing in the old adage of killing two birds with one stone, South Dakota and Wyoming are teaming up to take care of the of their kids in one fell swoop.
Here's the plan.
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Become an effective long range marksman this summer with NRA Outdoors
Tulsa, Oklahoma – NRA Outdoors has announced the dates for its 2014 Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools, conducted at the R&K Queen Mountain Guest Ranch in Evanston, Wyoming. The four day courses teach the fundamentals of long range shooting, shaping attendees into effective marksmen with the knowledge and confidence to make shots up to 1,000 yards.
Long Range Hunting/Marksmanship Schools feature hands-on instruction by experienced NRA Certified Instructors and some of the industry’s foremost authorities on long range shooting. Classes explore in-depth topics such as ammunition selection, reading weather, bullet placement, spotting skills, maintenance, and more.
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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Spring Turkey Hunting in the Black Hills
Sundance, Wyoming - Turkey hunters in the Black Hills should be prepared to cover more ground and take a few extra days to harvest a mature tom this year. Although improving, turkey numbers have not yet bounced back from a decline during the severe winter of 2010-2011 and subsequent poor poult production and survival. Generally speaking, hunters should expect to see gobbler numbers at, or below last year’s numbers.
Black Hills area wildlife biologist Joe Sandrini, of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, said wild turkey production since 2008 has been generally below average, and mortality was very high during the winter of 2010-2011 due to persistent deep snowpack. As a result, turkey numbers have declined in the Black Hills, although Sandrini believes the downward trend is beginning to reverse itself thanks to a better hatch last spring.
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From the Wyoming Game & Fish Department - Wyoming Hunters Enjoy Near Record Elk Harvest
Cheyenne, Wyoming -
Hunters often talk about the good ol’ days when it comes to their favorite fall ritual, but for elk hunters the good ol’ days are now as revealed by recently completed Game and Fish harvest surveys.
For the second year in a row, Wyoming elk hunters had a banner year with the elk harvest for 2013 topping more than 25,000 animals. Estimated harvest was 25,968 elk for the year, surpassed only by the record 26,365 elk taken in 2012. By comparison, in 1995, elk harvest was 17,695 elk, more than 8,000 fewer than the Wyoming harvest of the past few years.
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