The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Commission has set several dates around the state to discuss the changes they would like to make to the 2017 Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Regulations. They are proposing to amend the following regulations;
Chapter 43, Areas Closed to the Taking of Specified Wildlife (repeal) In addition to amendments that generally address hunt areas, season dates, bag limits, and license quota change
Chapter 2, 2016 General Hunting Regulation. Definitions of several terms have been modified for clarity, but do not change the original intent of the definitions. The term “Off National Grasslands” is being deleted and is no longer needed as a hunt area boundary limitation. Section 15 has been edited for clarity concerning transportation and disposal of elk, deer and moose taken from Chronic Wasting Disease hunt areas within Wyoming. The Department is currently evaluating the number of reduced price doe/fawn and cow/calf licenses a person may apply for and receive for certain hunt areas.
Chapter 5, 2016 Antelope Hunting Seasons. Hunt area boundaries for antelope Hunt Areas 31, 32, 69, 70, 73, 90, 93, and 96 are being modified. Portions of Hunt Areas 90 and 96 are being used to create new Hunt Area 101. A new boundary description is being provided for Hunt Area 101. In Section 4, edits have been made requiring hunters participating in a disabled hunter season extension to be in possession of a Disabled Hunter Season Extension Permit.
Chapter 6, 2016 Deer Hunting Seasons. Mule deer and white-tailed deer seasons may be separated in some hunt areas. Antler point restrictions may be added or removed from some hunt areas. Hunt area boundary descriptions have been modified for deer Hunt Areas 34, 66, 67, 88, 132 and 133. Deer Hunt Areas 141 and 162 are being combined into a new deer Hunt Area 141. A new hunt area boundary description is being provided for deer Hunt Area 141. In Section 4, edits have been made requiring hunters participating in a disabled hunter season extension to be in possession of a Disabled Hunter Season Extension Permit.
Chapter 7, 2016 Elk Hunting Seasons. Hunt area boundary descriptions have been modified for elk Hunt Areas 19, 23 and 120. Elk Hunt Area 113 will be open for the 2017 hunting season. In Section 4, edits have been made requiring hunters participating in a disabled hunter season extension to be in possession of a Disabled Hunter Season Extension Permit.
Chapter 8, 2016 Moose Hunting Seasons. Moose Hunt Areas 33 and 44 will be closed for the 2017 hunting season. Moose Hunt Areas 36 and 40 will not be combined for the 2017 hunting season.
Chapter 9, 2016 Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Hunting Seasons. The boundary descriptions for bighorn sheep Hunt Areas 8 and 23 are being combined into a new Hunt Area 8. A new boundary description is being provided for bighorn sheep Hunt Area 8. Hunt Area 23 is being eliminated.
Chapter 14, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons and Light Goose Conservation Order. Several existing regulatory provisions have been reformatted to new Sections within this regulation for a consistent flow of information. Additional edits to this regulation include: adding a light goose season in the Pacific Flyway, modifications to legal shooting hours for taking migratory game birds and for the light goose conservation order for consistency with other regulations, an increase in the bag limit for Dark Geese to 4 daily and 12 in possession, a reduction in the pintail internal bag restriction from 2 to 1 daily, the age limit to participate in the youth waterfowl hunting days is increased from 15 to 17 years old and a hunt area boundary description has been added for the Bump Sullivan Managed Goose Hunt. Limited quota sandhill crane season dates and quotas are currently being evaluated to increase hunter opportunity.
I encourage you to attend one of the several meeting(s) held across the state. I have listed them by region and I hope to see at them. Let the Wyoming Game and Fish Department know that you are interested in how they manage our wildlife and speak up if you would like to see change. If you can not attend one of the meetings then mail your comments by March 30, 2017 5pm to :
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
3030 Energy Lane
Casper WY 82604
Date Time City/Town Location
March 16 6:00 p.m. Baggs Valley Community Center
March 16 6:00 p.m. Powell Bighorn Federal Bank
March 16 6:00 p.m. Riverton Fremont County Library
March 20 6:00 p.m. Cokeville Town Hall
March 20 6:00 p.m. Greybull Town Hall
March 20 7:00 p.m. Hulett Community Center
March 20 6:00 p.m. Meeteetse Meeteetse Conservation District Office
March 20 6:00 p.m. Pinedale Game and Fish Office
March 20 4:00 p.m. Sheridan Game and Fish Office
March 20 6:00 p.m. Torrington Platte Valley Bank
March 21 6:00 p.m. Dubois Headwaters Arts and Conference Center
March 21 4:00 p.m. Gillette Campbell County Public Library
March 21 6:00 p.m. Jackson Teton County Commission Chambers
March 21 6:00 p.m. Kemmerer South Lincoln Training and Event Center
March 21 6:00 p.m. Lovell Fire Hall
March 21 7:00 p.m. Newcastle USDA Building
March 21 4:00 p.m. Sundance Crook County Courthouse
March 21 6:00 p.m. Thermopolis Bighorn Federal Bank
March 21 6:00 p.m. Wheatland Platte County Library
March 22 6:00 p.m. Afton Civic Center
March 22 4:00 p.m. Buffalo Johnson County Public Library
March 22 6:00 p.m. Douglas Converse County Courthouse
March 22 6:00 p.m. Rawlins Jeffrey Memorial Community Center
March 22 6:00 p.m. Saratoga Town Hall
March 22 6:00 p.m. Worland Washakie County Fairgrounds
March 23 5:00 p.m. Lusk Niobrara County Courthouse
March 27 6:00 p.m. Casper Game and Fish Office
March 27 6:00 p.m. Cody Bighorn Federal Bank
March 27 6:00 p.m. Laramie Berry Center/UW Campus
March 27 6:00 p.m. Mountain View School Board Room
March 28 6:00 p.m. Cheyenne Game and Fish Headquarters
March 28 6:00 p.m. Evanston Uinta County Library
March 28 6:00 p.m. Lander Game and Fish Office
March 28 7:00 p.m. Sheridan Game and Fish Office
March 29 6:00 p.m. Green River Game and Fish Office