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Due to the severe drought conditions, wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are warning people that there will be losses to wildlife even with a somewhat mild winter.

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Membership in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has swelled to an all-time high of 184,135. That total, posted at the end of December, is 6,135 members more than year-end 2010.

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Following approval of a revised wolf management plan by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf population in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Due to recovery efforts and the provisions of the revised state plan, the Wyoming wolf population is healthy and stable, current and future threats to wolves have been addressed, and a post-delisting monitoring and management framework has been developed.

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After some very interesting activities over the last few weeks, we have finally crossed a significant milestone in dealing with wolf issues and the impacts they are having on those wildlife populations for which we are so protective. After the failure of some last minute legal negotiations, Congress finally intervened and legislatively delisted the gray wolf in almost all of the Northern Rocky Mountains.

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A number of application periods begin on Jan. 1. The nonresident application period for elk is the month of January, and Jan. 1-Mar. 15 is when nonresidents must apply for deer and antelope. Applications for the drawings for both resident and nonresident moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat licenses are accepted during the months of January and February.

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ACCESSYES DONATIONS PROVIDE MORE PLACES TO HUNT AND FISH
Wyoming- For more than 10 years Hunters in Wyoming and anglers The AccessYes program was set up shortly after the walk-in area program began as a method to provide a payment source to compensate landowners for providing access. Game and Fish state access coordinator Matt Buhler said that in 2008, hunters and fisherman gave $131,375 to AccessYes. An additional $45,261 was gifted by conservation organizations and sportsmen. "Most of the donations are made at the time of license purchase," according to Buhler.

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Spring Hunting In Wyoming
So what is there to hunt in the spring and how does one go about participating in these hunts? For starters, there is the ever-growing pursuit of wild turkeys. Hunters who are a bit more hard core may wish to try their hand at one of Wyoming's more elusive species, the black bear. Wyoming does have spring hunts for black bear and has a very effective system for managing this species.

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CHEYENNE-- May is certainly not the time when big game hunts take place in Wyoming, but it is the time when residents start making plans for their fall hunting trips. The month of May is the resident application period for limited quota elk, deer and antelope licenses.

The application deadline is normally May 31, but since that falls on a weekend this year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will accept applications received by 5 p.m. mountain time on June 1. The Game and Fish advises hunters that all applications must be received in the Cheyenne office by the deadline date to be entered in the drawing regardless of the postmark date.

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New WY Bear Management Site Goes Live
CODY--The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has unveiled a new grizzly bear management Web page on the department's Web site. The new page provides up-to-date information on grizzly bear conflict, research and education efforts, including weekly updates on bear management activities in Wyoming.

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Dance of the Wyoming Grouse - View from a distance
SHERIDAN-- Spring is the time to observe Wyoming's native sharp-tailed and sage-grouse on their leks, or courtship areas. Male members of these grouse families are competing for mates. This display takes place from March through early May.

The ultimate Wyoming status seeker is the sage-grouse. The sage-grouse, also known as the sage chicken, is so called because its winter diet is almost exclusively sagebrush. Sage-grouse leks can attract from 10 to more than 200 males. The dominant males are usually in the center of the lek. They are the ones who do most of the breeding. Spotting the males is quite easy because the front of the bird is white.

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SPRING WYOMING TURKEY HUNTING OUTLOOK FOR THE BLACK HILLS
SUNDANCE-- A steady rise in the wild turkey population in the Black Hills over the past number of years has wildlife managers forecasting a good spring turkey hunt this coming season.

Black Hills area wildlife biologist Joe Sandrini said that beginning with average productivity in 2002, the Black Hills wild turkey population has had a substantial increase. Although there have been a few years where production has fallen, the turkey population has increased steadily to what was believed a 20 year high in 2007.

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CHEYENNE-- If the winter of 2008-09 so far is any indication, wildlife should be entering the spring in good shape and biologists are looking forward to a good production year from Wyoming's major big game species.

However, game managers caution that more spring rains or snows are needed if the range is to be able to sustain the habitat improvements that were made with the moist conditions of the previous year. In general, it is an open winter in most parts of the state and the animals are getting through the cold months in very good condition.

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New WGFD system will make getting these licenses easier

CHEYENNNE-- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced dates for the sale of issue-after limited quota big game licenses for the 2009 hunting season. Issue-after licenses are licenses that were not sold during the initial limited quota license draws earlier in the year.

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SHERIDAN-- Hunters still have big game hunting opportunities this fall. Mild winters combined with good fawn production have produced an overabundance of white-tailed deer in some areas of the Sheridan region.

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Casper's Albino Mule Deer Dies
An albino mule deer, well known by Casper residents, has died. The doe was found dead in a resident's backyard on Thanksgiving Day and was reported to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Game Warden John Lund believes the deer died of natural causes

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Wyoming Waterfowl Hunting Could be Good this Year
CHEYENNE-- If the numbers of ducks and geese in the northern marshes and waterways are any indication, waterfowl hunting could be good this year according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department waterfowl biologist Larry Roberts.

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PINEDALE-- Jeremy S. Zumwalt and Gregory L. Carter, both from the Salt Lake City, Utah area, were recently convicted in Sublette County Circuit Court for multiple violations associated with the illegal shooting of a trophy class mule deer buck out of season. Zumwalt was also convicted of interference with a peace officer and reckless driving associated the poaching incident that took place Nov. 16, 2007, near Big Sandy, south of Pinedale. Carter was convicted of taking big game from a vehicle, waste and abandonment and trespassing, in addition to taking an antlered deer during a closed season.

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CODY-- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Shoshone National Forest are urging hunters and other backcountry users to carry bear spray for th...

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CASPER-- Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered for the first time in elk hunt area 117 and deer hunt area 2 near Sundance.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Laboratory analyzed a sample from a targeted cow elk from hunt area 117 and the sample tested positive for CWD. The elk was found at Solider Creek, just east of Highway 85 about 5 miles west of the South Dakota border. Elk hunt area 117 has been considered part of the endemic area for deer (hunt area 6) since 2003. "This area has long been positive for deer and we just now found a positive elk in this area," said Hank Edwards, wildlife disease specialist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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Hunters: Know Your Bears and Lions
JACKSON-- This time of year the Wyoming Game and Fish Department always reminds hunters to know their target before they pull the trigger, but especially when it comes to bears and lions.

Both black bears and mountain lions are hunted species in Wyoming, and the Game and Fish Department encourages hunters to visit their website to take a quick voluntary online test before heading afield to pursue these species.

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CHEYENNE-- If the numbers of ducks and geese in the northern marshes and waterways are any indication, waterfowl hunting could be good this year according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department waterfowl biologist Larry Roberts.

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When you've got the smallest human population of any state in the Union on the ninth largest land area, the hunting forecast is always a pretty dang good one. But a variety of other factors: namely drawing a good license and favorable weather, enter in to make the trip complete.

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CHEYENNE-- As big game hunting winds down in many areas throughout the state, much of the interest of Wyoming's hunters turns to birds, with pheasants being among the most popular quarry.

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CHEYENNE - A new Wyoming program helping beginning hunters to try hunting with a mentor before taking hunter safety is now available.

If you were born on or after January 1, 1966, you must complete a hunter safety course before hunting in Wyoming. Wyoming's new Hunter Mentor program, however, allows any person who has not yet received hunter education certification to apply for special authorization to hunt while being accompanied by a mentor. This allows a hunter to experience hunting before committing to the coursework required to complete hunter safety.

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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. 25 (62) and Nov. 2 (59). 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, 2008. Adults are encouraged to accompany all youth hunters and are required to be with kids under 14.

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CHEYENNE-- The first episode in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's new TV series will be all about sage grouse. On Sept. 7, Wyoming Wildlife TV will focus on the natural history and current status of these birds, as well as a variety of issues surrounding this landmark species.

"Wyoming has more sage grouse than any other state," said Eric Keszler, Pubic Information Officer for the WGFD. "But sage grouse populations in Wyoming and throughout their range have been declining due to a variety of factors. Our inaugural episode of Wyoming Wildlife TV will examine the reasons for this decline, what researchers are learning about sage grouse and some of the many efforts being undertaken to recover populations."

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Two of the five pronghorn herd units in the Bighorn Basin are below objective, two are considered at objective, while the fifth herd does not have a post-season population objective. Population trend in all five herds has been stable to slowly increasing the past 5 years. Hunting seasons were conservative in recent years when fawn production and habitat conditions were poor. Recognition of drought conditions and lowered habitat quality has also factored into management and hunting seasons, as populations have been intentionally managed to remain below carrying capacity. Slightly more liberal hunting seasons are proposed for a few hunt areas in 2008, in response to increased pronghorn numbers.

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"I want to hunt wild pheasants in Wyoming," the caller on the other end of the line was saying. "Where should I go?"

While on the surface this question might seem easily answered, it is not that cut and dried. Wyoming does have pheasants and does have wild pheasants in a number of areas. Those that have hunted pheasants for long in the state know that much of the public access hunting is supplemented through stocking of pheasants from the two bird farms operated by the Game and Fish. These farms release around 30,000 pheasants each year in Wyoming. Most releases take place on Game and Fish wildlife habitat units and walk in areas where the public has access for pheasant hunting. But, in answer to the question, there are wild pheasants in Wyoming, and some of the walk-in areas have wild pheasants. There are also wild pheasants in much of the private lands outside of walk-in areas, but to hunt these areas, permission must be obtained from the landowners.

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CASPER-- A project underway on the Thunder Basin National Grassland will remove cheatgrass and prickly-pear cactus to allow growth of native vegetation in an effort to improve wildlife habitat. The grassland provides habitat for pronghorn, sage-grouse, mule deer, elk, and a variety of non-game birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

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The Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center was a flurry of activity earlier this month when Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel banded 42 geese on the center's lawn, a project that specifically targeted members of the Rocky Mountain population of Western Canada geese. The visitor center is located on the National Elk Refuge, adjoining Flat Creek where Canada geese are frequently seen.

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The listing of hunt areas where certain types of big game licenses are still remaining has been available for more than a month now and by the time you read this, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will have conducted the second drawing...If past history is any guide, most antelope licenses leftover after that drawing will be on areas where the land is predominantly private. Many of the deer hunt areas will be also on private land spots but there are usually some deer areas with public access on the leftover list.

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CASPER-- A day outside is a great way to learn new skills, have fun and connect with family, friends or just yourself. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department hopes you'll start your outdoor adventures at the Wyoming Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo, Sept. 11-13 in Casper.

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 Second Drawing Completed for Elk, Deer and Antelope Licenses
CHEYENNE-- The supplemental drawing for limited quota elk, deer and antelope licenses has been completed and a number of licenses still remain in various hunt areas throughout the state.

A listing of areas with available licenses is on the Game and Fish Web site. Licenses could be purchased from any Game and Fish office and the more than 100 fully automated license agents throughout the state beginning Aug. 5. A listing of automated license agents can also be found on the Game and Fish Web site. Beginning Aug. 15, all remaining reduced price cow/calf elk and doe/fawn deer and doe/fawn antelope licenses will be sold at these same automated license agents.

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UPTON-- For 2008, you can call J.R. Grieves and Caleb Thompson the reigning champs of Wyoming hunting.

It's not because the Upton young men - age 14 and 16 - tagged 400-point elk, and got their picture in a national outdoor magazine. Rather, J.R. and Caleb displayed that outdoor expertise by besting other young hunters in trap shooting, .22 marksmanship wildlife identification and other hunting/outdoor skills at Wyoming's first annual National Rifle Association sanctioned Youth Hunter Education Challenge June 28 at the Upton Gun Club.

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JACKSON-- National Elk Refuge Manager Steve Kallin and Wyoming Game and Fish Department Jackson Region Wildlife Supervisor Tim Fuchs announce the initiation of a new online application process for obtaining elk hunting permits for the National Elk Refuge. Wyoming Game and Fish Department staff have worked closely with refuge personnel to expand the State's computerized system for its Private Lands Public Wildlife (PLPW) access program to include the National Elk Refuge.

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JACKSON- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is beginning a new research project on the Jackson Elk Herd that will involve collaring up to eleven elk along the southern boundary of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) this summer. The elk, which summer in YNP and winter on the National Elk Refuge (NER), are of particular interest to area sportsmen's groups who helped fund the project.

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CHEYENNE - Resident and nonresident moose and bighorn sheep hunters and nonresident elk, deer and antelope hunters are reminded that the preference point only application period is now underway. Applications for preference points will be accepted through Sept. 30.

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CHEYENNE - Hunters who missed the earlier application periods for elk, deer and antelope licenses could still have an opportunity to hunt this fall by participating in the upcoming drawing for hunt areas and license types that were under subscribed in the initial draws.

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KEMMERER-- Six highway underpasses are being installed on U.S. Highway 30 in Nugget Canyon to assist migrating mule deer cross the highway safely and protect motorists from colliding with game animals.

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"Summertime and the living is easy," - particularly if the kids are occupied and engaged. That can be a tough goal anywhere, but perhaps a little easier in Wyoming with the great variety of scenery, resources and activities is a great place to reach that goal.

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June seems like a strange month to be talking about hunting and getting ready for the fall season, but in Wyoming many hunters have been planning their hunts for months. For nonresidents, the drawing application period for elk was the month of January and nonresidents had from January until March 15 to apply for deer and antelope. For residents the application period for limited quota elk deer and antelope was the month of May.

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GREEN RIVER-- More than 100 volunteers assisted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with the 15th annual western Wyoming mule deer mortality surveys held near Cokeville, Pinedale, Big Piney and Leroy.

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CHEYENNE-- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has opened a public comment period on a number of proposed changes to regulations and seasons including Gray Wolf Hunting,hunters saftey, mountain lion hunting and more

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Hunters should be aware that the Beer Mug Hunter Management Area north of Medicine Bow has been closed to public access for 2008.

"Anyone hoping to apply for an elk area 16 license needs to be aware this HMA will not be available and plan accordingly," said Matt Buhler, statewide access coordinator for the Game and Fish Department.

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SPRING HUNTS   by Al Langston, Information Specialist   It's no secret that March is often thought of as one of those waiting months. Y...

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LARAMIE-- Two local chapters of Pheasants Forever in Wyoming recently donated to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's AccessYes program. The Chug Creek Chapter from Wheatland and the High Plains Chapter from Pine Bluffs donated $2,500 each to the program.

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SHERIDAN -- Spring is the time to observe Wyoming's native sharp-tailed and sage-grouse on their leks, or courtship areas. Male members of these grouse families are competing for mates. This display takes place from March through early May.

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CASPER-- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking hunters for help collecting data for a research project that will help biologists learn more about wild turkey movements and mortality in the Black Hills. The four-year study is being done in partnership with several funding agencies, and carried out by graduate students from South Dakota State University in cooperation with the Game and Fish Department.

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Spring 2008 turkey seasons in Areas 3, 5 and 7 (Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell counties) opened April 1. Most turkeys in these areas are found on private land so hunters are reminded to obtain access permission from landowners prior to hunting. Area 1, includes the Black Hills area (Crook and northern Weston counties) has more public land available to hunters and opens on April 12.wy

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Considering hunting for shed antlers this winter? Make sure you understand and obey antler and horn possession laws that are enforced by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

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You can apply for a big game or turkey license in the traditional manner (through the mail) or through the Internet. And you can take hunter education in the traditional manner (classroom with an instructor) or through the Internet now.

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BLACK HILLS HAS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SPRING SEASON AND FOR SIGNIFICANT WINTER KILL YET

Wyoming's premier turkey range the Black Hills has the potential to offer excellent hunting this spring but also the potential to endure substantial winterkill if winter doesn't loosen its grip on the northeast corner of the Equality State.

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SHERIDAN - As many big game seasons wind down in northeast Wyoming, it is time to take advantage of the many bird-hunting opportunities available in this part of the state. Many upland bird, duck and goose seasons are open or will be open soon.

Pheasant season will open Saturday, Nov. 3 in Hunt Area 3 (Sheridan and Johnson Counties) and will close Dec. 31. Pheasant season opened Oct. 1 in Hunt Area 10 (Campbell County) and will close Dec. 31.

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CHEYENNE – As hunting winds down in some big game areas, some of Wyoming is gearing up for pheasant season, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has selected the walk-in areas that will be stocked with pheasants.

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CHEYENNE - A pair of ring-necked ducks - a diving duck with a white stripe on its bill - will find their way to the back of the bird licenses of 6,000-plus Wyoming waterfowl hunters in 2007.

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CASPER - The vast majority of Wyoming duck hunters approve of the bag limit and season length of the last five years and would continue hunting if the bag limit were reduced to as low as three birds a day.

Those sentiments were revealed in the National Duck Hunter Survey 2005 sponsored by the National Flyway Council and the Wildlife Management Institute.

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YODER -With the goal of providing the best pheasant hunting opportunity and maximizing the number of stocked pheasants ending up in hunters's game vests, the Game and Fish Department has selected the Goshen and Laramie County walk-in areas that will be stocked with pheasants this fall.

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