Game and Fish Habitat Areas Provide Recreation Opportunities Opening for Summer

By: USFWS Mountain-Prairie

CHEYENNE—With the coming of the summer months, most of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMAs) that were closed to minimize disturbance to wintering deer, elk and other wildlife are opening up for public use. Game and Fish habitat areas typically provide a variety of outdoor opportunities including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing.

 

“These areas provide access to thousands of acres of land open to the public with amazing fishing, camping, hiking and hunting during set seasons,” Chief of the Game and Fish’s Services Division Scot Kofron said. “We do ask that in the early spring that the public is cautious around wildlife. Elk, deer, pronghorn, moose and others are about to start fawning and calving.”

 

Users are reminded to stay on designated travel routes, obey all signs, and camp in designated areas where required.  If roads become too wet due to spring moisture, users are asked to please try and avoid traveling those roads to reduce resource damage.

 

To learn more about the Wildlife Habitat Management Areas visit the Game and Fish webite at wgfd.wyo.gov/accessto/whmas.asp

 

The following is a listing of habitat areas and their opening dates:

 

 

Wildlife Habitat Management Areas
HABITAT AREA NEAREST TOWN      DATE AREA OPENS       RESTRICTIONS
Forbes/Sheep Mountain Albany May 1
Grey’s River Alpine May 1
Wick Arlington   May 16
Bud Love Buffalo   May 15
Sunlight Cody May 1
Inberg/Roy (East Fork) Dubois   May 16
Spence & Moriarity WMA Dubois   May 16
Whiskey Basin Dubois   May 16
Medicine Lodge Hyattville                July 1
Renner Hyattville June 1
Camp Creek Jackson May 1
Horse Creek Jackson May 1
South Park Jackson May 1
Ed O. Taylor Kaycee May 1
Red Canyon Lander May 1
Sunshine Meeteetse June 1 Closed to Motor Vehicles Year Round
Half Moon Pinedale May 1
Soda Lake Pinedale May 1
Fall Creek Pinedale May 1
Morgan Creek Rawlins May 1 Non-Motorized access only
Pennock Mountain Saratoga May 1
Amsden Creek Sheridan May 1 May 1 thru May 31 and Nov 1 thru Nov 15  Non -Motorized access only
Kerns Sheridan June 1 Nov 1 to Nov 15 – Non-Motorized access only
Laramie Peak Wheatland May 1
WHMAs OPEN YEAR-ROUND INCLUDE:
HABITAT AREA NEAREST TOWN      RESTRICTIONS
Ocean Lake Riverton
Sand Mesa Shoshoni
Chain Lakes Wamsutter
Grayrocks Wheatland
Rawhide Lingle
Springer/Bump Sullivan Yoder
Table Mountain Torrington
Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Wheatland
Yellowtail Lovell
Red Rim/Daley Rawlins
Red Rim/Grizzly Rawlins
PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS with Opening Dates
Mexican Creek PAA Lander Sept. 1 County access road closes on Thanksgiving
VonGontard Landing PAA Jackson Mar. 15 Weather may affect opening dates.
 Brokaw PAA Arlington Aug. 1
Billy Miles/Carter Access Ten Sleep Sept. 1

(Contact: Al Langston 307-777-4540)