The Laramie Ranger District reminds the public that the annual shooting restrictions on Pole Mountain went into effect Saturday, March 31. Put in place by a Forest Service order, the restriction prohibits the discharge of firearms within the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest from March 31 through Sept. 10.
Hunters who possess a valid Wyoming hunting license and are actively pursuing the species in which that license was issued for are exempt. This includes spring turkey hunters.
This is an annual renewal of an order which has been in effect since the late 1990s. The order is unrelated to the Pole Mountain Travel Management decision.
Discharging a firearm during the restricted period is prohibited to provide for public safety. The Pole Mountain unit is one of the most highly used recreation areas on the National Forest, and visitor safety is of the utmost concern.
Forest Service Law Enforcement officers have increased presence in the area to ensure compliance by forest users. For additional information on the shooting restriction, please see the attached map.
Additionally, Forest users are reminded that in accordance with the Pole Mountain Travel Management Plan, all roads on Pole Mountain are temporarily closed. The roads will reopen this spring as conditions allow.
For additional information on recreational use of the Pole Mountain area and current road status, please contact the Laramie Ranger District office at 307-745-2300, visit http://fs.usda.gov/mbr or follow the MBRTB on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.