LARAMIE - Response to an access program on private lands in elk areas 5-6 between Laramie and Cheyenne has been very popular and has resulted in the filling of all available slots for the hunting season in both areas.
The hunt consists of 20 two-day hunt periods starting mid November and ending Jan. 31. Each hunt period has a limit of 20 hunters for both Iron Mountain East and West access areas meaning that no more than 40 hunters will be in the areas on a given day. Hunters began applying for hunt periods beginning Oct. 22 on a first-come, first-served basis and in less than two weeks all slots were filled.
“The success of the program is dependent on participation of the landowners in the area and hunters,” said Iron Mountain Hunter Management Access Coordinator Tim Grosch. “We really appreciate the willingness of landowners to work with us on this new program and the response from hunters has been tremendous.” It should provide a great opportunity for sportsmen and help us achieve our harvest goals.”
The Iron Mountain Hunter Management and Access Program (HMAP) is a special hunter access program designed to increase antlerless elk harvest on private lands in hunt areas 5 and 6. The elk population in those areas is significantly above management objective.
This hunt is for cow/calf elk only and does not allow the harvest of bulls. Approximately 206,000 acres will be available for hunter access. The Iron Mountain HMAP is located primarily on the Roger’s Canyon Road between Laramie and Cheyenne. It will be divided into the Iron Mountain West HMAP for those hunters wanting access from Laramie and the Iron Mountain East for those hunters wanting access from Cheyenne.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)