CHEYENNE - Some of the most common questions received by the Game and Fish each year are from hunters looking for public access in their given hunt area.
Around 50 percent of Wyoming is private land and under Wyoming law, hunters must obtain permission from the landowner to hunt private lands or lands for which there is no public access. To help make the task of finding a place to hunt easier, the Game and Fish has implemented two public access programs in which hunters are able to access private lands.
Most hunters are familiar with the Walk-In Area program in which hunters can access private lands to hunt during certain times of year and for certain species. The Walk-In program provides some 700,000 acres of access in different hunt areas throughout much of Wyoming.
Lesser known, but providing a tremendous amount of access is the Hunter Management Area (HMA) program which provides an additional 850,000 acres of access. The Hunter Management program differs from walk-in areas in that a physical permission slip must be obtained to hunt.
Hunter management areas are parcels of land where the Wyoming Game and Fish Department facilitates management of hunters for access to hunt. The area may refer solely to private lands or a combination of private, state trust land and federal land within ranch boundaries. All hunters who wish to hunt these access areas must obtain a printed permission slip. The hunter pays no fee for receiving permission for access for the specific times only for which the permit is valid. Ranch rules for each Hunter Management Area, including species, hunting dates and number of permission slips available, are on the Game and Fish website under Hunter Management Areas.
To use one of the 56 hunter management areas, a physical permission slip can be obtained online or at Game and Fish offices. Details on obtaining hunter management permits and accessing the acreage available through that program can be obtained online or by calling (307) 777-4600.
(Contact: Al Langston, 307-777-4540)