CASPER - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds sportsmen to be respectful when hunting on private lands enrolled in the Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program this fall.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office personnel are currently investigating an incident at a Walk-in Area in Sheridan County in which some equipment and other property was damaged and destroyed. With hunting seasons in progress, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges sportsmen to be respectful of landowners who generously open their private lands to hunting and fishing.
“It is a privilege to hunt or fish on any lands enrolled in the Private Lands Public Wildlife program, and sportsmen must conduct themselves appropriately when accessing these lands,” said Matt Withroder, PLPW regional access coordinator in Casper.
The PLPW Access Program allows public access to excellent hunting and fishing opportunities on private lands. Private lands play an integral role in sustaining wildlife diversity and populations in Wyoming. A Walk-in Area is a tract of private land on which the Wyoming Game and Fish Department leases hunting or fishing access for public enjoyment. Most lands enrolled as Walk-in access for sportsmen are privately owned and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department pays the landowner for the leases. However, the land is still privately owned and a landowner can remove the lands from public access at any time.
“Please respect the lands, the wildlife, and the landowner and help keep these lands open to sportsmen,” Withroder said.
Anyone who witnesses vandalism or any other illegal activity while hunting on private lands is encouraged to notify the Wyoming Game and Fish Department immediately. Tips can be made to the Stop Poaching Tip Line at 1-877-WGFD-TIP or on the WGFD website at wgfd.wyo.gov.
(Contact: Robbin Kepple (307) 473-3400)