WHEATLAND - Lack of respect of private lands on Platte County Walk-In Area #2, north of Wheatland and near Guernsey, has resulted in the landowner pulling the 1,600 acre tract out of the Game and Fish’s “Walk-In Area” program.
According to Regional Access Coordinator Jason Sherwood, the landowner was becoming increasingly upset with the amount of abuse the property was receiving. Some recreational shooters were illegally accessing the property, leaving cartridge cases and “target” litter, and violating various other regulations for the area.
In at least one instance, the trespassing shooters attempted to argue with the landowner and incorrectly referenced the Walk-In Area as allowing them to be there.
“Walk-In Areas are private properties and camping, target shooting, hiking, and other activities are generally not permitted without written permission from the landowner. They should not be confused with ‘public lands’ such as those owned by the US Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management,” Sherwood said.
People are expected to look at current ‘Walk-In Atlas’ information, which is available on the department’s website, to see what is and what is not permitted.
Sherwood explained, “The Private Lands/Public Wildlife programs are carefully setup to provide access to private properties for fishing, or hunting certain species. The open access dates and other rules are specifically tailored to each property and may vary between each area.”
Hunters and anglers are urged to take an active role in keeping these access areas open by reporting violations of Walk-In Area rules. The Stop Poaching Hotline takes calls 24-hours a day at 1-877-WGFD-TIP and callers may remain anonymous.
Sherwood said, “These programs have been expanding annually and currently provide more than two million acres of access to hunters. In order to maintain access to these private lands, everyone must obey the rules and act responsibly when using them.”
(Contact: Jason Sherwood (307) 745-4046)