CODY - Sportsmen planning to hunt the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management area northeast of Lovell can expect limited access to the management area due to the recent closure of National Park Service lands.
“There are approximately 12,000 acres of National Park Service land within Yellowtail,” said Cody Region Wildlife Supervisor Alan Osterland. “All lands administered by the National Park Service within Yellowtail are closed to recreational use, including hunting and as such, hunters should plan accordingly.”
“While access to Yellowtail may be impacted, resident general license deer hunters still have a large percentage of the state to hunt, while non-resident deer region “F” license holders will have to look at other accessible lands to hunt within region “F”,” Osterland said. “The department recognizes that sportsmen are currently planning their fall hunts and wants to minimize the impacts of these unfortunate closures.”
“Deer hunters with limited quota Hunt Area 123 type 6 licenses will not be affected because those licenses are valid only on private lands within Hunt Area 123,” Osterland added.
Hunters have access to all other lands within Yellowtail that are not owned by the National Park Service. Hunters are urged to consult the Game and Fish website at: gf.state.wy.us/accessto/Whmas/yellowtail.asp for land ownership status within Yellowtail.
The 19,424 acre Yellowtail Habitat Management area is managed by Game and Fish through a cooperative agreement and contains National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-owned lands.
(Contact: Tara Teaschner (307) 527-7125)