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"Jason, how do I use the Access Yes GeoPDFs and print maps?"

Hunters looking for Access Yes maps will be happy to know our mapping capabilities have improved. The Game and Fish website now offers a multitude of maps, as well as options for you to customize your own maps for every Walk-In and Hunter Management Area in the state. Here’s how to use these interactive maps:

  1. Start on the Game and Fish Public Access page and find the area you want to map . Each access area launches a detailed interactive map when you click on the “More information” button for an area.
  2. From this page (and also from the “View Your Hunter Management Areas” link after you apply for HMA permission slips), you can choose to download pre-made maps for each access area. The maps can be printed or they can be downloaded and saved to your location-enabled Smartphone. Loading the maps into a “Geospatial PDF” (or “GeoPDF”) viewer app such as “Avenza Maps” will allow you to use your phone like a GPS unit, even if you don’t have cellular service while you are hunting. The app will show your location on the access map, and you can mark important points and add photographs or notes for each one.
  3. Inside the interactive map for each access area, you can change the base layers to one of a variety of contour and road map choices, as well as aerial/satellite imagery. You can also draw and make personalized notes on the map before clicking the “print” button. The print options allow you to make a paper map, or save it to your computer. If you choose to save it as a “.pdf” file, it will be a GeoPDF which you can also use on your location-enabled Smartphone.
You can also use our step-by-step guide with photos on using GeoPDFs.

Jason Sherwood
Laramie Regional Access Coordinator

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