Donate to Access Yes when applying or buying licenses

Wyoming boasts over 2.8 million acres of hunting access and 4,007 lake acres and 89 stream miles for fishing on private land

1/6/2020 8:45:22 PM

Cheyenne - In Wyoming, finding a place to go hunting and fishing isn’t hard. In addition to plentiful public land, Wyoming boasts over 2.8 million acres of hunting access and 4,007 lake acres and 89 stream miles for fishing on private land, thanks to the Access Yes program. 

Access Yes is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department program that works with landowners to provide no-fee hunting and fishing opportunities on private and inaccessible public lands through  hunter management areas, walk-in hunting areas and walk-in fishing areas.

The program is funded by donations from sportspeople and partner organizations. Each dollar donated to Access Yes equates to approximately 3.1 acres of public access. Funds pay for access easements, not Game and Fish operating expenses.

Anyone can donate to Access Yes online or while applying for or buying a hunting or fishing license,”said Cody Region Access Coordinator Jordan Winter. “Each donation helps Game and Fish continue to provide access.”

Access Yes provides hunting opportunities for big game, small game, upland game and migratory game birds throughout the state. Hunters can use walk-in hunting areas without a permission slip. To access hunter management areas, hunters must apply for a permission slip prior to hunting. As part of the program, a landowner decides which species can be hunted and what “ranch rules” must be followed — no other public recreation is allowed on the properties.  

Currently Access Yes is celebrating 20 years of partnering with landowners to provide public access opportunities. Currently there are 58 walk-in fishing areas, 331 walk-in hunting areas and 59 hunter management areas throughout the Wyoming. 

“Due to the generous donations from conservation groups, community organizations, hunters, anglers and the public, there is increased access for public hunting and fishing, license sales and wildlife management opportunities as well as reduced agricultural damage through hunter harvest. This is a win-win for hunters, anglers and landowners alike,” Winter said.

Hunters and anglers can donate to Access Yes when applying or purchasing a license or through simply making a donation on the website. For maps and detailed information on Access Yes, visit the Access Yes webpage.


(Sara DiRienzo (307-777-4540))

- WGFD -

  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Public Access

Game and Fish Commission earns regional award

WAFWA named the Commission the Commission/Board of the Year for 2020.

Continue reading...

Owl Creek drainage of Bighorn Sheep Hunt Area 5 opening August 1

Emergency rule granted to mitigate potential disease spread

Continue reading...

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donation provides 46,500 acres of hunting and fishing public access

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $15,000 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program.

Continue reading...

Wyoming Cutt Slam promises adventure and clout

Some Wyoming anglers are a cutt above the rest.

Continue reading...

Governor Gordon Announces Wild Bison License Raffle Winner

Governor Gordon donated a bison license to support Wyoming wildlife conservation

Continue reading...

Game and Fish stocks 6,000 jumbo channel catfish

Visit one of the 19 community fishing ponds

Continue reading...

2020 Wyoming Super Tag winners announced

$1.3 million generated for wildlife conservation

Continue reading...

More residents applying for hunting licenses in 2020

Wyoming big game hunting applications continued to swell in the 2020 draw

Continue reading...

Report dead wild rabbits to Game and Fish

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is collecting wild rabbit carcasses for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus2 testing

Continue reading...

Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today


Conserving Wildlife - Serving People