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Game and Fish Wildlife Habitat Management Areas beginning to open this spring

Some areas have new opening dates, times

4/30/2018 9:45:21 AM

Cheyenne - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has 38 Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA) that provide big game winter range and other benefits. These areas are beginning to open for the season, after being closed to protect key winter habitat. Several areas open beginning May 1, and some have changes to traditional opening dates and times. These changes were made to protect wildlife and to improve public safety on these areas.

Ray Bredehoft, Wyoming Game and Fish Habitat and Access Branch Chief said, “Seasonal closures minimize stress-causing disturbance to wintering deer, elk and other wildlife. We appreciate the public’s cooperation to help animals make it through the winter and we are excited to open up these lands for the public to enjoy this spring, summer and fall. We do ask that in the early spring that the public is cautious around wildlife. Elk, deer, pronghorn, moose and others are about to start fawning and calving.”

The closures also reduce the human and recreational impacts to the forage, which supports wintering wildlife. Some areas have shifted to a later opening date than previous years; the public should confirm opening dates before entering any WHMA.
Users are reminded to stay on designated travel routes, obey all signs, and camp in designated areas where required.  If roads become too wet due to spring moisture, users are asked to please try and avoid traveling those roads to reduce resource damage.

WHMA SEASONAL DATE TABLE

HABITAT AREAS NEAREST TOWN DATES AREA OPEN RESTRICTIONS
Forbes/Sheep Mountain Albany May 1 through Dec. 31  
Grey’s River Alpine May 1 through Nov. 30  
Wick Arlington May 16 through Nov. 15 Only lands South of I-80 are closed.
Bud Love Buffalo May 15 through Dec. 31  
Sunlight Cody May 1 through Dec. 15  
Inberg/Roy (East Fork) Dubois May 16 through Dec. 17 Gates will open at 8 a.m.  on May 16
Spence & Moriarity WMA Dubois May 16 through Dec. 17 East Fork County Road and that portion east of the road is open all year. Gates will open at 8 a.m.  on May 16 .
Whiskey Basin Dubois May 16 through Nov. 30 Closed to vehicles only-open to foot/horse traffic. Gates will open at 8 a.m. on May 16 .
Medicine Lodge Hyattville June 1 through Dec. 31 Medicine Lodge Creek open to foot access for fishing.
Renner Hyattville June 1 through Dec. 31 Lower portion remains open year round.
Camp Creek Jackson May 1 through Nov. 30  
Horse Creek Jackson May 1 through Nov. 30  
South Park Jackson May 1 through Nov. 30 Signed area open to foot traffic Dec. 1- Dec. 31
Ed O. Taylor Kaycee May 15 through Dec. 31  
Red Canyon Lander May 1 through Nov. 30  
Sunshine Meeteetse June 1 through Nov. 30 Closed to Motor Vehicles Year Round-open to foot/horse traffic.
Half Moon Pinedale May 1 through Nov. 20  
Soda Lake Pinedale May 1 through Nov. 30  
Fall Creek Pinedale May 1 through Nov. 20  
Luke Lynch Pinedale May 1 through Nov 30  
Morgan Creek Rawlins May 1 through Oct. 31 Closed to motor vehicles, except BLM Road 3159; open to foot traffic during closure dates.
Pennock Mountain Saratoga May 1 through Nov. 30 Closed to vehicles only-open to foot/horse traffic.  
Amsden Creek Sheridan June 1 through Oct. 31  
Amsden Creek Sheridan May 15 through May 31
Nov. 1 through Nov. 15
Open to human presence only, no motorized vehicles.
Kerns Sheridan June 1 through Oct. 31  
Kerns Sheridan Nov. 1 through Nov. 15 Open to human presence only, no motorized vehicles.
Laramie Peak Wheatland May 1 through Jan 30 Laramie Peak is open all year except for Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge, and Duck Creek Canyon areas which are closed from February 1 through April 30 each year.
 

WHMAs OPEN YEAR-ROUND
HABITAT AREA NEAREST TOWN RESTRICTIONS
Ocean Lake Riverton  
Sand Mesa Shoshoni  
Chain Lakes Wamsutter  
Grayrocks Wheatland  
Jelm Laramie  
Rawhide Lingle Vehicular access restricted to parking areas.  ORV access not allowed
Springer/Bump Sullivan Yoder Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1 through Memorial Day weekend. ORV travel is not allowed
Table Mountain Torrington Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1 through Memorial Day weekend.  ORV travel is not allowed
Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Wheatland  
Yellowtail Lovell  
Red Rim/Daley Rawlins Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.
Red Rim/Grizzly Rawlins  
 

PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS WITH SEASONAL CLOSURES
HABITAT AREA NEAREST TOWN DATES AREA OPEN RESTRICTIONS
Mexican Creek Lander Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 County access road closes on Nov. 22
VonGontard Landing Jackson Mar. 15 through Nov 30 Weather may affect opening dates.
Pitcher/ Brokaw Arlington Aug. 1 through Dec 31  
Billy Miles/Carter Ten Sleep Sept. 1 through Dec. 31  
 
Photo: The Wick WHMA in the Laramie Region. 

(Sara DiRienzo (307-777-4540))

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