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Game and Fish wildlife habitat management areas beginning to close for winter

 

12/4/2023 2:47:23 PM

Cheyenne - Many of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas are closing to human presence — or already have — for the season to provide protections for wildlife on their winter ranges. The majority of WHMAs close or have restrictions for the winter annually. 

Protecting crucial habitat for wildlife is one of the main reasons the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission invests in land throughout Wyoming. WHMAs provide a refuge for big game that must conserve energy and rely on fat stores to survive the coldest months of the year. 

“Seasonal closures are essential for minimizing stress-causing disturbances to wintering deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife,” said Ray Bredehoft, Game and Fish habitat and access branch chief. “Closures also reduce the human and recreational impacts to the forage, which supports the wildlife on their winter ranges.”  

The closures are for any human presence unless otherwise noted.
 

WHMA CLOSURE DATES

HABITAT AREA

NEAREST TOWN

DATES AREA CLOSED

RESTRICTIONS

Forbes/Sheep Mountain

Albany

Jan. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

Greys River

Alpine

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

Wick/Beumee

Arlington

Dec. 1 through May 15

Only lands south of I-80 are closed. Vehicles restricted to FS-111 for access to the U.S. Forest Service boundary, otherwise closed to human presence.

Bud Love

Buffalo

Jan.1 through May 14

Closed to human presence. 

Sunlight

Cody

Dec. 16 through April 30

Fishing along Sunlight Creek is open year-round.

Inberg/Roy (East Fork)

Dubois

Dec. 16 through May 15 

Closed to human presence.

Spence & Moriarity

Dubois

Dec. 16 through May 15

East Fork County Road and that portion east of the road is open year-round. Rest of the WMA is closed to human presence.

Whiskey Basin

Dubois

Dec. 1 through May 15 

Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic. 

Medicine Lodge

Hyattville

Jan. 1 through May 31

Lower campground portion is open year-round.Turkey hunting allowed in lower portion during the seasonal closure. 

Renner

Hyattville

Jan. 1 through May 31

Upper portion closed to human presence. Lower portion remains open year- round.

Camp Creek

Jackson

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

Horse Creek

Jackson

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

South Park

Jackson

Jan. 1 through April 30

Closed to vehicle traffic Dec. 1-April 30. Signed area open to foot traffic Dec. 1-31. Closed to all Human presence Jan 1- April 30.

Ed O. Taylor

Kaycee

Jan. 1 through May 14

Closed to human presence. 

Ellis

Kaycee

Jan. 1 through May 14

Closed to vehicles Sept. 1-May 14. Closed to human presence Jan. 1-May 14.

Red Canyon

Lander

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

Sunshine

Meeteetse

Jan. 1 through May 31

Closed to human presence after cow hunting seasons ends.

Half Moon

Pinedale

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence. 

Soda Lake

Pinedale

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence. 

Fall Creek

Pinedale

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence. 

Luke Lynch

Pinedale

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

Black Butte

Pinedale

Dec. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

Morgan Creek

Rawlins

Nov. 1 through April 30

Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic.

Pennock Mountain

Saratoga

Nov. 15 through April 30

Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic. 

Amsden Creek

Sheridan

Nov. 1 through May 14

Closed to vehicles. Open to foot/horse traffic Nov. 1-15.

Amsden Creek

Sheridan

Nov. 16 through May 14

Closed to human presence.

Kerns

Sheridan

Nov. 1 through May 31

Closed to vehicles. Open to foot/horse traffic Nov. 1-15.

Kerns

Sheridan

Nov. 16 through May 31

Closed to human presence. 

Laramie Peak

Wheatland

Feb. 1 through April 30

Laramie Peak is open all year except the Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge and Duck Creek Canyon areas shall be closed to human presence from Feb. 1-April 30 each year.

Pilot Hill

Laramie

Feb. 1 through April 30

Closed to human presence.

WHMAs OPEN YEAR-ROUND

HABITAT AREA

NEAREST TOWN

DATES AREA CLOSED

RESTRICTIONS

Ocean Lake

Riverton

   

Sand Mesa

Shoshoni

   

Chain Lakes

Wamsutter

   

Cottonwood Draw/Grayrocks

Wheatland

 

ORV access prohibited.

North Glendo

Glendo

   

Jelm

Laramie

 

Vehicular access is restricted to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.

Rawhide

Lingle

 

Vehicular access is restricted to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.

Springer/Bump Sullivan

Yoder

 

Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1-May 15. ORV access prohibited.

Table Mountain

Torrington

 

Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1-May 15. ORV access prohibited.

Tom Thorne/Beth Williams

Wheatland

 

Closed to motorized vehicles beyond the reservoir from Feb. 1-May 31. 

Yellowtail

Lovell

   

Red Rim/Daley

Rawlins

 

Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.

Red Rim/Grizzly

Rawlins

 

Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.

Sand Creek

Sundance

   

PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS WITH SEASONAL CLOSURES

HABITAT AREA

NEAREST TOWN

DATES AREA CLOSED

RESTRICTIONS

Mexican Creek 

Lander

Jan. 1 through Aug. 31

County access road closed Nov. 22.

Mud Springs

Lander

Open during big game hunting seasons

Non-motorized access through adjacent public lands. Hunting for pronghorn, white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk only.

Killebrew

Pavillion

Jan. 1 through Aug. 31

 

Mule Creek Ranch

Laramie

Feb. 1 through Oct 14

HMA permission slip required.

VonGontard Landing 

Jackson

Dec. 1 through Mar. 1

Weather may affect closing and opening dates.

Pitcher/ Brokaw 

Arlington

Jan. 1 through July 31

ORV prohibited.

Carter/Billy Miles

Ten Sleep

Jan. 1 through Aug. 31

 

Coco Belle VanMeerendonk  

Jackson

Dec. 1 through April 14

Closed to wheeled motorized vehicles. 

(Breanna Ball, Public Information Officer - (breanna.ball1@wyo.gov))

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