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

Many big game hunting seasons are coming to a close, and so are the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA).

12/4/2017 11:31:24 AM

Cheyenne - Many big game hunting seasons are coming to a close, and so are the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas (WHMA). The majority of WHMAs close for the winter annually to provide protection to big game on their winter range.

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

The closures are for any human presence unless otherwise noted.
 

WHMA SEASONAL CLOSURES
HABITAT AREAs NEAREST TOWN DATES AREA CLOSED RESTRICTIONS
Forbes/Sheep Mountain Albany Jan. 1 through April 30  
Grey’s River Alpine Dec. 1 through April 30  
Wick/Beumee Arlington Nov. 16 through May 15 Only lands south of I-80 are closed
Bud Love Buffalo Jan. 1 through May 14  
Sunlight Cody Dec. 16 through April 30  
Inberg/Roy (East Fork) Dubois Dec. 16 through May 15  
Spence & Moriarity Dubois Dec. 16 through May 15 East Fork County Road and the portion east of the road is open year round
Whiskey Basin Dubois Dec. 1 through May 15 Closed to vehicles only - Open to foot/horse traffic
Medicine Lodge Hyattville Dec. 26 through June 30 Medicine Lodge Creek open to foot access for fishing
Renner Hyattville Dec. 1 through May 31 Lower portion remains open year round
Camp Creek Jackson Dec. 1 through April 30  
Horse Creek Jackson Dec. 1 through April 30  
South Park Jackson Jan. 1 through April 30 Closed to vehicle traffic Dec 1 through April 30.  Signed area open to foot traffic Dec 1 through December 31
Ed O. Taylor Kaycee Jan. 1 through May 14  
Red Canyon Lander Dec. 1 through April 30  
Sunshine Meeteetse Dec. 1 through May 31 Closed to vehicles year round - Closed to human presence Dec 1 - May 31 Foot or horseback allowed June 1 to November 30th
Half Moon Pinedale Nov. 21 through April 30  
Soda Lake Pinedale Dec. 1 through April 30 Fishing on Soda Lake is closed Nov 15 through April 30.
Luke Lynch Pinedale Dec. 1 through April 30  
Fall Creek Pinedale Nov. 21 through April 30  
Morgan Creek Rawlins Dec. 1 through April 30 Closed to vehicles only - Open to foot/horse traffic
Pennock Mountain Saratoga Dec. 1 through April 30 Closed to vehicles only - Open to foot/horse traffic
Amsden Creek Sheridan Nov. 1  through May 31 Closed to vehicles
Amsden Creek Sheridan Nov. 16 through April 30  
Kerns Sheridan Nov. 1 through May 31 Closed to vehicles
Kerns Sheridan Nov. 16 through May 31  
Laramie Peak Wheatland Feb. 1 through April 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 DATES AREA CLOSED RESTRICTIONS
Ocean Lake Riverton    
Sand Mesa Shoshoni    
Chain Lakes Wamsutter    
Grayrocks Wheatland   ORV access not allowed
Jelm Laramie    
Rawhide Lingle Vehicular access restricted to parking areas.  ORV access not allowed  
Springer/Bump Sullivan Yoder Closed to motorized vehicles from October 1 through Memorial Day weekend.  ORV travel is not allowed  
Table Mountain Torrington Closed to motorized vehicles from October 1 through Memorial Day weekend. ORV travel is not allowed  
Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Wheatland    
Yellowtail Lovell    
Red Rim/Daley Rawlins    
Red Rim/Grizzly Rawlins    
 
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 closes November 22
VonGontard Landing Jackson Dec. 1 through Mar. 15 Weather may affect closing and opening dates.
Pitcher/ Brokaw Arlington Jan. 1 through July 31  
Billy Miles/Carter Ten Sleep Jan. 1 through Aug. 31  
 

(Sara DiRienzo (307-777-4540))

- WGFD -


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