WHMA / WHMA / Half Moon


Public Access Area Open: May 15 at 6am - Dec1
Recreation Opportunities: Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Camping, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Amenities: Parking
Restrictions: Dec. 1- May 15 at 6am
Additional Restrictions: No human presence Dec 1 - May 15 at 6am 14 day camping limit restricted to designated sites only Travel restricted to roads marked with white arrows Certified weed free hay only No Collection of shed antlers or horns January 1-May 15 at 6:00 AM
Total Acres: 3761.4

Half Moon Wildlife Habitat Management Areas is located six miles southeast of Pinedale and provides quality winter range for up to 700 elk and a large population of mule deer. Vegetative communities on the 3,741 acres consist mostly of sagebrush grasslands and conifer forests atop Half Moon Mountain. Perhaps the most striking feature of the area is Half Moon Mountain, which starts at 7,400 feet elevation and rises to 8,200 feet in less than a mile. Besides providing habitat for elk and deer, Half Moon is home to pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, moose, rabbits, coyotes and many songbirds.  Hunt for deer, antelope or sage grouse in the lower areas, or fish for brook and brown trout in Pole Creek. Take advantage of the wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. Primitive camping sites exist along Pole Creek within the WHMA. The area provides access to adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands and little Half Moon Lake where additional recreational opportunities exist.

This WHMA lies within bear country, please visit our bear wise page for information on recreating in bear country -

Camping limit is 14 days.
Half Moon is closed each year from December 1 (12:00 am) through May 1 (6:00 am)


For questions about this Public Access Area, please contact:
Pinedale Regional Office

432 E Mill ST
Pinedale, WY 82941
ph: (307) 367-4353
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Last Updated: 6/28/2019
*Some boundary areas are missing and will be updated as soon as possible.
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