CHEYENNE - For the eighth consecutive year, the Cheyenne Field Archers hit the bull’s eye for hunting and fishing access in Wyoming.
On May 21, the organization presented the Wyoming Game and Fish Department $1,745 to invest in walk-in and hunter management areas. The recent check makes $8,846 the organization has raised for people to have a place to hunt since 2006.
“The Cheyenne Field Archers are proud of the fact that they can help be a part of a program that has such a positive effect on so many people,” said Dan Conrad, president of the 250-member organization. “All this would not happen without the dedication and generosity of the Cheyenne Field Archer's members.”
On two evenings each April the field archers sponsor a competitive 3-D shoot open to the public – with all proceeds benefiting the department’s hunting access programs. This year’s total was the most raised in the club’s annual competitions.
Jason Sherwood, the Game and Fish regional access coordinator for southeast Wyoming, says AccessYes, the funding mechanism for Private Lands/Public Wildlife program, is dependent on the grassroots support of organizations like the field archers and individual hunters and anglers. “The Game and Fish wholeheartedly thanks the field archers and really appreciates their support because donations are the lifeline of the access program,” Sherwood said. “I hope this can be an inspiration to other hunting and outdoor organizations across the state to step up as the field archers have to fuel this program.”
Sherwood encourages hunters and anglers to donate whenever applying for or buying licenses. Donations can be in any whole dollar amount. Typically, nonresident hunters and anglers donate twice as much to access than residents.
For 2011 - the 14th year of the program -- the Game and Fish enrolled 706,253 walk-in hunting acres, 4,944 walk-in fishing acres, and 1,176,497 hunter management area acres. Combined with an estimated 1.69 million public acres also accessible through the programs, this meant that hunters had access to nearly 3.58 million acres in 2011. Hunting walk-in area atlases should be available mid-July at Game and Fish offices and license agents and 2012 hunter management area information will be on the Game and Fish website in early July.
Walk-in areas, as their name implies, can be accessed on foot by properly licensed hunters or anglers for the species listed in the atlas. Hunter management areas are generally larger parcels the department has leased for big game hunting and require hunters to obtain a free access slip through the Game and Fish website. Some access slips are limited in number and are issued by drawing. For more information, visit the Game and Fish website.
(Contact: Jeff Obrecht (307) 777-4532 or Jason Sherwood (307) 777-4046)