CHEYENNE - Elk hunters who hold licenses in hunt areas 5 and 6 in the Iron Mountain area between Cheyenne and Laramie may apply for a permit that will allow access to a large amount of private lands in each hunt area. Access is available to holders of license types 1, 4, and 6 for areas 5 and 6 as well as holders of unused general licenses.
The Iron Mountain Hunter Management and Access Program (HMAP) is a special hunter access program designed to increase elk harvest on private lands in hunt areas 5 and 6. This hunt is for cow/calf elk only and does not allow the harvest of bulls. Approximately 250,000 acres will be available for hunter access. The Iron Mountain HMAP is located primarily on the Roger’s Canyon Road between Laramie and Cheyenne. It will be divided into the Iron Mountain West HMAP for those hunters wanting access from Laramie and the Iron Mountain East for those hunters wanting access from Cheyenne.
Hunters should be aware that the hunt is likely to be challenging and should be prepared for hunting in fairly rugged terrain.
The hunt will consist of 24 two-day hunt periods starting Nov. 3 and ending Jan. 31. Each hunt period will have a limit of 20 hunters for both Iron Mountain East and West access areas meaning that no more than 40 hunters will be in the areas on a given day. Hunters may begin applying for hunt periods beginning Oct. 22 on a first-come, first-served basis. Information detailing hunt period dates and specific rules will be available on the Game and Fish website http://wgfd.wyo.gov by Oct. 15. Once applicants are selected for an available time period, they will be able to print a permission slip, ranch rules, and information pertaining to the orientation time and location.
“We really appreciate the willingness of the participating landowners to work with us on this new program,” said HMAP coordinator Ty Brown. “It should provide a great opportunity for sportsmen and help us achieve our harvest goals.”
All hunters will be required to attend an orientation session on the first day of their hunt period beginning at 6 a.m. The Iron Mountain East orientation will be off the Horse Creek Road at a location yet to be determined and the Iron Mountain West orientation will be at the Game and Fish office in Laramie.
At the orientations, hunters will be provided information on ranch locations where the elk are most likely to be found and additional information pertaining to their hunt. Hunters will need to bring their copy of ranch rules, permission slips, and maps to the orientation. Hunters must have a completed signed permission slip with them at all times when they are out hunting.
A number of reduced price cow/calf elk licenses are still available for both hunt areas and are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)