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White-nose syndrome detected in bats at Devils Tower National Monument

Wildlife researchers have confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats at Devils Tower National Monument. While this is the first confirmation of WNS in the state, the fungus that causes WNS, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), was...

 

Splashes of summer

With summer in Sundance comes the sound of happy kids as they splash into the pool to cool off. This year’s hours are from noon until 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, with open lap swim from 5 to 6...

 

Black Hills National Forest announces 2021 Moon Walk schedule

The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2021 season. In its 26th year, Forest visitors will explore the importance of caves and karst systems, beavers, learn about the stars in the night sky and...

 

Fishing fun

The Sundance Rod and Gun Club hosted their annual kids’ fishing derby last Saturday with an amazing turnout of 57 kids. The club provided hot dogs, sodas and prizes for each participant. McKinlee Kylander had the longest trout at 11” and Jackson...

 

White Ranch Park preps to open

George and Betty White always wanted to leave a legacy for their community. This Memorial Day weekend, the foundation that has worked for more than a decade to fulfill their vision invites you to...

 

Fishing derby this weekend

Sundance Rod and Gun Club will be sponsoring a kids’ fishing derby at the Sundance Pond on Sat., May 22. The derby will start at 1 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Registration will start at noon. The derby is free for all kids 13 years old and...

 

Local attractions opening this weekend

Devils Tower National Monument has announced that the Belle Fourche River Campground and picnic area will be opening on May 15. Cook Lake will also be opening for both camping and day use on May 14....

 

Wyo Game and Fish issues 2K new elk tags as herds exceed goals

Elk populations in Wyoming’s major herds are nearly 30% over objective Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel revealed as their governing commission approved hunting seasons and nearly 2000 additional licenses Wednesday. Some 101,800 elk...

 

The Forestry Corner

By Ed Mignery, WY Tree Farm Committee and Jeremy Dedic, WY State Forestry Division Have you ever taken something for granted, then really looked at it and realized how special it is? I have passed oak trees in our area many times. I did not give...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft) Current Snow Depth (in) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in) 30-yr Median (1981-2010) SWE (in) Last Year’s SWE (in) Current Percent of 30 Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 - Blind Park Snotel 6870 10.0...

 

Ten graduate Hunter Education

A class of ten students recently completed the Wyoming Game & Fish Department Hunter Education Class held in Sundance. This class involves about 17 hours of class instruction, marksmanship, gun handling and the passing of a written test. The class...

 

Temporary closures to protect nesting falcons and climbers

Rock climbing routes on the southwest face and the southwest edges of Devils Tower summit will be temporarily closed effective immediately to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The...

 
 By Mark Watson    Outdoors    March 25, 2021

Ryan Ranch welcomes triplet calves

ALADDIN, Wyo. — Ranchers through the Northern Great Plains are in the midst of calving season right now, and that is true at the Ryan Ranch, located north of Aladdin, Wyo. But unlike nearly every ot...

 

New spring season dates for most wild turkey hunt areas

There’s a new opening date for Wyoming’s spring turkey season. Hunters should plan for an April 20 opener in four of the state’s five hunt areas. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission made this...

 

Ask Game & Fish

Q: “What can I do to prevent the spread of zebra mussels found in moss balls?” A: Zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species, were recently found in moss balls sold through Wyoming pet stores. Moss balls are used in aquariums for decoration and...

 

First FERTA easement nears completion

For a number of years, Crook County and the U.S. Forest Service have been working to create a map of the area that identifies ownership of particular roads and the entity responsible for their maintenance, a project that will ensure the public...

 

Timber sustainability in question

The impacts of wildfire and the mountain pine beetle have had serious negative impacts on the Black Hills National Forest, prompting an ongoing discussion about the best way to manage the forest’s health and sustainability into the future. An...

 

Hunter Education Class

A Wyoming Game and Fish Department authorized and approved Hunter Education Class is scheduled in Sundance just in time for prospective new hunters to get certified before the spring wild turkey season in the Black Hills. Even if you never hunt, the...

 

Searching for a snack

Bald eagles often migrate during winter in search of better sources of food. This particular local resident, pictured near Rupe Hill during the cold snap, may be wishing he’d gone a little further...

 

In harmony

Winter arrived with a vengeance this week, bringing frigid temperatures, cold winds and a few inches of much-needed snow. Not everyone was displeased by the new state of their digs, though. Above, a...

 

Back on the track

A mountain lion hunt can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience even for the most avid of hunters, which is why volunteers from across northeast Wyoming were thrilled to provide one here in Crook County...

 

Timber sale aims to improve forest health near Sundance

The Bearlodge Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest is working with Wyoming State Forestry Division to treat insect- and disease-infected trees, reduce hazardous fuels and restore or improve forest, watershed or rangeland conditions and...

 

Fire crews burn piles across the Black Hills National Forest

Forest Managers are working to reduce hazardous fuels across the Black Hills National Forest. Districts across the Black Hills National Forest are focusing efforts on burning thousands of hand and...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-year Median (1981-2010) SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Blind Park Snotel 6870 7 1.9 3.2 3.6 59 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 6 .8 2.2...

 

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