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 By Sarah Pridgeon    Outdoors    May 28, 2020 

Cook Lake will open for day use

Despite delays to the project to replace the spillway, which will require the campground to stay closed this year, Cook Lake should be open for day use by the middle of June, says District Ranger Mike Gosse. The Forest Service has been able to...

 

Temporary rock climbing closures announced

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 closure is implemented annually to provide the falcons...

 

Register your boat for summer

All motorized watercraft are required to have a current watercraft registration and AIS decal. Heading to the water for boating? Be sure to register your watercraft and purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal online to be ready to enjoy the...

 

Summer arrives, the outdoors beckons

As summer approaches, the attention of most Wyomingites has turned to the unique opportunities available in the state’s wide open spaces. Unlike indoor activities, there are limited restrictions applied to your enjoyment of the outdoors – and...

 

Phased reopening of Devils Tower begins

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities, Devils Tower National Monument will resume recreational access to some park facilities. The National Park...

 

4-H doesn't stop for a global pandemic

Livestock projects, quilting class, livestock judging practice, cake decorating are all activities in a normal 4-H members schedule, and through the power of technology, that has remained a constant...

 

Experience the outdoors with Expo at Home

To keep kids and families wild about wildlife and Wyoming’s outdoor resources, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and conservation partners are bringing the outdoors inside. This month, anyone can learn about the outdoors, wildlife and fish with...

 

Season setting meeting information now online

Season setting presentations and videos for the 2020 hunting season proposals are now available online. All Game and Fish season setting meetings have moved to an online forum following federal and state guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19...

 

Game and Fish to draft emergency rules to delay April 1 black bear site registration process

In the interest of protecting public health and adhering to local community orders related to COVID-19, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is working to develop a procedure for new black bear bait registrations. Bait site registrations were...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current SWE (in.) 30-year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current % of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 5.2 1.8 0 2.1 - Blind Park Snotel 6870 21 6.7 7.2 6.8 93 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 * * 5.8 6.6...

 

Rare disease hits pronghorn near Gillette

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in collaboration with the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, is investigating a rare disease outbreak in pronghorn in northeast Wyoming. More than 50 animals have been found dead to date, north of Gillette...

 

UW Extension changes private applicator pesticide license application process amid COVID-19 concerns

The University of Wyoming Extension has implemented an online process for those seeking private applicator pesticide licenses in light of the University of Wyoming suspending all in-person activities until May 15 due to COVID-19 concerns. Extension...

 

Plan a cottontail hunting trip

The cottontail rabbit is the most popular small game animal in Wyoming and can be a great first hunt for kids.  Rabbit hunting does not require a lot of specialized equipment, it is active and engaging for kids and teaches skills that will be used...

 

National Park Service begins project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument is one of several national park units chosen by the National Park Service (NPS) to undergo comprehensive accessibility improvements through the landmark Targeted Accessibility Improvement Program. The program...

 

Hats off to a screaming good time

Six years since launch and the Sundance Winter Festival continues to draw crowds of spectators from far and near, while an ever-increasing list of eager participants drag skis and tack to wait at the...

 

Livestock Board verifying addresses

The Brand Recording Unit recently completed address verification on all livestock brand records. As a result, there were some addresses on file that may not be the most up to date. You may receive an address verification letter in the mail asking...

 

Once steady, Chronic Wasting Disease on the rise in the Black Hills

What’s different about the Black Hills? That’s a question wildlife biologists don’t yet have an answer to, but it could prove significant in the fight against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)....

 

UW Extension offers pesticide applicator training across northeast Wyoming

Several trainings to obtain or renew private pesticide applicator licenses are being offered across northeast Wyoming in February and March by the University of Wyoming Extension. The four-hour training includes integrated pest management, how to...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft) Current Snow Depth (in) Current SWE 30-yr Median (1981-2010) SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30 Year Median SWE (%) Bear Lodge Divide 4680 4.8 1.1 1.5 2.3 73 Blind Park (S) 6870 30.0 5.2 4.6 5.2 113 Cole Canyon (S)...

 

Ask Game and Fish

Q: “Do I need a license to trap or shoot a badger?” A: American badgers are classified as furbearing animals in the State of Wyoming, so a valid furbearing animal hunting or trapping license is required to take badgers. Animals classified as...

 

Ask Game and Fish

Q: “When does my Wyoming conservation stamp expire?” A: The Wyoming conservation stamp is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. If you buy a stamp before your previous one expires, the stamp is valid 12 months from the previous...

 

Game and Fish congratulates employees on years of service

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is congratulating six employees on their years of service to the State of Wyoming. The following employees celebrated work anniversaries in December: • Biff Burton, Saratoga Game Warden - 40 years • Chris...

 

Anglers break Cutt-Slam record in 2019

It was a record year for one of the most sought-after achievements for anglers in Wyoming. A total of 144 anglers completed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cutt-Slam in 2019. Established in 1996, the Cutt-Slam challenges anglers to catch...

 

On thin ice

Grace Moore photo Keyhole State Park Superintendent Wade Henderson reports ice between four and eight inches thick throughout the reservoir with pressure fissures noted around Coulter Bay, Pat’s...

 

Horn night

Photos from last week's Sundance Rod and Gun Club horn night....

 

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