SHERIDAN — The 2012 Wyoming Legislature gave the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission the authority to develop regulations governing firearm cartridges and archery equipment used for the taking of big or trophy game animals and game birds.
The Commission passed regulations that became effective earlier this year. One of the changes is that shotguns using “double aught” (00) or larger buckshot will now be legal for taking big or trophy game animals.
“We don’t expect to see many persons use buckshot statewide, but there are areas near Big Horn, Story and Buffalo where landowners have asked for limited range alternatives to conventional firearms when it comes to white-tailed deer hunting,” Sheridan Regional Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert said.
To encourage the use of this new tool and educate hunters, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will host a buckshot familiarization clinic at the Sheridan County Sportsman Gun Club range located at 89 Keystone Road on Aug. 17. Hunters will be asked to bring their own 12-gauge shotgun with an open choke or choke tubes and eye and ear protection.
The WGFD will provide ammunition and targets.
Groups of 10 shooters must choose a one-hour block between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. where they will be given an opportunity to learn about buckshot, try different brands of ammunition and fire their shotguns from different distances.
Hunters wishing to participate must call the Sheridan Regional Office and reserve a time to participate on that date.
For more information or to reserve a time call the Sheridan Regional Office at 307-672-7418 by Aug. 16.