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Column: Creating your own game trails in life

March 26, 2015

I have to admit that for a few days after his last escapade and our first editorial, Bo my dog has been grounded in the back yard. He has spent a little time on a chain. It was hard to do this, but I was trying to send him a message. No leaving the yard. Read More

Column: Setting big game hunting seasons

March 19, 2015

Each fall, hunters in Wyoming go afield in pursuit of their favorite big game animal. For Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife managers, planning for that hunting season started almost a year earlier. Wildlife biologists and game wardens start thinking about season structure for a hunting season a year in advance. That is when they Read More

Fishing report March 19, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Tailwaters (below a dam) will be a good ticket for the next six weeks. The Big Horn is fishing very well, although flows are and will be increasing periodically due to poor storage planning by the Bureau of Reclamation. Flows increased to 3,400 cfs today. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails Read More

Column: DST is here, whether you like it or not

March 12, 2015

Here in the United States, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a relatively recent phenomenon. It was first signed into law as “fast time” in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson during World War I to minimize the use of artificial lighting and save fuel for the war effort, but the idea dates back to ancient civilizations Read More

G&F seeks info on 3 elk poached near Parkman

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for the illegal killing of three elk in Sheridan County. The elk were killed on private ranches northwest of Parkman. It appears the elk were shot from the road. Two of the three elk were mature bulls. Read More

Fishing report March 12, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Tailwaters (below a dam) will be a good ticket for the next six weeks. Our nearest tailwaters, the Big Horn and the North Platte Rivers are fishing very well now. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are the best nymphs for the ‘Horn; use leeches and rock worms on the Platte. Read More

Where the ACTION is!

March 5, 2015

This is a weekly fishing report by Gordon Rose, a commercial fly tier and operator of Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, which is part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. Tailwater Fisheries Tailwaters (below a dam) will be a good Read More

Column: Sunshine is good for you

Do you know anyone who seems to have a mood disorder when they don’t get enough activity and sunshine? I have a friend who often reminds me of an angry caged animal when he spends too much time indoors. He is apt to be temperamental, edgy, irrational and downright maniacal. However, the personality changes that Read More

Column: Recreation for everyone

February 26, 2015

The State of Wyoming and Sheridan County have endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. State and federal lands are just minutes from your doorstep. I would like to encourage you to visit the thousands of acres of wide-open, wild Wyoming landscape. Hiking and backpacking are popular activities in this area, but you can experience the beautiful Read More

Column: Secrets to winter trout fishing

February 19, 2015

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. Unlike many other cold-blooded creatures, trout do not hibernate to survive the cold winter.  Instead, their metabolism drops Read More

Looking for adventure? Recreation abounds in the Bighorn Mountains

February 12, 2015

Susan Douglas is  a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Forest Service. Known for abundant snow, vast open areas, and gentle terrain, the Bighorn National Forest is a winter recreation destination. The forest offers some of the best winter recreation in the state and draws people from around the region and beyond. One of the Read More

Column: Bo and the Great Escape

February 5, 2015

Joey Puettman is the founder and  program director of Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation. On a Friday morning a few weeks ago I woke realizing the cold I had been battling for two weeks was going to continue to be a big part of my day.  The snow outside had doubled, and I knew I was Read More

WGFD’s offers Sheridan Bird Farm 2014 summary

January 29, 2015

Bud Stewart is the Public Information Specialist for the Sheridan Region of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. The Sheridan Bird Farm employees wrapped up the 77th year of stocking Ringneck Pheasants onto publicly accessible upland bird habitat on Dec. 29.  Since 1937, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has hatched, raised and released the Read More

Column: Creating a winter survival plan

January 22, 2015

Colin Betzler is the executive director of the Sheridan Community Land Trust. It’s that time of year when all sensible media outlets share advice on beating back the ills of winter.  Whether it is coping with seasonal affective disorder, Vitamin D deficiency, managing stress or just a case of the winter blues, it seems like Read More

Keyhole Reservoir tricky for anglers

SHERIDAN — December was a troublesome month for ice anglers on Keyhole Reservoir, according to Wyoming Game and Fish officials. The ice on some parts of the lake was thick enough to allow ice anglers to get out on the ice; however other areas of Keyhole had open water. Moorcroft Game Warden J. D. Davis Read More

Meeting scheduled to discuss ‘Mule Deer Initiative’

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging all interested individuals to attend a second public meeting to discuss the status and management of the Upper Powder River Mule Deer Herd located in southwest Johnson County. This meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Harold Jarrard Park community building in Kaycee beginning Read More

Bighorn National Forest welcomes new ranger

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest welcomed Amy Ormseth as the new district ranger for the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan this month. Ormseth hopes to focus on connecting with local communities and working with the broad array of user groups and constituents to engage them in local management strategies. Ormseth’s background is in engineering Read More

Column: Sheridan area winter recreation abounds

January 8, 2015

Richard Wright is  director of the Sheridan Recreation District. Welcome to my first attempt and editorial on outdoor recreation opportunities in the Sheridan area.  The Sheridan area offers a variety of outdoor recreation for all ages. Lately it has been very cold outside and that may limit your activities. As my good friend Tim Demchok Read More

A guide’s favorite fishing clients

December 24, 2014

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. It’s wintertime, and I’ve been working hard for the past few months tying hundreds of dozens of flies Read More

Column: The true ‘Fisherman’s Release’

December 11, 2014

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. If you’ve spent more than a few days fishing each year, your are, unfortunately, going to end up Read More

Column: Up in knots

December 4, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. When a lot of us consider the gear a hunter carries in the field, thoughts turn to rifles or shotguns, or perhaps bows, a knife, maybe a hatchet and other implements like a compass (replaced these days not even by a Read More

Beyond gun dogs: Mans best friend

November 20, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. Dogs are at the heart of it.  One of the earliest words for hunter was the Greek kynēgetēs, translated as “leader of dogs” and for a dozen millennia or more, humans have worked with dogs to hunt food for both.  The Read More

Guide Diaries: October on the Big Horn

November 13, 2014

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. As many of you know, fishing on the Big Horn this fall has been nothing short of terrible.  Read More

Column: Better late than never: Hunting season isn’t over yet

November 6, 2014

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. The Cabela’s catalog came in the mail the other day, and what I noticed, other than that there were just too many wonderful things I undoubtedly did not truly need and could certainly ill afford, was the cover announcing “Late Season Read More

Column: Guide Diaries: “The Ghost Trailer”

October 30, 2014

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy.   As a fishing guide, you always strive to make your client’s day as productive as possible. That Read More

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