Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

Going backpacking? Tips to choose the right pack

Going backpacking? Tips to choose the right pack

Upon hearing the word “backpack,” people naturally think of back-to-school season, when throngs of children board buses and head to classrooms across the country. However, the backpack need not be pigeonholed into such a narrow stereotype; there are many different uses for backpacks. Outdoor enthusiasts, particularly hikers and day-trippers, rely extensively on backpacks. Backpacks facilitate… Continue Reading

ACCESS YES opening land for Wyoming sportsmen

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department offers several different types of access for hunting and fishing. The Department maintains approximately 413,000 acres of land under deed, lease or agreement.  These areas include access to nearly 225 miles of streams, more than 21,000 lake surface acres and more than 148 miles of road rights-of-way. These areas… Continue Reading

These boots are made for walkin’

These boots are made for walkin’

Yee-haw! For many Sheridan locals, Rodeo Week means hosting a group of out-of-town friends and family. With guests of all ages, it’s fun to get creative and show off some of the wonderful summer activities Sheridan has to offer. With weather like this and several great hiking options close to town, many people choose to… Continue Reading

Bighorns home to precious wilderness

Bighorns home to precious wilderness

SHERIDAN — While there are hundreds of wilderness areas across the U.S. — including 14 in Wyoming — few communities have as easy access to the remote landscapes as those in Sheridan and Johnson counties. Wilderness can mean different things to different people. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a wild and natural area in which… Continue Reading

‘Nothing to do this summer’

Do you remember when we all actually got summer off for a school break? Hanging out with you friends, loving not going to school and sleeping in (until 8 a.m.) every day. How times have changed. With summer school, athletic camps and travel team basketball and baseball, we have made the most out of a… Continue Reading

The perfect trout fly?

Sometime over a year ago I wrote about my invention of The Crusader, a trout fly I’d invented to imitate the sow bugs living in Montana’s Big Horn River. I’d been working for a long time to improve upon existing imitations of this favorite trout food. I then had what appeared to be a light… Continue Reading

Trail in northeastern Washington being improved

The Ferry County Rail Trail north of Republic is being improved with smooth surface sections. A 8-foot wide surface of crusher fines was spread and compacted on 2.3 miles of the abandoned railway along the west side of Curlew Lake in May. The new surfacing from Pete’s Retreat South to Herron Creek Road connects to… Continue Reading

Wildlife habitat management areas in the Sheridan region

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, under the direction of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, administers lands and public easement areas that are home to vast numbers of fish and wildlife. Wyoming’s Wildlife Habitat Management Areas provide crucial winter habitat for big game and important production areas for birds and mammals. Each WHMA is… Continue Reading

Visit a Wyoming State Park this summer

Visit a Wyoming State Park this summer

Here in Sheridan County we are fortunate with the access we have to numerous types of outdoor recreation opportunities. Not only are the Bighorns at our finger tips and abounding with adventure opportunities for hikers, climbers, bikers, equestrians, ORV users, fishermen, boaters, skiers and snowmobilers. We have nonprofit organizations like the Sheridan Community Land Trust,… Continue Reading

April showers bring May flowers

April showers bring May flowers

This past weekend was Mother’s Day. For most of us, it means getting outside and mowing the yard, pulling weeds, cleaning your drain gutters and getting your hands dirty. More importantly, between rain showers, we’re busy cleaning out the flower gardens and pots and planting flowers around the yard. After some quick trips to our… Continue Reading

Girls built decoys that lured bird to safer grounds

By Heather Richards Casper Star-Tribune CASPER — The original study was from the 1970s, in the sagebrush-peppered hills near Gillette. A group of scientists wanted to know if they could move the breeding grounds of a finicky Western bird, the sage grouse, to locations safely distant from a coal mine to protect the imperiled grouse… Continue Reading

Cherishing our resources still an important lesson

The U.S. Forest Service’s encouraging people to prevent forest fires began in earnest during World War II. Fears that the national forests were susceptible to fires set by enemy agents, especially along the West Coast, led to one of the nation’s most successful advertising campaigns: Smokey Bear. In addition to tanks, airplanes, armaments and soldiers… Continue Reading

Fishing helps to mold good people

Fishing helps to mold good people

One of my favorite books, “Pavlov’s Trout,” was written by a psychologist, Paul Quinnett. The subtitle of the book is “The Incompleat Psychology of Everyday Fishing.” The book has many interesting chapters but one of the most interesting to me was entitled, “How to turn a perfectly normal child into a fisherman.” The chapter has… Continue Reading

Damage claims are the exception, not the rule

Hunters seeking access to private lands in the Sheridan area find obtaining permission can be difficult. As a means of obtaining additional income from agricultural lands, some property owners lease their lands, charge fees for hunting access or offer “ranch hunts” where they provide outfitting and guiding services. Some allow free hunting with verbal or… Continue Reading

Peace, love & unicorns

Well over a year ago one of my most perceptive students gave me a bright turquoise rectangular sticker that says “peace, love & unicorns” in funky white font next to a smiling unicorn donning a rainbow for a tail.  I stuck it to the edge of my computer screen and it has brought me numerous… Continue Reading

Itching for spring, summer outdoor activities

Itching for spring, summer outdoor activities

As we all follow our “busted” NCAA Tournament brackets “March Madness” reminds us that spring is here and summer is just around the corner. I do not need to tell anyone that our recent weather has us all itching for summer outdoor activities as we prepare for baseball, golf, tennis and persons just using the… Continue Reading

Antler hunting fun, rules and facts

Horn hunting in the Bighorn Mountains isn’t nearly as intense as it is in other parts of Wyoming, where the activity is regulated by Wyoming’s shed antler law. The law prohibits the collection of shed antlers and horns from Jan. 1 through April 30 on lands west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide… Continue Reading

Projects help fish move along stream corridors

Projects help fish move along stream corridors

Over the years, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has worked with many partners to improve the ability of fish to move along stream corridors. We refer to this simply as fish passage. Fish passage involves maintaining the ability of fish to seek spawning areas, relief from high water temperatures or low stream flows, or… Continue Reading

Outdoor apps worth the download

Outdoor apps worth the download

My newest obsession will likely keep me from submitting this article by the deadline. Geartrade.com, where have you been all my life?  This website is essentially an outdoor version of eBay, and upon posting my first listing I was hooked. Instead of spending my free time over the past couple days drafting my column, I’ve… Continue Reading

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