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Column: What are your outdoor recreation goals?

April 23, 2015

One of the most rewarding things about living in Sheridan is being able to contribute to the community that helped raise and shape me. For the past 11 years, I have had the great honor of serving on the Big Horn Education Fund Board of Directors, a group tasked with awarding scholarships to graduating Big Read More

Gordon Rose fishing report April 23, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Great fishing continues on area tailwaters. Blue wing olives have joined the midges in coming off the Big Horn every day now. Flows remain at 2200 cfs. as the MT Bureau Office continues their effort to maintain a full reservoir at all costs. With the low, clear water, keep your flies small: #16 Read More

Fly Shop of the Bighorns fishing report April 23, 2015

The North Fork of the Tongue is closed but will be opened in a few more weeks depending on how fast the snow melts. The majority of the mountain over 7,000 feet is closed due to snow covered roads. The lower levels of the mountain are open and fishing is good. Tongue Canyon has been Read More

It’s almost summer — find time for water time

April 16, 2015

Summer is almost here, and with it comes seemingly endless days filled with friends, barbecues, sunshine and, if you’re lucky, some days spent relaxing on the water. Whether you kayak, tube, canoe or paddleboard, there is nothing like a day on the water to rejuvenate you and make you feel like a kid again. Once Read More

Fishing report April 16, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Nearby tailwaters are fishing great. The Big Horn still has good midge fishing on calm days, with more mayflies (#18 blue-wing-olive) beginning to show each day. Flows have dropped back to 2200 cfs. as MT Bureau office sees a drop in snowpack. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are still the Read More

Column: My biggest fish; my big mistake

April 9, 2015

A new fishing season is about to get underway. As we look ahead I think we all anticipate a new season bringing new chances to land that “fish of a lifetime.” For 35 years I’ve spent most of my spare time, and a big part of my working time, fishing with hopes of catching The Read More

Fishing report April 9, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Nearby tailwaters are fishing great. The Big Horn still has good midge fishing on calm days; more mayflies (#18 blue-wing-olive) are beginning to show each day. Flows have remained stable (wow!) at 2900 cfs. for the past week. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are still the best nymphs. The North Read More

Steve Schafer retires after 39 years with the G&F

SHERIDAN — Steve Schafer, a Game and Fish Department bird farm superintendent stationed in Yoder, recently retired after 39 years of service with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Schafer began his Game and Fish career working summers at Game and Fish bird farms in Sheridan and Yoder. In 1976, he was named assistant superintendent Read More

Column: Shake off winter doldrums outdoors

April 2, 2015

The health benefits of being outdoors are well known: getting outside is good for you. Being in a natural setting has been shown to ease depression, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost vitamin D levels (remember the sunshine vitamin?) and lead to better sleep. Some claim spending time outdoors can even make you a nicer Read More

Fishing report April 2, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Nearby tailwaters are fishing great. The Big Horn still has good midge fishing on calm days; a few mayflies are beginning to show. Flows dropped yesterday from 3500 to 3000 cfs. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are the best nymphs for the ‘Horn. The North Platte’s flushing flow was completed Read More

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

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