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Trail classifications to change on Bighorns

July 18, 2013

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest will change classification on approximately one-third of its trails, according to a media release. Recreation specialists update the Bighorn National Forest Trails Strategy, first published in 2005, every year. Changes to the classification system are based on reviews of trail condition, safety, type of use, and whether the trail Read More

Ol’ Ephraim —the grizzly bear’s grip on the imagination

Charismatic megafauna. That’s what they call the large mammals that hold sway over our imaginations. And none holds more than Ol’ Ephraim, Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear. I have managed to take one grizzly in my life, though technically it was a coastal brown bear, which is a grizzly that has bulked up on Read More

USFS, G&F to sponsor free kids fishing day

July 11, 2013

SHERIDAN — Young anglers will have a chance to try their luck at fishing and learn about the environment during the Bighorn National Forest and Wyoming Game and Fish Department sponsored free kids fishing day Saturday. Volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming Game and Fish will be on hand to provide assistance and Read More

‘Bowling for Trout’ secrets

Last weekend I went fishing on the Big Horn River with another veteran from the VA Medical Center through my Healing Waters Program. The military vet had been distanced from his 9-year-old son for a period while the vet was attending a program at the Medical Center. We thought this fishing trip would be a Read More

Hunter applications increase in 2013

June 27, 2013

CHEYENNE — The discontinuation of printed application booklets and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s transition to a paperless application process didn’t negatively affect the number of hunters applying for Wyoming big game licenses in 2013. For resident elk and resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses, applications were up several thousand from the previous Read More

Hunting the prong-buck

Something I have in common with Theodore Roosevelt is that he, like I, could be a perfectly miserable shot on antelope. Once upon a time, I, like he, could admit, “I had thus bagged one prong-buck, as the net outcome of the expenditure of 14 cartridges. This was certainly not good shooting … ,” which Read More

Hunters can get a buckshot education Saturday

June 20, 2013

SHERIDAN — Population growth is causing some problems around Story and Big Horn — especially with a certain crowd that is drawn to the area’s rich, agricultural lands. No, not the farmers. White-tailed deer have found a feast in area hay and alfalfa fields. They eat the valuable commodities that are fed to livestock or Read More

Trails Day work day Sunday

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Sunday with a work day at the Cutler Nordic Trails off U.S. Highway 14 west of Dayton, according to a press release. Anyone interested in improving the trails for summer bicycling and winter recreation is invited to join volunteers from Bomber Mountain Cycling Read More

Seeking out warm-water fish species

Our recent bouts of heavy thunderstorms, alternated with periods of hot temperatures, have left all the area trout streams high and muddy with spring runoff. But as one national TV personality likes to say, “Let not your heart be troubled!” Now is a great time to seek out various warm-water species in our area lakes Read More

G&F looking for 1000th Cutt-Slam

June 13, 2013

CHEYENNE — At some point this summer, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will receive an application from the 1000th person to qualify for the Wyoming Cutt-Slam. In recognition of that milestone, renowned fly fishing equipment manufacturer Orvis Co. has donated a complete fly rod, reel and line combo to the person who achieves that Read More

Survey will explore dove hunter opinions

CHEYENNE — The National Dove Hunter Survey, a cooperative effort by state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics will include learning about hunter characteristics, time spent hunting, their Read More

A gallimaufry of gun-related items

The French have, as they so often do, a word for it: gallimaufry, a “hodgepodge” of random notes. And these will be a gallimaufry of things “gun.” Take “gun nut.” There is a consensus about when the term “gun culture” came into the language. It was back in 1970 in a book by noted historian Read More

Local wardens issue several citations, warnings over holid­ay weekend

June 6, 2013

SHERIDAN — During the Memorial Day weekend, game wardens actively patrolled lakes, streams and reservoirs within the Sheridan region conducting fishing compliance and boating safety checks. “Regional wardens issued 26 citations and 20 written warnings for fishing and boating violations over the weekend. The most common violations were fishing without a valid license, failing to Read More

Moose research project expanded to northern Wyoming range

JACKSON — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit recently expanded a moose research project being conducted in the northern Wyoming Range between Jackson and Pinedale. A total of 65 moose have been captured and fitted with Global Positioning System radio collars over the past three years Read More

A hidden gem — Montana’s Ruby River

Last weekend I had the privilege of revisiting my old stomping grounds in southwestern Montana. I nominated three military vets in my Healing Waters Project for a nationally sponsored fishing trip to Ruby Springs Lodge near Alder, Mont. Alder is a tiny town. There’s the gas station/grocery store, Chic’s Bar/Motel, a small campground and about Read More

G & F working to improve sauger fisheries

May 30, 2013

LANDER — Two sauger spawning operations occurring this spring in the Wind/Bighorn River drainage will help recover populations in one area and in the other, improve the sport fishery and ensure genetic purity. In the Wind River drainage, the operation will involve taking eggs from female sauger and raising offspring to 3-inch fingerlings for release Read More

Game and Fish monitoring wolf populations in NW Wyo.

ANDER — Under the terms of U.S. Fish and Wildlife delisting of gray wolves, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is required to monitor the population of wolves in northwest Wyoming. As part of its ongoing efforts, Game and Fish will conduct scientific trapping operations in several locations during the next few months.” Trapped wolves Read More

Rifle choice key in Wyoming turkey hunting success

As we all know, Wyoming is a mythical realm situated somewhere between Erewhon and Oz. It is a place of its own mores, laws, and even reality —or more to the point, in the words of a Wyoming rancher, quoted by Annie Proulx, “Reality’s never been of much use out here.” Yet it’s eccentricities remain, Read More

Mayfly madness on the Big Horn River

May 23, 2013

By Gordon Rose I recently nominated three military vets from my Healing Waters program for a regionally sponsored three-day trip next week to Ruby River in Montana. The vets are rank beginners, so I took them on a “training” trip to the Big Horn last Friday. My plan was to float the entire upper 12 Read More

Budget cuts could impact state part operations

SHERIDAN — Heading into the 2013 summer season, the Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails wishes to inform the public of the impact of recent budget reductions on parks operations. There will be fewer seasonal employees hired at some state parks and historic sites and visitors may see taller grass and other impacts Read More

Wyoming fishing guide now available online

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Fishing Guide, is now available online at The guide takes you through Wyoming on a drainage-by-drainage basis of the most popular streams, lakes, reservoirs, and fishing locations in Wyoming. It is organized by Wyoming’s five drainage areas, within each is a table listing popular waters and the species of fish Read More

Women’s antelope hunt scheduled for October in Ucross

SHERIDAN — The first Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt will be held Oct. 3-6 in Ucross. The event is hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and the Wyoming Community Foundation in efforts to promote hunting and recreational activities by women not only from Wyoming, but from all around the country. The event will take place at Read More

Three to serve as fish techs this summer

SHERIDAN — Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists in the Sheridan region will have help this summer. Chance Kirkeeng, Garret Point, and Nathan Shepherd began working in mid-May as summer fish technicians and will continue until late this summer. Kirkeeng is from Buffalo. This is his third season. He attended Northwest Community College for Read More

Bighorn campgrounds opening for Memorial Day

SHERIDAN – The Bighorn National Forest is busy gearing up for the 2013 camping season, with its unofficial opening Memorial Day weekend. The Prune Creek, Shell Creek, Leigh Creek Middle Fork, South Fork, and Tie Hack campgrounds and the Ranger Creek Recreation Area in Shell Canyon will open Friday for camping enthusiasts. Campers are advised Read More

Passing of a lively canine companion

May 16, 2013

He turned just four on Friday. And it is not boasting to say he turned heads, even total strangers’. And now he’s dead. We were playing out on a friend’s ranch. Call it retriever training, but it was play. The orange retrieving dummy spun through the air like a majorette’s baton and Kaycee’s short liver-and-white Read More

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