Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

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… Continue Reading

Column: Setting big game hunting seasons

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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

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

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… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

Where the ACTION is!

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Recreation for everyone

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… Continue Reading

Column: Secrets to winter trout fishing

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… Continue Reading

Column: Bo and the Great Escape

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… Continue Reading

WGFD’s offers Sheridan Bird Farm 2014 summary

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… Continue Reading

Column: Creating a winter survival plan

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Sheridan area winter recreation abounds

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… Continue Reading

A guide’s favorite fishing clients

A guide’s favorite fishing clients

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… Continue Reading

Column: The true ‘Fisherman’s Release’

Column: The true ‘Fisherman’s Release’

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… Continue Reading

Column: Up in knots

Column: Up in knots

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… Continue Reading

Beyond gun dogs: Mans best friend

Beyond gun dogs: Mans best friend

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… Continue Reading

Guide Diaries: October on the Big Horn

Guide Diaries: October on the Big Horn

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. … Continue Reading

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