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A gallimaufry of gun-related items

June 13, 2013

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

Spring safety tips for visitors to the Bighorn National Forest

SHERIDAN — As more people head outdoors to enjoy warm, spring weather, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding everyone to be safe when in the forest. While there are always risks involved with outdoor recreation, knowing what to do to stay safe is the first line of defense. With warmer temperatures and rain showers, even Read More

G & F holding mountain lion, wolf meeting

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be holding a series of public meetings in May to discuss proposed changes to mountain lion, wolf management and wolf seasons for 2013. The meeting for the Sheridan Region will be held at the Sheridan College CTEL presentation hall May 22 at 7:00 p.m. Draft regulations Read More

Game and Fish: Leave newborns alone

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges people who find young animals this spring to leave wildlife newborns alone. Most animal mothers hide their young and return to them periodically to nurse. People finding young animals often assume these newborns have been abandoned, but this is almost never the case. The mother knows Read More

Ag. and Interior secretaries highlight wildfire preparedness

BOISE, Idaho — During a visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho recently Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell outlined the Federal Government’s efforts to ensure collaboration in protecting Americans from wildfire and urged homeowners and local communities to take steps to reduce their risks during the 2013 fire Read More

To protect and enhance: Local TU chapter staying busy

May 9, 2013

Trout Unlimited is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is “to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.” There are hundreds of TU chapters throughout the country who work through various projects and educational activities to accomplish that mission. We have a local TU chapter in Sheridan, named the Little Big Read More

‘Gun-a-Palooza’ May 17

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Friends of National Rifle Association will hold a “Gun-a-Palooza” fundraiser event at 5 p.m. May 17 at The Black Tooth Brewing Company. This event is an opportunity to win one or more of over 40 quality firearms, as well as cash and other prizes. Barbecue burgers and “Bronc Dogs” will Read More

Deadline for paper applications for big game licenses May 15

SHERIDAN — Hunters are reminded that limited-quota big game paper applications must arrive at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Cheyenne headquarters before 5 p.m. May 15. To apply online hunters may use the Game and Fish website, Hunters will still have until May 31 to apply online. Game and Fish has been accepting Read More

Sheridan Game and Fish office holding open house

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish will be holding an open house in Sheridan on disabled hunter and disabled hunter companion permits as well as other topics. The open house will be held at the Sheridan Regional Office at 700 Valley View Drive 4-6 p.m. followed by a fish and watercraft regulation meeting at Read More

Vets are quick learners at the art of rod building

April 25, 2013

Last week was our second fly tying session at the Sheridan VA Medical Center where I’m teaching disabled vets the arts of fly fishing through Project Healing Waters. The week before, nine veterans had just completed a six-week course where they were building their own fly rods. The rods are 9-foot, four-piece, five-weight rods. A Read More

Public meetings on proposed fishing regs

CHEYENNE — A change in the designation of several fish species from game to nongame in certain waters or drainages is among the proposed fishing regulation changes that will be discussed at public information-gathering meetings across Wyoming in May. A meeting is planned for the Sheridan Regional Office of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Read More

Prescribed burns planned for Bud Love area

SHERIDAN— If weather permits, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct a series of prescribed burns on the Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area, located eight miles northwest of Buffalo, during late April or early May. Game and Fish has contracted with Fire Trax, LLC (a company that specializes in prescribed fire services) for Read More

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