Outdoors Feature

Three to serve as fish techs this summer

May 23, 2013

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, wgfd.wyo.gov. 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

BLM seeking land sale comments

SHERIDAN — The Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office is requesting input on an environmental assessment of proposed non-competitive sale of public lands in Sheridan and Campbell counties. The BLM posted the environmental assessment and an unsigned finding of no significant impact on its website April 24 which opens a 30-day public comment period. Read More

Curl up with a good hunting book this spring

April 18, 2013

I have yet to see an April when my turkey hunting was not called on account of snow. Why should this 2013 season be an exception? Since opening day at my usual turkey-hunting grounds, I have tried yelping and cackling, loitering until dark in hopes of discovering where birds might be roosting, and coyote howls Read More

Mich. artist wins conservation stamp contest

CHEYENNE — Grayling, Mich., artist Kim Diment’s painting of a pair of ruffed grouse was judged best in show April 12 at Wyoming’s 30th annual Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition. Diment’s painting was selected by a panel of judges from among 51 entries from 20 states. Twenty-five Wyoming artists entered this year’s competition. Each year, Read More

Bighorn National Forest employee honored by USFS

SHERIDAN — Susan Douglas of the Bighorn National Forest was one of three National Forest employees who received the Regional Forester’s Special Recognition award for their efforts to honor the 75th anniversary of the Blackwater Fire. The 1937 wildfire caused 15 deaths and is recognized with a firefighter memorial and trail located 38 miles west Read More

Xbows becoming common in the field

April 4, 2013

They have been around for 2,500 years with their own peculiar vocabulary: tiller, prod, lath, bolt, quarre and are seemingly everywhere these days, at least on the television and silver screen: shooting zombies, fighting post-apocalyptic revolutions, or killing your lordly father who hates you for being a dwarf. You also see them more and more Read More

G&F issues new boat regulations

CHEYENNE (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has devised new regulations on boat inspections intended to keep harmful aquatic invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels from entering the state. The regulations require any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through Nov. 30 to be examined by an authorized inspector prior Read More

Vets get some ‘fly fishing therapy’

March 28, 2013

Last week I took a couple of military vets on an early-spring fishing trip to the Big Horn River. One vet is currently a patient at the Sheridan VA Medical Center and the other vet is a graduate of last year’s Project Healing Waters program which I run here in Sheridan.When I got up at Read More

G&F hosting dangerous encounters seminar

March 21, 2013

SHERIDAN — Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your backyard? If you’re not sure how to react in these situations plan to attend the Read More

The science of shooting a shotgun

It was a news photo of a prominent individual shooting a shotgun, and let’s just say that what I saw told me that there was much to be desired. Maybe you saw it. So it got me thinking about how we are approaching shotgun season. No, not the bird-hunting season — we have a while to Read More

Game and Fish seeking public comments on hunting regs

SHERIDAN — As the first day of spring came and went this week, promising warmer days, local hunters were already dreaming of long, cold treks through Wyoming’s great outdoors to take that trophy deer, elk, moose, antelope or turkey this fall 2013 hunting season. Dozens of area hunters attended an open house at Sheridan’s Game Read More

Elk tested positive for brucellosis found in hunt area 40

March 14, 2013

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Wyoming Livestock Board released additional information Wednesday about two elk that tested positive for brucellosis in the Bighorn Mountains. Both elk, one bull and one cow, were harvested by hunters during the 2012 hunting season in elk hunt area 40, approximately 15 miles west of Burgess Read More

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