(Photographer Karl Brauneis submitted this image taken on Crooks Mountain on a recent trip in the Red Desert, which Brauneis said he would take to any place on earth for its sheer beauty. Photo by Karl Brauneis)
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The majority of big game seasons are just around the corner for much of Wyoming. Although some areas are already open, most hunt areas have Oct. 1 or Oct. 15 opening dates.
Game and Fish has several hunter access programs that to help hunters find places to hunt. The walk-in hunting atlas and information about the hunter management program are on the Game and Fish website (wgfd.wyo.gov). The walk-in hunting atlas is no longer available in print.
The walk-in atlas contains information on hundreds of walk-in areas where hunters can access private lands for a variety of species. Walk in areas are available in 21 of Wyoming’s 23 counties and comprise more than 700,000 thousand acres throughout much of Wyoming. Walk-in acreage varies by hunt area and although many areas have walk-in access, acreage is limited or non-existent in others.. No permit is required to hunt in a walk-in area.
Various walk-in areas allow hunting for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators. Hunters should consult the walk-in atlas for a list of species that may be hunted within each area and the dates the walk-in area is open.
The walk-in program is funded, to a large extent, through anglers and hunters contributions to the Game and Fish AccessYes program. Hunters and anglers have an opportunity to donate to AccessYes when they buy or apply for a license.
The walk-in areas differ from hunter management areas, another Game and Fish public access program. To use one of the 40 hunter management areas, hunters must obtain a permission slip online or at Game and Fish offices. Call (307) 777-4600 or visit wgfd.wyo.gov for more information about hunter management permits and hunting on some of the 850,000 acres available through the program.