Game and Fish wildlife habitat management areas begin to open May 1st

(h/t WGFD)

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has 43 wildlife habitat management areas (WHMAs) that provide big game winter range and other benefits. These areas are opening for the season, after being closed to protect key winter habitat. Several areas open May 1st.

“Seasonal closures minimize stress-causing disturbance to wintering deer, elk and other wildlife. The closures also reduce the human and recreational impacts to the forage, which supports wintering wildlife,” Ray Bredehoft, Wyoming Game and Fish habitat and access branch chief said. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation to help animals make it through the winter and we are excited to open up these lands for the public to enjoy.”

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Bredehoft also asked the public to be cautious around wildlife during the spring when elk, deer, pronghorn, moose and other wildlife begin to have their young.

Users are reminded to stay on designated travel routes, obey all signs and camp in designated areas where required. If roads become too wet due to spring moisture, users are asked to try and avoid traveling those roads to reduce resource damage.

Antler hunters should be aware that while some WHMAs open at  8 a.m. and other public lands may open at 12 midnight, no one is permitted to collect antlers until 12 noon on May 1 within the antler hunting area.

Any nonresident visitors must quarantine for 14-days upon arrival to the state, following Gov. Mark Gordon’s directive.

WHMA SEASONAL DATE TABLE

HABITAT AREAS NEAREST TOWN DATES AREA OPEN RESTRICTIONS
Forbes/Sheep Mountain Albany May 1 through Dec. 31 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Grey’s River Alpine May 1 through Nov. 30 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m.on May 1
Wick/Beumee Arlington May 16 through Nov. 15 Only lands South of I-80 are closed. South gates will open at 8 a.m. May 16.
Bud Love Buffalo May 15 through Dec. 31 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 15
Sunlight Cody May 1 through Dec. 15 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Inberg/Roy (East Fork) Dubois May 16 through Dec 15. Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 16
Spence & Moriarity Dubois May 16 through Dec. 15 East Fork County Road and that portion east of the road is open all year. Gates will open at 8 a.m. May 16 .
Whiskey Basin Dubois May 16 through Nov. 30 Closed to vehicles, only open to foot/horse traffic. Gates will open at 8 a.m. May 16.
Medicine Lodge Hyattville June 1 through Dec. 31 Medicine Lodge Creek open to foot access for fishing.
Renner Hyattville June 1 through Dec. 31 Lower portion remains open year round.
Camp Creek Jackson May 1 through Nov. 30 Area opens to human presence at 8 am on May 1
Horse Creek Jackson May 1 through Nov. 30 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
South Park Jackson May 1 through Nov. 30 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Ed O. Taylor Kaycee May 15 through Dec. 31 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 15
Red Canyon Lander May 1 through Nov. 30
Sunshine Meeteetse June 1 through Nov. 30 Closed to motor vehicles year round — open to foot/horse traffic. Will remain open while big game seasons are open.
Half Moon Pinedale May 1 through Nov. 20 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Soda Lake Pinedale May 1 through Nov. 30 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Fall Creek Pinedale May 1 through Nov. 20 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Luke Lynch Pinedale May 1 through Nov 30 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. on May 1
Morgan Creek Rawlins May 1 through Oct. 31 Closed to motor vehicles, except BLM Road 3159; open to foot traffic during closure dates.
Pennock Mountain Saratoga May 1 through Nov. 30 Closed to vehicles only — open to foot/horse traffic. Gate will open at 8 a.m. May 1.
Amsden Creek Sheridan May 15 through Nov 15 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. May 15 Closed to motor vehicles Nov. 1-15 .
Kerns Sheridan June 1 through Nov. 15 Area opens to human presence at 8 a.m. June 1. Closed to motor vehicles Nov. 1-15.
Laramie Peak Wheatland May 1 through Jan 31 Laramie Peak is open all year except for Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge and Duck Creek Canyon areas which are closed from Feb. 1 through April 30 each year.

WHMAs OPEN YEAR-ROUND

HABITAT AREA NEAREST TOWN RESTRICTIONS
Ocean Lake Riverton
Sand Mesa Shoshoni
Chain Lakes Wamsutter
Grayrocks Wheatland
Jelm Laramie
Rawhide Lingle Vehicular access restricted to parking areas. ORV access not allowed.
Springer/Bump Sullivan Yoder Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1 through Memorial Day weekend. ORV travel is not allowed.
Table Mountain Torrington Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1 through Memorial Day weekend. ORV travel is not allowed.
Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Wheatland Closed to motor vehicles past reservoir from February through May 31; open to foot/horse traffic. Gate will open at 8 a.m. June 1.
Yellowtail Lovell
Red Rim/Daley Rawlins Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.
Red Rim/Grizzly Rawlins Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.

PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS WITH SEASONAL CLOSURES

HABITAT AREA NEAREST TOWN DATES AREA OPEN RESTRICTIONS
Mexican Creek Lander Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 County access road closes on Nov. 22.
VonGontard Landing Jackson Mar. 15 through Nov 30 Weather may affect opening dates.
Pitcher/ Brokaw Arlington Aug. 1 through Dec. 31
Billy Miles/Carter Ten Sleep Sept. 1 through Dec. 31

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