Seasonal closures help protect wintering wildlife

by | Dec 24, 2019 1:00PM

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LANDER – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds recreationists that many big game winter ranges on public lands in the Lander, Dubois, and Rawlins areas may have restrictions to either human presence or motor vehicles during the winter and spring months.

One purpose of seasonal restrictions is to minimize disturbance of big game animals in these areas when animals are most vulnerable to stress and displacement to less productive habitats. These important winter and parturition ranges can span the landscape and are often managed by different land management agencies, private landowners and non-governmental organizations. Land managers work together to coordinate closures that benefit wildlife.

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The table below may help in planning your recreation this winter and may not encompass all closures or restrictions. Be sure to check with your local land management office and look for signs at trailheads for more guidance.  

South Wind River Area        
Area Landowner Dates Closed Type of Restriction More Information
Red Canyon WHMA Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Dec 1 – April 30 No human presence https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/WHMA
BLM land adjacent to Red Canyon WHMA Bureau of Land Management Dec. 1 – May 31 No human presence 307-332-8400
June 1- June 15 No motorized travel
Mexican Creek Public Access Area Private land with a Game and Fish Commission purchased public access easement for hunting of some species. Jan. 1 – Aug. 31 Closed to public access https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/Public-Access-Areas/Mexican-Creek
Killebrew Public Access Area Private land with a Game and Fish Commission purchased public access easement for hunting of some species. Jan 1 – Aug 31 Closed to public access https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/Public-Access-Areas/Killebrew
         
Dubois Area        
Area Landowner Dates Closed Type of Restriction More Information
Whiskey Basin WHMA Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Dec 1 -May 15 No motorized travel, but Trail Lake Rd. is open https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/WHMA
Spence and Moriarity WMA Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Dec. 16 – May 15 No human presence, west of the East Fork County Rd. https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/WHMA
Inberg Roy WHMA Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Dec. 16 – May 15 No human presence https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/WHMA
Parts of Shoshone National Forest U.S. Forest Service Dec 16 – May 15 No motorized travel 307-455-2466; closures are signed on roads leading to them.
         
Rawlins Area        
Area Landowner Dates Closed Type of Restriction More Information
Morgan Creek WHMA Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Nov. 1 – April 30 Closed to motor vehicles, except BLM Road 3159; open to foot traffic during closure dates https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Public-Access/WHMA

The above information and table were shared by Wyoming Game & Fish. 

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