Although more than 800,000 acres of public land are administered by the BLM in Johnson, Campbell, and Sheridan counties, legal public access is available to only half of the public land parcels. A land status map, and the ability to read it, is imperative for visitors to safely and legally access public lands. Land status maps mark both private lands and lands administered by the BLM, State of Wyoming, and Forest Service. These maps are available from any Wyoming BLM office and several local sporting goods stores. Each map costs $4.00 and can be ordered by phone and mailed on request. The BLM Public Room contains information and answers to many frequently asked questions. You can find out which BLM quadrangle you should order based on hunt areas or download land ownership GIS data.
Access to public lands (BLM, Forest Service, State) is fairly straightforward. Lands that can be accessed via public road, right-of-way, or easement, are available for hunting. You must have permission from the private landowner to cross or access private land.
Vehicles, including OHVs, are restricted to roads on public land, and "road hunting" is discouraged. Dispersed camping is allowed on BLM administered lands unless otherwise posted and is limited to 14 consecutive days. Facilities are generally limited to a few developed recreation sites.
BLM lands are also accessible through many of the "walk-in" hunting areas managed through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Some landowners are willing to allow hunters to park and walk into an area to hunt. Other landowners may charge a trespass fee. To find the name and contact information of an adjacent landowner, please contact the appropriate county courthouse and be ready to provide a legal description (Township, Range, Section) of the area of interest. Campbell County provides an online Property Search. The Johnson and Sheridan County Mapservers also contain information related to property ownership.
Each county in the field office also has an online GIS map server that marks both county roads and public lands. Links to these servers are provided below:
Please call 307-684-1100 in Buffalo for specific questions concerning access to public lands administered by the BLM.