U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
|Release Date: 09/13/12|
Hunting on Public Lands This Season?
Whether you are a seasoned hunter or preparing to embark upon your first hunting expedition, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants you to be well-prepared for a safe and enjoyable experience. The following information will assist you as you plan hunting excursions to your public lands.
Don’t Leave Home Without It
Hunt Wisely in Grizzly Country
The USFWS website offers several fact sheets on topics ranging from recognizing the signs of the grizzly to the statistics on bear spray versus bullets for self defense. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/grizzly/fact_sheets.htm.
Be “bear aware” even when not hunting in grizzly country. Storing your food while you are away from camp and overnight is always a wise camping practice. Black bears, skunks and raccoons can be found almost everywhere in the state and will gladly help themselves to your food if given the opportunity. For more tips on camping and hunting in bear country, visit www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/bebearaware.html.
Follow Off-highway Vehicle Regulations
“Check with us before heading into the field to be sure you are familiar with OHV road designations in the areas where you plan to hunt,” said Rau. Driving off roads and trails is only allowed for “necessary tasks” and when no resource damage will occur. Resource damage includes degrading soil, damaging sagebrush or archaeological sites or creating ruts when driving on wet soils.
Driving off roads and trails in a wilderness study area, like Cedar Mountain, is prohibited. It is not always possible to retrieve downed game with a vehicle so bring a game cart, pack frame, capable friend or horse to help.
Getting an early start or staying out late? Brake lights, tail lights and headlamps are required ½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise. And finally, for the safety of all outdoor recreationists, open containers of alcohol in or on a moving motor vehicle, including an OHV, are prohibited.
Protect Your Public Lands
In addition to the BLM Operation RESPECT staff that will be out assisting hunters, the staff at your local BLM field office in Worland will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Please call 307-347-5100, stop by the office at 101 South 23rd Street, or peruse the Worland Field Office website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Worland.html. OHV maps and regulations can be found on the “Ride Legal” webpage at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Worland/rec/ridelegal.html. We also look forward to seeing you at Hunter Fest on October 13 in Ten Sleep.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Worland Field Office 101 South 23rd Worland, WY 82401
|Last updated: 09-13-2012|
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