U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Cody Field Office
|Release Date: 09/30/13|
BLM Cody Wishes You a Safe and Enjoyable Hunt 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.
Land Status Maps and GPS Software
“Good map reading skills are essential in order to decipher public land boundaries, as well as the knowledge of what roads are accessible to the public,” said Rau. “I recommend supplementing a large-scale map, like the 1:100,000 scale surface ownership map, with a 1:24,000 scale map that better illustrates the topography.”
Avoid hunting close to property lines as animals may cross onto private property before they can be recovered. Similarly, landowners should also be sure of these boundaries before contacting hunters. If in doubt about the exact location of property boundaries, err on the side of caution. Topographic maps showing surface management status are available at the Cody Field Office (CYFO).
In the last few years a number of companies have begun offering topographic software for handheld GPS units that show land status and hunt area boundaries. While this is useful new technology, hunters should be aware that both land status and hunt area boundaries can change. It’s best to use these GPS land status software products in conjunction with the latest versions of BLM topographic and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) hunt area maps.
Hunting in Grizzly Country
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.
Off-highway Vehicle Regulations
If you are getting an early start or staying out late, remember that brake lights, tail lights and headlamps are required ½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise. And 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
The staff at the CYFO is always happy to assist you. Please call 307-578-5900, stop by the office at 1002 Blackburn Street, or peruse the website at http:www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Cody.html. Click on “Recreation” to find OHV maps and regulations.
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.
Cody Field Office 1002 Blackburn Street Cody, WY 82414
|Last updated: 09-30-2013|
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