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Buffalo Field Office
Release Date: 10/14/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

BLM Secures Hunting Access to Middle Fork Powder River Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) in coordination with Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been working with local landowners to address hunting access issues in the Middle Fork of the Powder River Area west of Kaycee, Wyo. There is restricted access to large areas of public land due to limited access across private lands. Historically, some land owners have allowed for limited hunter access.

For the 2009 hunting season, the BFO has reached a voluntary agreement with the Hole-in-the-Wall Ranch to allow for hunter access across their private lands. Members of the public wishing to cross private lands on this ranch will need individual permission from the ranch manager until Nov. 1. Beginning Nov. 1, public access will be allowed across private lands to hunt public lands for the remainder of the elk season. Access across private lands within the 2-Cent Ranch, owned by the Hole-in-the-Wall Ranch, will be limited access through the main gate off the Hazelton Road. The landowner has prohibited the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) while crossing their lands. Motorized travel on BLM-administered public lands is restricted to designated and existing roads or trails within the region.

Since access to public lands are limited in this area, it is important for hunters to respect the private land owners restrictions on ATV use when crossing their private lands so that the owner will continue to provide this voluntary access into the future.

This access agreement applies to Hole-in-the-Wall Ranch lands east of Hazelton Road to the Wyoming Game and Fish, Ed O. Taylor Wildlife Habitat Management Area in the following hunt areas:

  • Deer Area 163
  • Antelope Area 21
  • Elk Area 33

For more information contact the Buffalo Field Office at (307) 684-1100.

The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Buffalo Field Office   1425 Fort Street      Buffalo, WY 82834  

Last updated: 10-14-2009