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Cody Field Office
Release Date: 08/02/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Increases Hunter Access to Bald Ridge Area

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office is changing the start date of the Bald Ridge area seasonal closure from December 15 to January 1 each year. The date change will give elk hunters an additional two weeks to harvest cow elk in parts of Hunt Areas 54 and 65 that are within the seasonal closure area.

The Bald Ridge area is located within the Absaroka Front near the Clarks Fork River, approximately five miles southwest of Clark and 15 miles northwest of Cody, Wyo.

The start date of the original seasonal closure, December 15, which began in 1996, was based on the end date of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s (WGFD) elk hunting season for Hunt Areas 54 and 65. The WGFD extended this hunting season through December 31 so that more cow elk could be harvested. The additional harvest was needed because the herd was exceeding the objective level established by the WGFD.

Subsequently, the WGFD, adjacent private landowners and members of the public requested that the BLM change the dates of the closure to coincide with the current elk hunting season in the Bald Ridge area.

For more information, please contact BLM Wildlife Biologist Destin Harrell at 307-578-5900, or email

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 mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 08-02-2013