Finding a place to hunt in Wyoming just got a little easier. Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently launched the Walk-In Hunting area interactive map. The online tool, similar to the Game and Fish Hunt Planner, has information on all Walk-In Areas available for sportspersons use this fall.
Hunters using the map can locate Walk-In Hunting areas three ways: by clicking on the individual Walk-In Hunting areas location on the map, looking up areas by county or sorting by species to hunt. The map shows the location of the Walk-In Hunting area and functions like a GPS–showing boundaries and topography. Maps, which are also accessible through smartphones, can be downloaded and used offline.
The ‚ÄúMore Details‚Äù link on each Walk-In Area provides in-depth information such as acreage, access dates and other specific user information. Also detailed for hunters are the species they are allowed to hunt in each area.
‚ÄúThe Access Yes program has always been one of the best resources for sportspersons in Wyoming, thanks to partnerships with private landowners. This new tool will make reading the maps and learning about the restrictions easier and help hunters have a great time this fall,‚Äù said Matt Withroder, Casper Regional Access Coordinator.
Walk-in Hunting is a component of Access Yes, a program that works with landowners to create access to hunting and fishing on private land. Access Yes is supported through donations from sportsmen and women, conservation organizations and all wildlife enthusiasts.
‚ÄúAccess Yes funds directly pay for access easements, not funding operating expenses of the department access programs. There are several ways to donate, but giving whenever you purchase a license, either online or from a license selling agent, is the most common. Other ways include a direct donation that can be made at any Regional Office or Headquarters Office in Cheyenne,‚Äù said Withroder.
With these programs, every $1 donated to Access Yes, provides about 3.5 acres for public access for a year.