TIME TO REGISTER BOATS
CHEYENNE – Even though some Wyoming waters are still ice covered, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises boaters that now is a good time to register boats for the upcoming year.
The following are the most often asked boat registration questions.
- Where can I renew my watercraft registration if there has been a change in the ownership? You can renew your registration online, at Game and Fish regional offices, or at WGFD headquarters in Cheyenne.
- Where can I register my new boat? You must register your new boat at any Game and Fish regional office or the Cheyenne headquarters.
- What do I do if I lost my registration renewal card? Simply go to or call any Game and Fish office or just go online and renew your watercraft. Registrations are computerized and they can look up your info and provide you with renewal information at that time.
- Can I keep my boat number if I sell my boat? The boat number stays with your old boat. If you get a new boat, you will be issued a new number.
- Do I need to register my canoe or rubber raft? You do if it has a motor. Any boat with a motor, electric or internal combustion must be registered. No registration is required of craft without motors.
- How long does it take for a renewal or new registration through the mail? Generally, you should be receiving your new registration within a week after it is received in the office. During the peak season months of May-August it may take up to 10 business days for the registration to be processed. Boaters should allow 3-5 days for mailing.
Larissa Voss who oversees boat registration for the Game and Fish said boaters can renew their registration online at wgfd.wyo.gov
or at regional WGFD offices throughout the state. “If you renew your watercraft registration online, you can print out proof of registration and proof of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) decal purchase and use your watercraft immediately,” Voss said. “The Cheyenne headquarters will mail your watercraft and/or AIS decal to you within the next three business days.”
Voss said that something new this year is that boaters can get a combination sticker that takes care of their boat registration and AIS decal with one sticker if they are purchased at the same time. “Combination stickers are $25 for one year or $70 for three years,” Voss said.”
Currently, registration of boats is in full swing. The Game and Fish processes around 25,000 boat registrations annually.
GREEN RIVER—Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are presenting the proposed 2014 hunting seasons through a second round of open houses and a final public meeting in southwest Wyoming.
Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco says there will be six open houses and one final public meeting held in southwest Wyoming March 24 through March 27. Regional wildlife staff is hoping to hear from as many people as possible.
“In January, we held four public meetings around the region,” DeCecco said. “We did that so we could gather public input prior to season development and achieve more meaningful and timely dialog with the public, well in advance of drafting 2014 seasons. This is the third year we held meetings earlier in the annual hunting season setting cycle and we received input from more than 60 people. Now, we are following up that initial information gathering process in March with open houses and a final public information-gathering meeting. This is an opportunity for sportsmen to share any information, observations, or ideas you think would be valuable in developing 2014 hunting season proposals.”
Open houses and Final Public Information Gathering Meeting will be held at the following locations:
Monday, March 24, Kemmerer, Public Library, 6:30 PM
Monday, March 24, Baggs, Valley Community Center, 6:30 PM
Tuesday, March 25, Cokeville, Town Hall, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, Evanston, Public Library, Bridger-Carter Room, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, Green River, Game and Fish Office, 4:00 PM
Thursday, March 27, Mountain View, Mountain View School District Bldg., 6:30 PM
The Final Public Information Gathering Meeting will be held on Monday, March 31, in Green River at the Game and Fish Office, beginning at 7:00 PM.
The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Anyone requiring auxiliary aids, regarding this Public Notice, should contact the Green River Game and Fish Office at: 1-800-843-8096
. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.
Cody- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will conduct six open-house meetings throughout the Bighorn Basin and one final meeting in Worland to discuss 2014 hunting season proposals for game birds and big game.
During the open houses, Game and Fish personnel will be available to discuss the proposed 2014 hunting seasons for local hunt areas. A formal meeting, during which statewide seasons may be discussed, will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 27 at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland.
Meetings are scheduled for:
March 25 Lovell, Fire Hall, Open House 6-8pm
March 25 Meeteetse, Conservation District Office 6-8pm
March 25 Powell, Park County Fairgrounds 6-8pm
March 26 Greybull, Town Hall 6-8pm
March 26 Thermopolis, Museum and Cultural Center 6-8 p.m.
March 26 Cody, Big Horn Federal Basement 6-8 p.m.
March 27 Worland, Washakie County Fairgrounds 6-8 p.m.
Written comments may be submitted at the meetings or by mail to: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Regulations 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. To accommodate those who can’t attend a meeting in-person, WGFD will post presentations, harvest surveys, online commenting forms and other related information to: wgfd.wyo.gov
The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations by contacting the nearest Game and Fish office.
Beginning March 17
CASPER – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department cautions sportsmen to be aware of sizeable increases in water flows in the North Platte River for 10 days beginning March 17 as part of a flushing flow project.
The Department has requested the flushing flow in order to maintain fish spawning habitats and to increase production of invertebrates that fish depend on for food. The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from Gray Reef Reservoir in the early morning hours beginning Monday, March 17. Flows, currently at 500 cubic feet per second (cfs), will increase to 4,000 cfs and will then gradually decrease back to 500 cfs each day, with the maximum flow occurring between 3-9 a.m. The schedule will be repeated through March 26. The flows below Gray Reef Dam will then be stabilized at approximately 500 cfs for the remainder of the month.
In recent years, flows were increased for five days each spring and occasionally repeated for another five days in the fall. However, the fall flush has been problematic in that it dislodges aquatic vegetation and moves it downstream, causing loss of vegetative cover and invertebrates in upstream reaches of the river. A 10-day flush in the spring may be better able to maintain high quality spawning habitat for trout.
“Data show these flows are important to trout spawning and to the numbers of trout in the river,” said Matt Hahn, fisheries biologist for the Casper region. In the past, the trout population has fallen to less than 400 trout per mile, even with stocking. Since annual flushing flows began in 1995, the trout population averages over 3,500 per mile and stocking has been eliminated upstream of Casper.
The Game and Fish Department advises sportsmen and recreationists to be aware of the potential dangers related to flushing flows. Because the flush will span the weekend, there is potential for more people to be wading or floating the river. Those using the river during the flushing flow should consider the fluctuating water levels and be aware that areas that can be waded effectively at 500 cfs may not be safe at 4,000 cfs.
Biologists will be collecting spawning habitat data pre-flush, after five cycles, and post-flush. The data will be used to evaluate the value of five and 10 cycles to determine if the additional cycles provide additional benefits.
Flushing flows are normally scheduled for completion in March to avoid any impacts to spawning rainbow trout.
JACKSON – With reports of bears venturing out of their winter dens, we’re reminded that it’s a good time to think about how to avoid conflicts with large predators. Wildlife officials encourage anyone who spends time in bear and lion country to attend one of the upcoming “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country” workshops to be held in Pinedale and Jackson. These free public workshops will be held at the following locations:March 13:
6:00-8:00PM, Sublette County Library (155 S. Tyler Ave.) in Pinedale, Wyo.April 24:
5:30-7:30PM, Teton County Library (125 Virginian Ln.) in Jackson, Wyo.
“The workshops are designed to provide people with good, practical information on how to prevent conflicts and what to do in an encounter,” said Mark Gocke, public information specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “We want to share the best information available for both backcountry users and homeowners.”
The workshops will feature presentations by officials from Game and Fish and partner agencies. Topics will include: bear and lion food habits, where one would expect to encounter them, food storage regulations, understanding bear and lion behavior, what to do in an encounter and the proper use of bear spray.
The workshops also will touch on the topic of wolves. “It is quite rare for a wolf to attack a person, but there can be other types of conflicts, such as with domestic dogs,” Gocke said. “With wolf encounters becoming more common, we’ve added some information on that topic as well.”
For more information, contact the Jackson Game and Fish office at 307-733-2321
(in-state) during business hours.The Wyoming Game and Fish Department supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone needing auxiliary aids to attend this meeting should call 307-733-2321
(in-state). Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.
GREEN RIVER - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding people that shed horn and antler gathering is prohibited on most public lands west of the Continental Divide between Jan. 1 and April 30. The regulation has been in effect since 2009. State lands are also off-limits to shed antler or horn gathering.
Under the regulation, shed antler gathering is prohibited on most public lands west of the Continental Divide between Jan. 1 and April 30. Public lands in the Great Divide Basin are excluded from the regulation. Public lands are defined as federal lands and lands owned or administered by the Game and Fish Commission. At their October 4, 2012 meeting the Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners approved an annual restriction prohibiting the collection of antlers between Jan 1 and April 30 on all parcels of land under jurisdiction of the Board of Land Commissioners west of the Continental Divide. These lands are often referred to “state lands” and are usually blue-colored on land status maps. The regulation will not affect most winter ranges in Teton County, which are already off limits to antler gathering, due to human presence closures, from December through April.
The purpose of the regulation is to minimize harassment or disturbance of big game animals on their winter and spring ranges when animals are most vulnerable to stress as well as potential displacement to less productive habitats. Colorado and Utah already have similar regulations.
The regulation was made possible by legislation (W.S. 23-1-302) passed by the 2009 Wyoming Legislature that gave the Game and Fish Commission authority to regulate and control the collection of shed antlers and horns of big game animals west of the Continental Divide. To view a copy of Chapter 61 Collection of Shed Antlers and Horns, please go to http://wgfd.wyo.gov
and click on the Hunting/Regulations tab.
BOWHUNTER EDUCATION OFFERED MARCH 8
ROCK SPRINGS -- It may not be mandatory in Wyoming, but bowhunter education is endorsed by many experienced archers as an excellent way to learn safe, ethical bowhunting. A class is being offered in Rock Springs, March 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Sweetwater County Fire District #1 Training Room.
The class uses the internationally recognized curriculum of the National Bowhunter Education Program and is required for all bowhunters in several other states, including neighboring Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho.
The class will be taught by veteran archer and certified volunteer instructor Steve Martin. There is no cost for the course and archers can enroll by calling Martin at (307) 350-0486
Preregistration for the class is recommended.
Bowhunter education is also recommended by the Bowhunters of Wyoming (BOW), a statewide archery organization. Classes are taught by certified BOW volunteers and most classes are conducted in the spring.
“Many archers have requested the class in Wyoming to improve their skills and show their dedication to the sport,” said Jim Dawson, Game and Fish hunter education coordinator.
Anyone needing special accommodations for the class should contact Martin.
SEMINAR TEACHES LARGE PREDATOR SAFETY
GREEN RIVER--Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your back yard?
The annual “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country Seminar” will take place onFriday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Green River Region Game and Fish Office.
The purpose of this seminar is to increase awareness and understanding of bears, mountain lions, and wolves by providing participants with current information and tools they can use to prevent conflicts and avoid dangerous encounters.
Presentations, including Power Point, video, and lecture will feature bear and mountain lion behavior and biology, bear and lion life history, population status and movements, proper food storage, encounters and what to do in an encounter situation, safety and legal issues, and the most current information on the use of pepper spray. A small portion of the seminar will discuss wolf biology and interactions with pets.
Large Carnivore Biologist Zach Turnbull and Dustin Lasseter, bear-wise community coordinator, will present the newest information and answer questions.
The seminar is free and open to people of all ages and skill levels, but limited to 50 participants. Participants may call the Game and Fish office at 307-875-3225, extension 1
-8607, to preregister for the seminar.
The State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone requiring auxiliary aids for this meeting should contact the G&F Region Office at: 1-800-843-8096
. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.
– The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is notifying anglers the J Bar U Reservoir is closed to public access until further notice. J Bar U Reservoir is currently enrolled in the Department’s Walk-In Fishing Program, and is identified as Powder River Drainage Walk-In Area 1. J Bar U Reservoir is located 14 miles south of Kaycee. Texaco Reservoir located to the north of J Bar U Reservoir will remain open to fishing.
Regional Access Coordinator Matt Withroder said, “J Bar U Reservoir will be closed for public access, while repairs to the dam structures can be completed. The landowner and Department are eager to get the reservoir open again for fishing access and anticipate the repair work might be completed as early as the fall of 2014.”
Texaco Reservoir is located about 13 miles south of Kaycee and can be accessed via the frontage road that parallels the east side of Interstate 25 in that area. For details on how to access the Powder River Drainage Walk-In Fishing Area 1 go to the Wyoming Game and Fish website, wgfd.wyo.gov
and select Fishing and Watercraft, Places to Fish, Walk-In Fishing Areas, Powder River, View Area Maps, and Powder River Area 1. The website has been updated to indicate that J Bar U Reservoir is closed to fishing. Please feel free to contact the Casper office for details about the J Bar U Reservoir closure, at 307-473-3437
JACKSON – Wyoming Game and Fish officials are asking residents in the Jackson, Wilson and Pinedale areas to be aware and show patience with moose and other wildlife that often show up in residential areas during the winter months. The Jackson Game and Fish office has received numerous calls from concerned citizens about moose in residential areas, prompting them to offer advice on how to avoid problems with these large animals. This winter has been a bit more problematic due to the amount of snow the area has received.
“It really is a matter of simply being aware and giving the animals plenty of room,” said Jon Stephens, North Jackson Game Warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “We often don’t expect to see these animals in our neighborhood or developed areas, but this time of year we should be more cognizant of that possibility.”
Wildlife officials are asking residents to be wary and exhibit patience when encountering wildlife. “Generally, these animals are not going to pose a threat to anyone as long as we give them their space, control our pets around them and so on,” said Stephens. “However, if an animal is charging people or posing a threat, we want to know about it and we will respond.”
Wildlife officials acknowledge that wildlife, such as moose, can be potentially dangerous and offer these tips to avoid a conflict:
- Be especially watchful during times of low light. Moose can be difficult to see at night.
- Look for tracks or other signs of moose on trails, pathways, or around houses
- Never crowd an animal or surround it
- Always allow an animal an escape route
- Always control pets while walking them and make sure there are no wildlife around before letting animals out of the house.
- View and photograph animals from a distance.
- Avoid feeding wildlife as it often attracts wildlife into conflict situations (i.e. roads, fences, landscaping, pets, etc.)
Similarly, Game and Fish officials are also asking area motorists to be wary and exhibit patience to avoid collisions with wildlife. “Wildlife are regularly crossing area roadways this time of year and can be especially hard to see in low light situations,” says Stephens. “We really need to slow down and give ourselves plenty of braking distance, especially on potentially slick roads.”
Teton county residents are reminded that there is a ban on the feeding of wildlife in the town of Jackson and throughout the county, excluding bird feeders and unintentional feeding associated with the feeding of livestock.
“This is a stressful time for all wildlife and we need to give them room, whether it’s in the backcountry or our own backyard,” said Stephens.