Related to big game migration corridors, Game and Fish is not a regulatory entity, but can make wildlife habitat related recommendations to land management agencies. The Commission has a policy in place related to what the Department should recommend to federal land managers for oil and gas development. That policy states the importance of migration corridors and asks for no surface occupancy of oil and gas development in corridors narrower than a half mile and for corridors more than half a mile wide it asks for not more than four well pads per square mile. Which corridors this applies to is not well defined currently.
“The Commission expressed its desire for more details about the research on migration by deer, elk and pronghorn. They also want to better understand how Game and Fish recommendations influence on the ground oil and gas development. We look forward to continuing to supply good information to the Commission and to seek further public input,” said Game and Fish Deputy Director John Kennedy.
The Commission will continue its discussion at its January meeting in Cheyenne.
At the meeting this week the Commission also approved changes to some regulations. Those came after public comment periods and incorporated new laws passed by the State Legislature. Some changes include:
- The creation of a lifetime archery license.
- Designating 80% of sandhill crane hunting licenses for residents (previously there was no set percentage for residents)
- Allowing hunters with big game, limited quota, full-price licenses who, with good cause, are unable to hunt to reserve a license for the following year (good cause is defined in regulation). Previously this only applied to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat license holders.
- Changing the dates for the sale of Super Tag raffle tickets to July 15 to the following July 1. Previously the sale dates were January 1-July 1.