While Operation RESPECT has been underway for several years in the Worland and Ten Sleep areas, the BLM placed additional emphasis on the program this fall in an increased effort to assist sportsmen and women with questions about hunting and public land regulations. At the same time, this hunter information program promoted the other varied activities on public lands within the Bighorn Basin.
BLM Recreation Technician Pat Jones found that many of the hunters he contacted were interested in much more than hunting. “One of the things we learned this year is that there is great interest in the other areas and aspects of the Bighorn Basin,” Jones said. “There were many questions about the history of the region, as well as about other recreational opportunities throughout the basin.”
Operation RESPECT vehicles were stationed in a variety of areas throughout the season and BLM staff assisted with localized maps of the region and information about public land status, off-highway vehicle (OHV) use and hunting ethics. Staff patrolled more than 8,000 miles and met and answered questions from approximately 420 people, the majority of them from states other than Wyoming.
BLM Worland Field Manager Becky Spurgin was pleased that the staff was able to assist so many people. “This was a great opportunity for hunters to ensure they had the information they needed to have an enjoyable time, while safely and responsibly using public lands,” said Spurgin. “An additional benefit of Operation RESPECT was that hunters were exposed to other available opportunities to recreate and access their public lands,” Spurgin added.
For more information about Operation RESPECT or recreational opportunities within the Worland Field Office area, please contact Pat Jones at 307-347-5100.