Human management

Game and Fish Wildlife Habitat Management Areas Begin to Close for Winter – Sheridan Media


The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced that wildlife habitat management areas are closing to human presence – or have already done so – for the season to protect wildlife in their wintering grounds. The majority of WHMAs close or apply winter restrictions each year.

According to the department, protecting critical habitat for wildlife is one of the main reasons the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission invests in land across Wyoming. WHMAs are a haven for big game which must conserve energy and rely on fat restoration to survive the colder months of the year.

“Seasonal closures are essential to minimize stress-causing disturbance to wintering deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife,” said Ray Bredehoft, CEO of Habitat and access for Game and Fish. “The closures also reduce human and recreational impacts on forage, which supports overwintering wildlife. ”

Closures are for all human presence, unless otherwise specified.

WHMA SEASONAL CLOSURE
HOUSING ZONES CLOSEST TOWN CLOSED ZONE DATES RESTRICTIONS
Forbes / Sheep Mountain Albania January 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Gray River Alpine From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
Wick / Beumée Arlington From December 1 to May 15 Only the lots south of I-80 are closed. Vehicles limited to FS-111 for Forest Service border access, otherwise closed to human presence. Open to all human presence on May 16 at 8 a.m.
Bud of love Buffalo January 1 to May 14 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 15 at 8 a.m.
Sunlight Cody From December 16 to April 30 Fishing along Sunlight Creek is open year round. The rest of the WHMA is closed to human presence.
Inberg / Roy (East Fork) Dubois From December 16 to May 15 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 16 at 8 a.m.
Spence & Moriarity Dubois From December 16 to May 15 East Fork County Road and the eastern portion of the road are open year round. The rest of the MA is closed to human presence. The rest of the WMA opens May 16 at 8 a.m.
Whiskey basin Dubois From December 1 to May 15 Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot / horse traffic. Open to vehicles on May 16 at 8 a.m.
Medicine pavilion Hyattville January 1 to May 31 The lower part of the campground is open year round. The rest of the WHMA is closed to human presence.
Renner Hyattville January 1 to May 31 Upper part closed to human presence. The lower part remains open all year round.
Camp stream Jackson From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
Horse stream Jackson From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
South Park Jackson January 1 to April 30 Closed to automobile traffic from December 1 to April 30. Signposted area open to pedestrian traffic from December 1 to 31.
Patrol cabin Jackson From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Ed O. Taylor Kaycee January 1 to May 14 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 15 at 8 a.m.
Red Canyon Lander From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence
Sunshine Meeteetse From December 22 to May 31 Closed to vehicles all year round. Closed to human presence from December 22 to May 31.
Half Moon Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Soda lake Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Autumn stream Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Luc Lynch Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Black Butte Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m. Access to WHMA is by BLM only.
Morgan Creek Rawlins From December 1 to April 30 Closed to vehicles except on BLM 3159 road.
Pennock Mountain Saratoga From December 1 to April 30 Closed to vehicles only – Open to foot / horse traffic. Open to human presence on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Amsden Creek Sheridan From November 1 to May 14 Closed to vehicles. Open to vehicles and human presence on May 15 at 8 a.m.
Amsden Creek Sheridan From November 16 to May 14 Closed to human presence. Open to vehicles and human presence on May 15 at 8 a.m.
Kerns Sheridan From November 1 to May 31 Closed to vehicles. Open to vehicles and human presence on June 1 at 8 a.m.
Kerns Sheridan From November 16 to May 31 Closed to human presence. Open to human presence on June 1 at 8 a.m.
Pic Laramie Wheat land From February 1 to April 30 Laramie Peak is open year round, with the exception of the Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge, and Duck Creek Canyon areas which will be closed to human presence from February 1 to April 30 of each year.
Pilots Hill Laramie From February 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence
WHMA OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
HABITAT ZONE CLOSEST TOWN CLOSED ZONE DATES RESTRICTIONS
Ocean lake Riverton
Sand Mesa Shoshoni
Chain Lakes Wamsutter
Cottonwood Draw / Grayrocks Wheat land ORV access prohibited.
Jelm Laramie Vehicle access limited to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.
Rawhide Lingle Vehicle access limited to parking areas. Unauthorized ORV access. Vehicle access limited to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.
Springer / Bump Sullivan Yoder Closed to motor vehicles October 1 through Memorial Day weekend. Travel by ORV is not authorized. Closed to motor vehicles October 1 through Memorial Day weekend. ORV access prohibited.
Mountain table Torrington Closed to motor vehicles October 1 through Memorial Day weekend. Travel by ORV is not authorized. Closed to motor vehicles October 1 through Memorial Day weekend. ORV access prohibited.
Tom Thorne / Beth Williams Wheat land Closed to motorized vehicles beyond the reservoir from February 1 to May 31.
amberjack Love
Red border / Daley Rawlins
Red border / Grizzly Rawlins
Sand stream Sundance
PUBLIC ACCESS ZONES WITH SEASONAL CLOSURE
HABITAT ZONE CLOSEST TOWN CLOSED ZONE DATES RESTRICTIONS
Mexican stream Lander January 1 to August 31 County access road closed on November 22.
Landing of VonGontard Jackson From December 1 to March 15 Weather may affect closing and opening dates.
Pitcher / Brokaw Arlington January 1 to July 31 ORV access prohibited.
Billy Miles / Carter ten sleep January 1 to August 31 Closed to motorized wheeled vehicles from December 1 to April 14.
Coco Belle Van Meerendonk Jackson From December 1 to April 14 Closed to motorized wheeled vehicles.