Worland News 4-17-18
Written by jordanmckamey on April 17, 2018
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With increasing popularity of shed antler hunting, and a corresponding increase in complaints about antler hunters trespassing on private lands or entering closed areas throughout the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds shed antler and horn hunters to be lawful and keep wildlife in mind while searching for antlers this spring.
“Big game animals that are concentrated on winter ranges during the late winter and early spring are usually in poor body condition.” Human disturbances, like shed antler hunting, can contribute to additional losses of fat reserves, which directly affects their survival.” Endquote, said Doug Brimeyer, Game and Fish deputy chief of wildlife.
Shed antler hunting is still restricted in many areas of Wyoming, and Game and Fish is actively enforcing shed hunting closures and trespassing laws. Wyoming’s shed antler law prohibits the collection of shed antlers and horns from January 1 through April 30 on public lands west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide Basin, and through May 15 on some of the Commission’s habitat management areas. State trust lands are also closed to shed antler hunting west of the Continental Divide between January 1 and April 30. Game and Fish Access Yes areas are always closed to shed hunting. Trespassing to collect shed antlers on private property without permission is illegal all year long.
Due to a change in state law that took effect July 1 of last year, repercussions for trespassing to pick up antlers can include the loss of hunting privileges and the loss of the ability to purchase preference points.
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has introduced legislation he says would protect ranchers, farmers, and rural communities from federal overregulation.
The Wyoming Republican says the proposed act would help defend agricultural industries from punishing federal rules and duplicative permitting requirements. The bill also includes language supporting an efficient permitting process for predator control at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Among other things, the proposal would protect personal producer information and identity privacy, end duplicative environmental permitting for pesticide application requirements and prevent penalties to farmers who are conducting normal agricultural operations that could be considered “baiting” of migratory game birds.
Barrasso’s state Republican colleague, Sen. Mike Enzi, is among the co-sponsors.
The Washakie County Commissioners and the Worland City Council will convene their second monthly meetings today. The commissioners will start their meeting at 9 A.M, while the City Council meets at 7 P.M. at Town Hall. Agendas can be found online at washakiecounty.net and cityofworland.org.