Wyoming Game and Fish
personnel talked about proposed changes to several hunting
regulations, including one that moves part of the antler-collecting
boundary east away from the Continental Divide.
Game and Fish took public comments on Friday, Dec. 6,
on changes to that Chapter 61 as well as Chapter 3, Black
Bear Hunting Seasons and Chapter 32, Firearm Cartridges
The Pinedale Region Office’s Dec. 6 meeting drew few
members of the public. Proposed Chapter 3’s black bear
2020 hunting season shows the same or lower annual female
mortality quotas locally. The total for Greys River
hunt areas 14, 15, 116, 17 and 30 – South Piney, South
Piney-Horse Creek, Greys River, Hoback and Star Valley
– is proposed to drop from 30 to 24 females in the spring
“We did some population estimates there in 2015-2016
and it showed the (higher) limits were probably hitting the
population pretty hard,” said Lander biologist Dan Bjornlie.
Another Chapter 3 change concerns bear bait sites – receiving
preferential treatment is changed from “shall” to
“may. Otherwise, wording is clarified as to how a person
registering a bait site would receive preferential treatment.
Chapter 32 would define “expanding point bullet (as)
any bullet designed by its manufacturer to create a wound
channel larger than the bullet’s diameter.”
Chapter 6’s proposed antler and horn-collecting boundary
shift does not change for Sublette County. The regulation
had stated that no one could “collect shed antlers or
horns from big game animals on public lands west of the
Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide Basin.”
The Game and Fish Commission reserved the right to
change that boundary if needed.
The new boundary would begin at the Wyoming-Colorado
line at U.S. Highway 287, go north to U.S. Highway
30, northwest to Interstate 80 and then go west along I 80
to the North Platte River. From there it follows the river
south to Sage Creek, southwest to Sage Creek Road (Carbon
County Road 401), south along that road to the Pacific
Branch of the Continental Divide and up to the southern
boundary of Yellowstone, then west to the Wyoming-Montana
The closure is still in effect from Jan. 1 through April
30. Exceptions remain for Game and Fish personnel and
contracted elk feeders when it is part of their official duty
but all antlers they collect on elk feedgrounds belong to
Game and Fish.
The drafted regulation changes are available at https://
deadline for public comments is 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec.
16. Comments will be reviewed and the Wyoming Game
and Fish Commission will discuss and vote on the proposed
regulations at its January meeting.