Last edited by Topgun 30-06; 02-23-2014 at 02:00 PM.
There is definately access. There is a county road going through the middle of it that goes through alot of BLM and a state highway borders it in one area thats BLM. I think anyone that draws 89 deer and finds out they cant hunt deer on all of that blm land anymore is going to be pretty unhappy. Maybe they closed it for deer and shortened the other seasons on it because of the winter kill and numbers being down?
This is the main issue I have with western hunting, you dang near need a team of attorneys to figure out what you can do. I know ignorance is no excuse but man you almost need a PhD in WY G&F laws to hunt out there.
Best thing I can tell you is to ask all the questions you can come up with and get the persons name and number you talked with, so if any issues arise you can always call them back.
kesand72. Just wondering if you had talked to anyone at F&G or found anymore out?
OK so here it is! Just got off the phone with Access Coordinator Matt Withroder. All public ground within the HMA that is accessible by public means, is legal to hunt as per state regulations, regardless of HMA rules.
This is a big relief, as most of this HMA is public ground, including the highest ground in this unit!
That sounds much better! Did he say anything about why there is somuch public land in the HMA?
Didn't say. I actually didn't get to ask all the questions I had written down for him, he was in a hurry to get to a meeting.
I am still waiting on calls back from the biologist n game warden, and I ll try Matt again later.
Very happy that those thousands of acres are huntable!
So I talked with the Casper game warden today and he suggests hunting unit 23 elk during Nov/Dec. Said its a real zoo on rifle opener, that all the elk flock to Snider Basin (a 9 sq mile private "refuge" ), along the Rattlesnake hills, and stay there.
This is a big disappointment, as Snider Basin is surrounded by the highest ground in the unit, and where I was looking to start. Warden said half the elk hunters in the unit surround this "refuge" and watch the elk frolick around on the other side of the fence.
I kinda pictured this area as heavily timbered, but it sounds more like rolling sage. Anyone know for sure?
What would a hunt be like here in Dec?
kesand72, You will have to call the G&F field office in Casper about the details of that situation. The HMA's are kind of weird and have their own rules and regs to some degree. I believe they are kind of like a unit, inside a unit, and yet, they can lock you out from hunting even the public land inside that area, the way I understand it anyway. Some of them I think even have their own draws to see who can hunt inside them, significantly limiting the hunting pressure. And the rules do chance from year to year, I know that so you have to be careful. The G&F prints a booklet with all of them listed and the rules for each I believe, but it doesn't come out until later in the year.
Sorry I don't know more about it. Let us know what you find out.
N. Guy Eastman
Eastmans' Hunting Journals