29 Wyoming Wildlife Habitat Management Areas close each winter to minimize stress on animals, forage

29 Wyoming Wildlife Habitat Management Areas close each winter to minimize stress on animals, forage

CASPER, Wyo. – Winter closures are implemented annually in 29 of Wyoming’s wildlife habitat management areas to protect animals and their wintering grounds, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

“Seasonal closures are essential to minimize disturbance causing stress to overwintering deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife,” said Ray Bredehoft, habitat and access branch manager for Game and Fish. “The closures also reduce human and recreational impacts on forage, which supports wildlife in their wintering grounds.”

Closure dates vary, with a number of WHMAs already closed to human presence and pending closures for others. Game and Fish provided charts showing the closing dates for each WHMA, noting that “closures are for all human presence unless otherwise noted”:

WHMA CLOSING DATES

HOUSING AREA CLOSEST TOWN CLOSED SPACE DATES RESTRICTIONS
Forbes/Sheep Mountain Albany From January 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
gray river Alpine From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
Wick/Beumee Arlington From December 1 to May 15 Only lots south of I-80 are closed. Vehicles restricted to FS-111 for Forest Service boundary access, otherwise closed to human presence.
love auction Buffalo From January 1 to May 14 Closed to human presence.
Sunlight Cody From December 16 to April 30 Fishing along Sunlight Creek is open year-round.
Inberg/Roy (East Fork) Dubois From December 16 to May 15 Closed to human presence
Spence and 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 WMA is closed to human presence.
Whiskey Basin Dubois From December 1 to May 15 Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic.
Medicine pavilion Hyattville From January 1 to May 31 The lower portion of the campground is open year-round. Turkey hunting is authorized in the lower part during the seasonal closure.
Renner Hyattville From 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 From January 1 to April 30 Closed to car traffic from December 1 to April 30. Signposted area open to pedestrian traffic from December 1 to December 31. Closed to all human presence from December 31 to April 30.
Ed O. Taylor Kaycee From January 1 to May 14 Closed to human presence.
Red Canyon lander From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence
Sunshine Meeteetse From January 1 to May 31 Closed to human presence after the end of the cow hunting season.
Half Moon Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
soda lake Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
autumn stream Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
Luke Lynch Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
black mound Pinedale From December 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.
Morgan Creek Rawlins From November 1 to April 30 Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic
Mount Pennock Saratoga From December 1 to April 30 Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic.
Amsden Stream Sheridan From November 1 to May 14 Closed to vehicles. Open to foot/horse traffic from November 1 to November 15.
Amsden Stream Sheridan From November 16 to May 14 Closed to human presence.
Kerns Sheridan From November 1 to May 31 Closed to vehicles. Open to foot/horse traffic from November 1 to November 15.
Kerns Sheridan From November 16 to May 31 Closed to human presence.
Laramie Peak wheat land From February 1 to April 30 Laramie Peak is open year-round, except for the Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge, and Duck Creek Canyon areas, which are closed to human presence from February 1 through April 30 each year.
pilot hill Laramie From February 1 to April 30 Closed to human presence.

WHMA OPEN ALL YEAR

HOUSING AREA CLOSEST TOWN CLOSED SPACE DATES RESTRICTIONS
ocean lake Riverton
sand tray Shoshoni
chain of lakes Wamsutter
Cottonwood/Grayrocks Draw wheat land ORV access prohibited.
goo Laramie Vehicle access is limited to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.
Rawhide Lingle Vehicle access is limited to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.
Springer/Bump Sullivan Yoder Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1 to May 15. ORV access prohibited.
Mountain table Torrington Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1 to May 15. ORV access prohibited.
Tom Thorne/Beth Williams wheat land Closed to motor vehicles beyond the reservoir from February 1 to May 31.
Yellowtail Lovell
Red border/Daley Rawlins Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.
Red border/Grizzly Rawlins
sand stream sun dance

PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS WITH SEASONAL CLOSURES

HOUSING AREA CLOSEST TOWN CLOSED SPACE DATES RESTRICTIONS
mexican stream lander From January 1 to August 31 County access road closed Nov. 22.
Mule Creek Ranch Laramie From February 1 to October 14 HMA authorization slip required.
VonGontard landing stage jackson From December 1 to March 1 Weather may affect closing and opening dates.
Pitcher / Brokaw Arlington From January 1 to July 31 ORV access prohibited.
Cater/Billy Miles Ten Sleep From January 1 to August 31
Coco Belle Van Meerendonk jackson From December 1 to April 14 Motorized wheeled vehicles prohibited.

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