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Wyoming Game And Fish Tells Congress It’s Way Past Time To Delist The Grizzly

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Wyoming Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik on Thursday told a congressional committee that grizzly bear numbers were healthy enough in Wyoming and the Yellowstone region to be removed from the Endangered Species List in 2003, but have remained listed because of bureaucracy.

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Massive Snowfall In Wyoming Bear Country Could Be Good For Hunters

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Joe Kondelis and his nephew Kaiden Kondelis after a successful bear hunt in the Sunlight Basin northwest of Cody. (Courtesy Photo)

Much of Wyoming’s mountainous bear county is buried in massive amounts of snow, and with even more expected before spring black bear hunting seasons open in May, things might seem grim for hunters. One bear hunter, however, says the snow could actually work in favor for the hunters.

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Environmental Group Threatens Lawsuit To Stop Wyoming Hunters Killing Colorado Wolves

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A pack of gray wolves in the snow in Yellowstone National Park. (Getty Images)

In a letter threatening a lawsuit, the Center For Biological Diversity wants the U.S. Forest Service to shut down the shooting of wolves that cross the border from Colorado into Wyoming.

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Tribal Hunting Bill Killed Despite Push From Governor Gordon

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

The Wyoming Senate on Tuesday voted down a bill that would have given Gov. Mark Gordon the ability to make agreements with tribes specifying special, off-reservation hunting rights some tribal members have through their federal treaties.

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Wyoming Senate Sides With Governor Over Tribe, Advances Tribal Hunt Bill

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Though members of multiple tribes oppose it, the state Senate on Thursday advanced a bill giving Gov. Mark Gordon authority to establish hunting agreements with tribes whose treaties contain special hunting rights.

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Wyoming Bighorn Ram Hunts Will Remain ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime’ Opportunity

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Bighorn Sheep rams in rut butting heads in western Wyoming. (Getty Images)

Hunters who are lucky enough to draw a tag for a Rocky Mountain bighorn ram in Wyoming, but are unsuccessful in shooting one, will die never getting that chance again. A bill that would have allowed hunters to qualify for tags again died on Wednesday.

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Posting Bogus ‘No Trespassing’ Signs Could Cost $10,000 First Time, $50,000 For Repeats

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A bill that would make it a crime to post “no trespassing” signs on public land calls for fines of $10,000 for a first offense, $50,000 for more moves forward. Another bill that would have given game wardens broader authority to ticket trespassers has died.

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Twitter Suspends Montana Senator’s Account Because He Posted Hunting Photo

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Even though Elon Musk purchased Twitter, that doesn’t mean those who work for him follow the new regime’s policies. That was apparent when Montana Sen. Steve Daines’ Twitter account was briefly suspended for posting a hunting photo. His account was reinstated a few hours later.

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Shoshone Tribe Changes Mind, Will Not Make Hunting Pact With Wyoming

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(Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily)

Though at first in support of legislation underpinning an off-reservation hunting agreement with Wyoming that would define tribal members’ treaty right to hunt any unoccupied lands throughout the state, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s government on Friday sent Gov Gordon a letter withdrawing its approval.

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Efforts Underway To Ensure Wyoming Residents Get First Crack At Shed Antlers

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The large elk antler arch is one a Jackson, Wyoming, landmark. (Getty Images)

Once considered a niche activity, “shed hunting” for elk and deer antlers has become profitable and exploded in popularity. So much so that some legislators say Wyoming residents should have a three-day head start over non-residents

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Hogpocalypse Now? Feral Swine In Colorado, Montana Could Bode Badly For Wyoming

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Wildlife officials in both Colorado and Montana are concerned about feral hog infestations in their states. Colorado has already had feral hogs in the southeastern portion of the state and Montana is worried about feral swine moving south from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Wyoming Hunters Call Out Fake ‘No Trespassing’ Signs On Public Land

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People have been planting fake “no trespassing signs” on public land and trying to chase hunters away. A new bill would qualify that as “hunter harassment”l and punishable by fines up to $10,000 for the first offense and up to $50,000 for subsequent offenses.

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Bill Empowering Game Wardens To Ticket For Criminal Trespass Advances To Senate Floor

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Although there were concerns that a bill empowering Wyoming game wardens to bust trespassers was an attempt to “back-door”restrictions on corner crossing, those fears appear to have been alleviated as Senate File 56 was passed out of committee to the senate floor on Tuesday.

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Wildlife Task Force Recommends Cranking Up Out-Of-State “Big 5” Trophy Hunting Licenses

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Members of the Wyoming Wildlife Task Force said by raising the prices of out-of-state hunting licenses significantly for trophy species (bison $6,000, grizzly $7,500, if allowed), prices for Wyoming resident hunting tags would remain low.

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Longtime Moose & Bighorn Sheep Applicants Would Get Much Better Chance of Hunting License Under New System

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is considering a substantial change to its “preference points” system to give longtime applicants for moose and bighorn sheep hunting licenses a better chance of drawing one of the tags.

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Buffalo Detective Hits One In 16 Million Jackpot; Wins SuperTag Hunting Trifecta

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By winning the SuperTag Trifecta (the odds were 1 in 16,000,000) Buffalo detective James Kozisek can hunt three big game animals. He can choose from: bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, wild bison, deer, pronghorn, black bear, gray wolf, and mountain lion. 

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