A Minnesota snowmobiler who has been coming to the Snowy Range since 1994 said his son had a very close call with an avalanche, and warned that conditions in Wyoming are ripe for more.
Don’t get Craig Bell wrong, just because one of the most popular products with his Wyoming customers is a vinyl decal proclaiming “I Hate People,” that doesn’t mean he actually hates people. Except when he sees a trailhead full of cars…
Snowmobilers reported anywhere from four to seven feet of new snow at Snowy Range over the weekend. The result is incredible snowmobiling conditions all across the area.
Wyoming has missed the mark by not having a world-class shooting complex that could draw tourism and boost the state to international status among firearms and archery enthusiasts, say proponents who are trying to launch the project.
Despite their size and their abilities to battle wolves, bear, and other predators, livestock guardian dogs can be vulnerable — to humans. Wyoming ranchers are asking to please not ‘rescue’ their dogs as they aren’t “cold” and they don’t need rescuing.
Retired Denver Broncos Super Bowl champion Derek Wolfe was attacked by many on social media for taking down a dog-killing mountain lion. But others supported him like FOX News’ Tucker Carlson.
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Wyoming’s out-of-state snowmobile tourism is up 38%. It’s a $193.8 million industry for the Cowboy State, and it’s just getting stronger. Minnesota accounts for 28% of Wyoming’s snowmobile tourism.
Wyoming’s system for drawing allowed Joe Feeley of Aladdin to draw tags for all the “Big 5” trophy game species currently legal to hunt. Even so, he favors a bill that would reform the tag draw system because it would give young hunters better odds.
The bill would create a $50 million trust fund to pay for the Office of Outdoor Recreation to better promote Wyoming outdoors. Currently, Wyoming is last in dollars and jobs generated by outdoor tourism compared to 11 other western states.
Allowing off-road vehicles to pass underneath Interstate 80 near Evanston could connect a series of trails and be a huge boost to the area’s tourism, say proponents House Bill 42, which was moved to the House floor on Friday.
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Members of a Wyoming House committee narrowly voted down House Bill 48 which would have used $40 million to build pedestrian and bicycle paths across the state.
It could been a dire situation for Yellowstone snowmobiler Chris Brookhart as someone removed the ignition key from his snowmobile 15 miles from civilization on Tuesday. It turns out someone hid the key on purpose.
An overpopulation of aggressive squirrels and aging cottonwoods are clashing, prompting two dozen century-old trees to be removed from Holliday Park in Cheyenne. City officials say the overmature trees are no match for the damaging rodents.
A Colorado man got more than he bargained for after he taunted a bull elk on the road. After playfully asking the elk if it wanted to fight, the elk promptly punctured one of his tires.
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Bills affecting the Wyoming outdoors in the 2023 legislative session include cracking down on drone usage so not to give hunters an unfair advantage and to address privacy concerns as well as legislation to protect Wyoming water along tributaries to the Colorado River.
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Mountain lions cut a bloody swath through the dog population around a town in rural Boulder County, Colorado, killing as many as 15 dogs in 30 days.
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With more than 70 false alerts from iPhones over Christmas weekend, a Colorado, search and rescue responder warns it could be a sign of things to come for Wyoming.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department was besieged with phone calls after a parody Facebook account announced that two rhinoceroses were running loose on I-25 after a transport vehicle crashed.
A 48-state hunting ban for poachers, which includes Wyoming, is a useful tool to help shut down illegal wildlife killers, particularly wealthy ones. Although they may just travel to Canada or Africa to poach.
After a minor wreck set off a snowmobiler’s iPhone emergency alert, search and rescue squads in two counties, along with a chopper crew from a third county, were scrambled for what turned out to be a fruitless three-hour search.
A new feature on Apple phones and watches that calla 911 when skiers fall down is causing chaos in many areas of the country. Wyoming authorities have reached out to Apple but have heard nothing.
Although the open water, 60-degree temperatures, and warm winds could appear to make for unsafe ice-fishing conditions, ice-anglers say it was more than safe.
Brent Sibley and his son, Forrest, had for many years dreamed of hunting elk together in Wyoming. Forrest was killed in combat in Afghanistan before they got the chance, so Brent dedicated his elk hunt this fall to his fallen son.
In what could be the start of a flaming arms race among Western politicians, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is showing off a flamethrower her staff gave her for Christmas.
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Although Wyoming is experiencing a severe winter storm, from a ranching perspective it’s nothing like the “Big Die-Up” of 1886-87, when hundreds of thousands of cattle perished across Wyoming and the West.
How about a flamethrower for Christmas? Or maybe a Krapp Strapp for that someone special? Perhaps a grizzly-proof suit? Outdoors writer Mark Heinz presents his top-10 gift ideas for the Christmas season.
Tracks of a wolf that was probably “three times the size of a German shepherd” were found earlier this week by a rancher outside of Lander, Wyoming.
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Unlike Canada where a retired wildlife official speculated that black bears are now hunting humans, Colorado authorities don’t believe that’s happening but black bear attacks on people did increase this year.
As the entire state is expected to be below zero by Thursday, it’s wise not to go out. If you must, make sure your car is packed with the essentials: a sleeping bag for each person in the car, high-calorie food, warm drinks, and a few sticks of butter.
Three people who were reportedly helping with an ice rescue fell into the ice themselves on Thursday; one of the helpers was rescued while two others haven’t been found.
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Don’t tell C.J. Box, but Wyoming is facing a big shortage of game wardens. Low salaries are probably to blame, Game and Fish director Brian Nesvik says.
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Mountain biking has been on the rise across the nation and Wyoming, with new trails and varied terrain, it has a lot to offer mountain bikers in summer and winter
An early freeze bodes well for Wyoming’s ice fishing season. There will be generous limits on smaller lake trout at Flaming Gorge reservoir, and no limit for burbot, a Game and Fish official said.
Three out-of-staters have been convicted of more than 100 violations in what state agents are calling one of Wyoming’s largest poaching cases on record.
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A drone with a flamethrower attached to it might seem like the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone but it turns out they’re expensive and require special licensing.
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Biologists are urging outdoors-people to stay “bear aware” in Wyoming as grizzly attacks, although rare, can still happen in the winter. There was a grizzly encounter last month in Fairbanks, Alaska and in late 2018, and woman and her infant were mauled and killed by a male grizzly.
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“Maverick,” “Goose” and “Charlie” are three black-footed ferrets that were just reintroduced to Meeteetse after being a part of a captive breeding program at the Phoenix Zoo. More than 500 ferrets have been born at the facility and then reintroduced to native habitat.
A makeshift firearm seized by cops and has become the laughingstock of the Internet was probably more dangerous to its user than anybody else, says a Wyoming gunsmith and former law enforcement officer.
A Wyoming Game and Fish biologist told Cowboy State Daily there have been no recorded incidents of grizzly bears eating bricks of cocaine and going on horrific rampages, unlike a new movie called ‘Cocaine Bear’ which is loosely based on a true story.
Outdoorsmen say the outlook is great for black bear hunting in Wyoming primarily because of the way the bears are managed with the quota system. As for grizzly hunting, however, go to Alaska because it’s not happening here anytime soon.
A Bridger, Montana, man was one of the latest of more than 300 disabled people who’ve been given a chance to hunt in Wyoming through the efforts of a Cody-based all volunteer group.
Neighboring Colorado, California and Utah all have large climbing communities. Smart marketing to these nearby enthusiasts could bring thousands more climbers to Wyoming and millions more tourism dollars.
Snowmobilers say they aren’t opposed to plowing a critical stretch of Highway 212 outside of Yellowstone as long as a replacement trail for recreation is created.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Metallica-themed goal at Saratoga Lake was to “kill ’em all.” And they succeeded as everything is dead. The department will restock the lake with trout in Spring 2023.
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Childhood brain cancer left Kenneth “Chip” Madren disabled, but that didn’t stop him from a hunt of a lifetime – and bagging a Wyoming bull elk.
A Laramie man told Cowboy State Daily that his 30-mile hike in 10,000+ foot terrain inhabited by grizzlies was worth it to fill his once-in-a-lifetime mountain goat tag – and has photos, video and a “dork stamp” to remember it.
Despite the availability of farm-raised and artificial Christmas trees, state foresters say Wyomingites are still going out to the woods to cut their own trees.
A Wyoming hunter said learning her deer was infected with chronic wasting disease caused her throw some of it away, and she remains on the fence about whether to consume the rest.
A video of a large mule deer buck limbo-ing his way under a metal gate is fun to watch, but not that unusual. Wyoming hunters say if they’ve lived that long to get that big, they’ve learned to be crafty to survive.
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Copper bullets might widely replace lead-core ammunition for big-game hunting in Wyoming, because of bullet performance, as well as human and wildlife health concerns, some hunters and a gunsmith said.
Karl Brauneis, a retired forester from Lander, told Cowboy State Daily that he thought the Krapp Strapp’s design was ingenious but would probably continue to just search for “a good log.”
Falconry, one of the most ancient forms of hunting small game and game birds, is still practiced in Wyoming. But don’t expect the birds of prey to be pets or behave like dogs…
A driver whose 4,000-pound trailer was flipped due to a 111mph wind gust on Saturday said he was frustrated with WYDOT because their signs warned of only 60mph gusts.
Wildlife disease, particularly “blue tongue disease,” hit deer populations in parts of Wyoming hard this year, seriously diminishing hunting opportunities in the Black Hills area.
A golden eagle captured in Wyoming as part of a program to mitigate depredation of Cowboy State sheep herds is doing well in his new home in Pennsylvania.
For residents of Mammoth, Wyoming, and Cooke City, Montana, the Old Gardiner Road is more than a historic stagecoach trail, it’s the only way in and out for them during winter. It’s also the only lifeline for the area’s winter tourism industry.
“Barbie Jeep Racing” – or grown adults cramming themselves into children’s toy plastic vehicles and careening down hills – has taken off in several states. A Cheyenne motorsports dealer said he wants Wyoming to be next.
Although a young girl was attacked by a golden eagle in Kyrgyzstan – that’s not likely to happen in Wyoming, wildlife biologists say. But sheep and small pets are a different story…
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Allowing off-road vehicles to cross under Interstate 80 near Evanston could be key to linking an extensive network of roads and trails and draw off road enthusiasts from around Wyoming and Utah.
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A non-profit organization in Cody received a $50,000 grant from T-Mobile to upgrade a little-known — yet to those who know how to find it — “spectacular” trail outside of Cody.
Three subadult female wolves shot in Wyoming just across the border from Colorado highlight stark differences in the states’ laws, where it’s illegal to kill wolves in Colorado but allowed in Wyoming.
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A Wyoming hunter had to endure an extended stare-down with a huge, irritated black bear while making sure he was legally clear to shoot the bruin to fill his tag.
Wyoming’s wild – or feral – horse population remains essentially uncontrolled, some legislators said. Meanwhile, the state’s Native American tribes could set an example in horse management, a wildlife advocate said Tuesday.
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Prices could rise dramatically for some nonresident Wyoming hunting licenses in a move some say will bring them more in line with averages across other Westen states.
One man from Colorado and another from Wyoming have been charged with aggravated assault and battery and theft after accusing a pair of hunters in Lincoln County of taking their elk carcasses.
Forget the expensive, big-brand hunting boots – a Wyoming girl dropped her first elk while wearing Crocs. The freshman from Lander say they bring her good luck.
A firearm found on the ground south of Rawlins led to the discovery of human remains Oct. 16, but the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t yet released the identity of the body.
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A landowner recently was allowed by Wyoming Game and Fish to put down some wolves in the Gros Ventre mountains after they killed two foals and injured three other horses.
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Controversy has erupted over the future of the scenic Box Elder Canyon area near Glenrock. Some say they would like to see more trails there, but others want the rugged landscape left alone.
An elk hunter who purposely avoids hunting in grizzly country was charged by a black bear as he was processing his elk in the Bighorn Mountains last week.
The fall colors usually don’t last this long in Wyoming because of weather. There are a number of places all across the state to enjoy the foliage. But hurry up, inclement weather is on the way…
Somebody stole a trophy-sized bull elk skull and antlers from a backyard in Lander, mirroring the actions of thieves another hunter called “dirtbags” after his trophy mule deer rack was stolen in the Wyoming backcountry.
“I could hear when his teeth would hit my skull,” Kendall Cummings told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. Kendall tried to physically pull a grizzly off his teammate Brady Lowry on Saturday and paid dearly for it. Lowry says his friend saved his life.
A Wyoming man says his son is hospitalized with a broken jaw and other severe injuries after he and his elk hunting companion were severely beaten by drunken men with Colorado license plates on their truck.
Two athletes from Northwest College in Powell are recovering from serious injuries suffered in a grizzly bear attack on Saturday outside of Cody. When one of the athletes saw the grizzly attacking his friend, he attacked the grizzly with his bare hands and tried to pull it off of him.
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After nearly losing half of her hand in a crossbow accident and then getting hit with medical bills of almost $200,000, Casper’s Trudy Archuleta hasn’t given up her dream of bagging a bull elk.
A fatal fungi known as the Death Cap Mushroom has expanded its range and is expected to show-up in Wyoming (most likely Yellowstone) soon. “It’s not a good way to leave this world,” a UW scientist told Cowboy State Daily.
Newcastle’s Chris Rhodes put down his hunting rifle and picked up a handgun about 20 years ago, and has exclusively hunted with handguns ever since.
After getting mauled by a grizzly on a hunting trip outside of Yellowstone in the Thorofare, James Davis was determined to go back to fill his elk tag. Less than a month later, he returned to the same location and bagged a bull elk.
When an elderly man from Vermont died in September without an obituary or funeral, a Wyoming Game and Fish biologist who developed a friendship with him 12 years ago, posted her own tribute and made sure his cat was taken care of.
Another remote stone circle in Wyoming is generating some online controversy but this one is neither ancient nor a medicine wheel. Satellite images prove it was built in the last five years.
A Virginia teenager battling an untreatable disease fulfilled his dream of hunting elk in the West, and said he can’t wait to return to Wyoming.
Guns are as popular as ever in Wyoming. In fact, according to some, the fastest-growing high school sport in Wyoming is trap and skeet shooting
As the least-populated state, Wyoming is full of out-of-the-way places, and with fewer than 6 people per square mile it’s easy for someone to get away from it all. Then there’s the Thorofare.
Cheyenne veteran Dana Gage and his trusty pup Klaus take scenic walks every day, and their adventures are followed by thousands on Facebook.
A man who got stuck in the bottom of an outhouse for three hours after trying to rescue his phone said the next time this happens, he will just report his phone stolen instead of jumping down an outhouse.
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An Iowa hunter who shot a Wyoming elk that made it to private property before dying said he wasn’t allowed by the landowner to retrieve the animal, and the carcass was left to rot.
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An image of a “unicorn” elk caught on a trail camera is the sort of photographic evidence it takes to prove the existence of such an unusual creature.
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A renewed push to ban lead ammunition on federal lands could hurt hunting and target shooting in Wyoming, says longtime wildlife biologist and gun advocate.
Transplanted elk from Wyoming and other Western states are thriving in the East. So much so that Virginia is having its first-ever elk season. But Wyoming is still tops for elk hunting, say wildlife experts.