Big game seasons have ended across Wyoming, but the upcoming “public meeting season” is upon us, including this Wednesday, March 25, in Douglas at the Converse County Courthouse at 6 p.m.
This season takes place every year in late winter and early spring. These public meetings and your input are very important for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, as it prepares for the fall hunting seasons.
During the next few weeks, the Game & Fish will be holding dozens of public meetings and open houses throughout the state like the one in Douglas for Converse County on Wednesday. If county residents are unable to make it to that meeting, there will be another held at the Game & Fish Regional Office at 3030 Energy Lane in Casper at 6 p.m. March 30.
The agenda for these meetings is simple. Hunters, landowners and wildlife enthusiasts are given a chance to meet and talk with their local game wardens and biologists and review information on Game & Fish proposals for hunting seasons along with wildlife management goals and objectives for different hunt areas and herd units.
The meetings are not the only way to participate. Members of the public can call, email or stop by and talk to their local game warden or biologist to give feedback or learn more. Individuals can also view information or provide comments online at wgfd.wyo.gov or by visiting the Game & Fish website and clicking the public meetings tab. A full calendar of scheduled meetings is available as well as draft regulations. Please check for draft proposals and associated presentations now be available on this site and at regional offices. Any comments should be directed to the most current draft regulation/draft proposal available.
“These meetings are the best time for hunters to get an idea of how their wildlife herds are doing and what the Game & Fish is planning for the coming season,” said chief game warden Brian Nesvik. “This process allows us to present our proposal s for the coming hunting seasons and more importantly, this time of year is when hunters, landowners and members of the public can let us know what is on their mind and what direction they would like to see the Game & Fish take in the future.”
If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, written comments may also be mailed to: Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Attn: Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604.
All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on March 31, and are provided to the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission and field personnel for review.