H/t Cowboy Tough Wyoming.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging residents across the state as well as visiting hunters, anglers, boaters and other recreationists to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, per an April 7 WGFD release.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the release stated, people need to be extra vigilant to recreate safely and follow state directives.
“Being outside is good for your health and with nicer weather, we know you are itching to get out and enjoy it,” WGFD Director Brian Nesvik said, adding that people must recreate responsibly to protect the health of Wyoming.
Nesvik encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to recreate close to home during this time and not travel long distances or go out of state for outdoor recreation activities.
“Stay local,” he said, urging Wyomingites to fill up their gas tanks in their own communities and bring food and water to avoid visiting a store. Don’t congregate with others in parking lots, at public access areas or trailheads, he said.
Recreate with immediate family, he stressed, asking residents choosing to get outdoors to do so with household family members instead of meeting up with friends.
“If you arrive somewhere that has a full parking lot, find somewhere else to go,” Nesvik said. “We are dealing with an unprecedented set of conditions, so you must strike a balance between getting outside and avoiding as many people as possible.”
Currently, all hunting and fishing opportunities remain open in Wyoming, and many applications for fall hunts are being accepted through June 1, per the release.
Although WGFD has closed overnight camping until further notice at the Grayrocks Reservoir and Wheatland No. 1 Public Access Areas, and at Cottonwood Draw Wildlife Habitat Management Area in Platte County, day use is still permitted at those locations, the release stated.
To apply for and buy licenses or stamps, click here.
For more information on how enjoy the outdoors safely with social distancing, call WGFD at (307) 777-4600.