Game And Fish Wildlife Habitat Management Areas Beginning To Close For Winter

Cheyenne, WY – Many of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Habitat Management Areas are closing to human presence — or already have — for the season to provide protections for wildlife on their winter ranges. The majority of WHMAs close or have restrictions for the winter annually. 

Protecting crucial habitat for wildlife is one of the main reasons the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission invests in land throughout Wyoming. WHMAs provide a refuge for big game that must conserve energy and rely on fat stores to survive the coldest months of the year. 

“Seasonal closures are essential for minimizing stress-causing disturbances to wintering deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wildlife,” said Ray Bredehoft, Game and Fish habitat and access branch chief. “Closures also reduce the human and recreational impacts to the forage, which supports the wildlife on their winter ranges.”  

The closures are for any human presence unless otherwise noted.
 

WHMA CLOSURE DATES

HABITAT AREANEAREST TOWNDATES AREA CLOSEDRESTRICTIONS
Forbes/Sheep MountainAlbanyJan. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
Greys RiverAlpineDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
Wick/BeumeeArlingtonDec. 1 through May 15Only lands south of I-80 are closed. Vehicles restricted to FS-111 for access to the U.S. Forest Service boundary, otherwise closed to human presence.
Bud LoveBuffaloJan.1 through May 14Closed to human presence. 
SunlightCodyDec. 16 through April 30Fishing along Sunlight Creek is open year-round.
Inberg/Roy (East Fork)DuboisDec. 16 through May 15 Closed to human presence.
Spence & MoriarityDuboisDec. 16 through May 15East Fork County Road and that portion east of the road is open year-round. Rest of the WMA is closed to human presence.
Whiskey BasinDuboisDec. 1 through May 15 Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic. 
Medicine LodgeHyattvilleJan. 1 through May 31Lower campground portion is open year-round.Turkey hunting allowed in lower portion during the seasonal closure. 
RennerHyattvilleJan. 1 through May 31Upper portion closed to human presence. Lower portion remains open year- round.
Camp CreekJacksonDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
Horse CreekJacksonDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
South ParkJacksonJan. 1 through April 30Closed to vehicle traffic Dec. 1-April 30. Signed area open to foot traffic Dec. 1-31. Closed to all Human presence Jan 1- April 30.
Ed O. TaylorKayceeJan. 1 through May 14Closed to human presence. 
EllisKayceeJan. 1 through May 14Closed to vehicles Sept. 1-May 14. Closed to human presence Jan. 1-May 14.
Red CanyonLanderDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
SunshineMeeteetseJan. 1 through May 31Closed to human presence after cow hunting seasons ends.
Half MoonPinedaleDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence. 
Soda LakePinedaleDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence. 
Fall CreekPinedaleDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence. 
Luke LynchPinedaleDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
Black ButtePinedaleDec. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
Morgan CreekRawlinsNov. 1 through April 30Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic.
Pennock MountainSaratogaNov. 15 through April 30Closed to vehicles only. Open to foot/horse traffic. 
Amsden CreekSheridanNov. 1 through May 14Closed to vehicles. Open to foot/horse traffic Nov. 1-15.
Amsden CreekSheridanNov. 16 through May 14Closed to human presence.
KernsSheridanNov. 1 through May 31Closed to vehicles. Open to foot/horse traffic Nov. 1-15.
KernsSheridanNov. 16 through May 31Closed to human presence. 
Laramie PeakWheatlandFeb. 1 through April 30Laramie Peak is open all year except the Hay Canyon, Tony Ridge and Duck Creek Canyon areas shall be closed to human presence from Feb. 1-April 30 each year.
Pilot HillLaramieFeb. 1 through April 30Closed to human presence.
WHMAs OPEN YEAR-ROUND
HABITAT AREANEAREST TOWNDATES AREA CLOSEDRESTRICTIONS
Ocean LakeRiverton  
Sand MesaShoshoni  
Chain LakesWamsutter  
Cottonwood Draw/GrayrocksWheatland ORV access prohibited.
North GlendoGlendo  
JelmLaramie Vehicular access is restricted to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.
RawhideLingle Vehicular access is restricted to parking areas. ORV access prohibited.
Springer/Bump SullivanYoder Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1-May 15. ORV access prohibited.
Table MountainTorrington Closed to motorized vehicles from Oct. 1-May 15. ORV access prohibited.
Tom Thorne/Beth WilliamsWheatland Closed to motorized vehicles beyond the reservoir from Feb. 1-May 31. 
YellowtailLovell  
Red Rim/DaleyRawlins Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.
Red Rim/GrizzlyRawlins Drifting snow closes most trails in early winter.
Sand CreekSundance  
PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS WITH SEASONAL CLOSURES
HABITAT AREANEAREST TOWNDATES AREA CLOSEDRESTRICTIONS
Mexican Creek LanderJan. 1 through Aug. 31County access road closed Nov. 22.
Mud SpringsLanderOpen during big game hunting seasonsNon-motorized access through adjacent public lands. Hunting for pronghorn, white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk only.
KillebrewPavillionJan. 1 through Aug. 31 
Mule Creek RanchLaramieFeb. 1 through Oct 14HMA permission slip required.
VonGontard Landing JacksonDec. 1 through Mar. 1Weather may affect closing and opening dates.
Pitcher/ Brokaw ArlingtonJan. 1 through July 31ORV prohibited.
Carter/Billy MilesTen SleepJan. 1 through Aug. 31 
Coco Belle VanMeerendonk  JacksonDec. 1 through April 14Closed to wheeled motorized vehicles. 

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