Elk NetworkWyoming Program Improves Public Access for Hunting, Fishing

General | March 14, 2019

There’s more access for hunting and fishing in Wyoming thanks to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department program that uses public donations to open private land. In 2018, the Access Yes program provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access as well as 4,006 lake acres and 86 stream miles for fishing on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands through partnerships with private landowners.

“Each year we partner with landowners to increase quality hunting and fishing access to privately-owned lands and landlocked public lands, and that’s big value to our state,” said Scott Edberg, acting chief of the Game and Fish’s wildlife division. “A big thank you goes out to landowners for their partnership to make these access opportunities possible. We also extend thanks to hunters and anglers for donating to Access Yes when buying a license and to our partners for their continued donations to support the program.”

Grant funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2018 provided 46,500 acres of hunting and fishing public access. RMEF provided nearly $100,000 in funding to benefit Wyoming’s Access Yes program over the last five years.

(Photo source: Wyoming Game and Fish Department)