The first Wyoming grizzly bear hunt in over four decades will target 24 animals if commissioners who oversee the the state's wildlife sign off on a proposal released Friday.
A topic of fierce controversy, the hunt is being devised in a way that state officials hope limits the chance of the bold large carnivore being shot in public view, or killed adjacent to Grand Teton National Park. A no-hunting zone will abut the east boundary of the park, and throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem it will be illegal to kill a grizzly within a half-mile of a named highway, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Chief Warden Brian Nesvik said.
?The intention is to address public concern that was focused on there being hunting and wildlife viewing going on at the same time,? Nesvik said.
Half of the overall statewide quota ? 10 male bears and two females ? is being distributed among six hunt zones that fall within a 19,279-square-mile ?demographic monitoring area? in the Yellowstone region?s core. Another 10 boars and two sows will be targeted outside this area, in outskirts reaches of the ecosystem where the federal government is not imposing limits on hunting.
The rules on hunting outlined in the draft regulations greatly differ inside and outside of the monitoring area, which encompasses Jackson Hole.
To ensure no more than two female bears are killed, a maximum of two hunters at a time will be allowed afield within the monitoring area.
?People will put in for a license, but we will only take the top two on the list,? Nesvik said. ?They would essentially be able to choose any of those six hunt areas up until the time either the female mortality limit is reached, or the sub-quota for that particular area is reached.?
Outside of the monitoring area, the dozen hunters who draw a license will not be subject to the same two-at-a-time system. Carrying the state-issued texting device will also not be required outside the monitoring area.
?Outside the DMA,? Nesvik said, ?we?ll issue licenses like we would an elk area.?
The legal season for grizzly bears will be mid-September through mid-November, and the state has for now ruled out a springtime hunt, which exists for black bears.
I hope it goes forward and is a success. I also am surprised at the number of tags proposed.
Bowboy, Ron N., Wyobullshooter, Lonebull, I hope you get tags!
From what I read in this bill bowhunting is allowed. https://wgfd.wyo.gov/WGFD/media/content/May_CH-32_Draft-2-26-18-3.pdf
Per WY G&F Draft bill 2-26-18 Section 6. Archery equipment that is legal for the taking of big or trophy game animals. (a) For the taking of antelope, bighorn sheep, black bear, deer, mountain goat, mountain lion, or gray wolf where designated as a trophy game animal, a hunter shall use a longbow, recurve bow or compound bow of not less than forty (40) pounds draw weight and an arrow equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seven-eighths (7/8) inch solid ring. 32-3 (b) For the taking of elk, grizzly bear or moose, a hunter shall use a longbow, recurve bow or compound bow of not less than fifty (50) pounds draw weight and an arrow equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seven-eighths (7/8) inch solid ring. (c) For the taking of any big or trophy game animal with a crossbow, a hunter shall use a crossbow having a peak draw weight of at least ninety (90) pounds and a bolt of at least sixteen (16) inches in length equipped with a fixed or expanding point broadhead that when fully expanded cannot pass through a seven-eighths (7/8) inch solid ring. WYOMING GAME AND FISH COMMISSIO
I would love to be second - resident or non-resident:)
Heck, as close as they are coming around Cody, Ron you probably have to be careful taking out the trash at your house!
That will keep the Boys Sucked Up Tight! haha
Good luck, Robb