Game & Fish gear up for wolf hunt 2017

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Representatives from Wyoming Game and Fish Department say they have developed a conservative hunting program for the gray wolf, but are encouraging public input on their proposed 2017 hunting season within the Trophy Game Management Area.

WGFD has opened a comment period to gather feedback ahead of its July meeting when hunting regulations will be finalized.

The total proposed quota, across 12 hunt areas, is 44. This is up by 1 when compared to the 43 in the 2014 hunt. Some areas see an increase in quota, while others are decreased slightly.

“We have developed a conservative hunting season framework in the Trophy Game Area for the public to consider and provide comments on,” said Doug Brimeyer, deputy chief of the Game and Fish’s wildlife division. “Our track record in 2012 and 2013 shows that this approach will ensure we maintain a recovered population of wolves while providing opportunity for those who want to hunt gray wolves.”

Meetings will be held across the state including one in Jackson on May 22 at 6pm at the Virginian. In addition to proposed gray wolf hunting regulations other draft regulations may be discussed at these meetings.

Date Time Town Location
May 17 6 p.m. Green River Game and Fish Office
May 22 6 p.m. Jackson Virginian Hotel
May 23 6 p.m. Cody Bighorn Federal Bank
May 23 7 p.m. Sundance Crook County Courthouse
May 23 7 p.m. Sheridan Game and Fish Office
May 24 6 p.m. Laramie Game and Fish Office
May 25 6 p.m. Casper Game and Fish Office
May 25 6 p.m. Lander Game and Fish Office
June 1 6 p.m. Pinedale Game and Fish Office

Wolves outside the Trophy Game Management Area are considered predatory animals as defined in state law and therefore can be harvested. Any wolf harvested in the predator zone must be checked in to the Game and Fish within 10 days of harvest. The department does not manage for population viability outside the Trophy Game Management Area as wolves that occur in these areas are more likely to be involved in conflicts.

Written comments on gray wolf hunting regulations will be accepted through 5pm, June 19 online or by mail:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Regulations
3030 Energy Lane
Casper, WY  82604
Copies of the proposed regulations are available on the Game and Fish website