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Hunting in Wyoming: 3 Things for Landowners to Know About Hunting on Private Property

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Nearly half of the land in Wyoming is private property, accessible to hunting only when and how landowners say so. In the last 15 years, more and more Wyoming landowners have opened their private property to hunting.

That increase is due in large part to three programs run by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The programs have increased private land access to hunters and anglers through incentives for property owners.

Here are a few of the perks for private landowners who allow access to hunters and anglers in Wyoming.

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1. When animals like mountain lions or furbearing critters become too plentiful on private land, owners can call on hunters to thin the population.

Under the Hunter-Landowner Assistance Program, landowners in need are placed on a list by Game and Fish staff. The list is available to hunters who can then contact the landowner directly.

The program benefits landowners who want to limit and control access based on need.

2. Landowners who let Game and Fish staff manage hunting access to their land receive a cash reward. The dollar amount is based on the number of acres enrolled in the state-run Hunter Management Area Program.

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Qualified land must provide access to big and trophy game hunting. To participate, the landowner must sign an agreement that includes a map outlining boundaries, access roads, and parking areas. Restrictions for hunters such as no camping are also set.

The payment is small but steady. For owners of 1,000 acres, the rate is $1,260 a year. Bonuses are given for each year of participation. At five years, the 1,000-acre owner will receive $1,512. The state also provides signs, increased patrols, and liability immunity.

3. Financial rewards also come with the state’s Walk-In Area Hunting Program. Landowners who participate are compensated for allowing access based on the size of the property. Wyoming leases tracts of private land in the program. Payment also comes from hunters, anglers, and conservation organizations who donate to the program.

In the 2015 annual report for the Private Lands Public Wildlife Access Program, donations from hunters totaled $133,387. Conservation groups contributed $76,570.

Each dollar provides access to approximately four acres of private land.

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Nearly half of the land in Wyoming is private property, accessible to hunting only when and how landowners say so. In the last 15 years, more and more Wyoming landowners have opened their private property to hunting. Here are a few of the perks for landowners who allow access to hunters in Wyoming.
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