(Lander, WY) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission met in Lander to approve annual hunting season regulations and quotas. After hearing season presentations and considering public comments, the Commission adopted the regulations and quotas for the 2022 hunting season. Final information will be available on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website and hunt planner by early May.
The Commission heard an overview of the department’s chronic wasting disease management oversight program and the ongoing management of chronic wasting disease in the state. Research into how best to manage the disease in Wyoming is ongoing, and Game and Fish plans to continue outreach efforts to educate hunters and others about the disease.
The department informed the Commission of Jackson’s employee housing project at the Commission’s South Park property. Drilling for water will take place next week. Game and Fish is currently soliciting proposals for project design. Proposals must be submitted by mid-May. For efficiency reasons, Game and Fish will pursue the hiring of a construction manager at risk to oversee the housing project. Both proposals will be submitted to the committee for final approval, tentatively scheduled for July.
Construction of the new regional office in Cody continues. The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.
The Commission approved an additional $1.15 million to pay for the rising costs of the service during the current fiscal year. The extra funds will pay for vehicles, damage claims and port costs.
The Game and Fish Fisheries Division presented an overview of the Warm and Cold Water Fish Trade Program – where Game and Fish trades cold water trout for fish such as walleye and catfish for the benefit of fishermen. The department is continuing to expand the Dan Speas Fish Hatchery in Casper for hot water capacity to raise walleye. Resources in the state will help limit the risk of the spread of diseases and aquatic invasive species from trade with a positive status for mussels. Wyoming is one of the last states to be free of zebra and quagga mussels.
The next commission meeting is scheduled for June 1-2 for a retreat at the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp in Dubois.