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 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    December 2, 2021 

Open waters

With the advent of winter on the reservoir, Keyhole State Park superintendent Wade Henderson talks about what to expect on the water this season. Temperatures in the Keyhole Reservoir have been...

 

Weed and Pest to host field tour

Crook County Weed and Pest had another productive 2021 and has been successfully carrying out our programs over the course of the seasons as best as possible. The district dealt with many of the same issues all landowners and business owners dealt...

 

Christmas Tree Permits Now Available

Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits are available for purchase either online at Recreation.gov, from your local Forest Service office or from private vendors throughout the Black Hills. Details about where to cut your tree and height...

 

Welcome moisture

The drainage to the west of the MK-8 playground in Moorcroft was momentarily roaring with the influx of water last Thursday, on its way to the detaining pond. But despite the welcome rain, by that...

 

Moon Walk to host "Introduction to The Night Sky"

The Black Hills National Forest will conduct its third Moon Walk of the year on Sat., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. The activity will take place at the Sundance Horse Camp, located about five miles from Sundance. Participants will learn how to identify some comm...

 

Devils Tower accessibility project complete

Major improvements to the accessibility of trails, exhibits, parking and restrooms were completed in July at Devils Tower National Monument. It is the first major upgrade to the park’s...

 

Fair champions

Fair champions...

 

Keyhole superintendent advises caution

Due to the extreme drought conditions and ever-decreasing water levels at the Keyhole State Park reservoir, Superintendent Wade Henderson advises guests to be cautious as they enjoy the park. With...

 
 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    June 17, 2021

Fire season opens hot

Moorcroft, Pine Haven and Sundance Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a fast moving grass fire along Strong Lane near Pine Ridge on the south side of the Old Sundance Road at 11:44 a.m,...

 

Budding season

The Moorcroft Community Gardens face the unusually warm June weather with color and life as all but five of the 8 x 4 x 3 boxes are groomed and planted with this summer’s crops. Two of the three...

 

Black Hills National Forest announces 2021 Moon Walk schedule

The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2021 season. In its 26th year, Forest visitors will explore the importance of caves and karst systems, beavers, learn about the stars in the night sky and...

 
 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    May 27, 2021

Makeover complete for Noonan Park

Noonan Park is busier this week than residents have seen it for decades. The repurposing of the basketball court and the finishing touches to the new restroom facilities are joined with the...

 

NWWA Kids fishing day

On a blustery Friday morning last week, the Northeast Wyoming Walleye Association once again held their annual Kids Education Day in Coulter Bay for 42 Moorcroft youngsters and 15 from Upton. The...

 
 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    May 27, 2021

Let's go fishing

The Northeast Wyoming Walleye Association (NWWA) is hosting their annual Kids Fishing Derby June 5 with registration starting at 9 a.m. at The Reservoir in Pine Haven. Anyone big enough to hold a fishing pole and under 19 years old can enter. There...

 

Free Fishing Day

In conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s ”Free Fishing Day”, on June 5, daily use fees are waived at all parks/recreation areas that provide angling.   WyoParks locations offering free entrance are Boysen, Buffalo Bill,...

 

Keyhole Reservoir Spring Classic 2021

This year saw some great fishing despite the low levels on Keyhole Reservoir as 52 teams prepared to put all their cunning and knowledge of the sport in play to catch the biggest fish in this two-day...

 

Wyo Game and Fish issues 2K new elk tags as herds exceed goals

Elk populations in Wyoming’s major herds are nearly 30% over objective Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel revealed as their governing commission approved hunting seasons and nearly 2000 additional licenses Wednesday. Some 101,800 elk...

 

Jail break

Caught in the act on Friday, several wooly residents north of Moorcroft decided they'd prefer to buffet on the other side of the fence....

 

Shed season, winter closure ending align in '21

JACKSON — Federal and state agencies have sorted out discombobulation that led to an awfully confusing 2020 onset to the popular antler gathering season in western Wyoming. When May 1 strikes in 2021, there’s one time to keep in mind: 6 a.m....

 

Temporary closures to protect nesting falcons and climbers

Rock climbing routes on the southwest face and the southwest edges of Devils Tower summit will be temporarily closed effective immediately to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The...

 

Love is in the air...

The first signs of spring are bringing romance back, as was made apparent by these demonstrative fellows early on Tuesday morning as they strutted their stuff near town hall in preparation for...

 

Angler discovers rare winter algae bloom

GILLETTE — Paul Langevin first noticed the unusual substance beneath the ice on Keyhole Reservoir in December. As he’s done for decades, Langevin headed out on the frozen lake to bore a hole and drop a line. But when he broke through the thick...

 

The Forestry Corner

We all have seen aspen, growing on a hillside, with their lighter shade of green than the surrounding pine. Perhaps in autumn when patches of gold show up on a hillside and we say, “The aspen are changing color.” But have you noticed an aspen...

 

Keeping safe on Keyhole Reservoir

For ice fishermen and other winter enthusiasts wanting to visit Keyhole State Park this month, park supervisor Wade Henderson reports that, “The ice is anywhere between six and nine inches,...

 

The Forestry Corner

Welcome to the inaugural publication of The Forestry Corner. This monthly column is jointly produced by the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the Wyoming Tree Farm Committee, a landowner advocacy group, associated with the American Forest...

 

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