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WSG Hulett Youth Field Day June 4

The Wyoming Sportsman Group Hulett Youth Field Day is an anticipated annual event drawing over 100 youth and their families from northeast Wyoming and surrounding states to participate in outdoor...

 

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and seasonal gates scheduled to open

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds are scheduled to open Friday, May 13 and seasonal gates will all be open Monday, May 16, 2022. The Forest offers 30 campgrounds with more than 680 individual sites. Many of the campgrounds are operated by a...

 

Just a peek

Curious Major thinks he might like to explore inside the truck, though Beulah the dog isn't convinced he's going to fit. Both four-legged friends belong to Jennifer Pierson of Moor...

 

Use of exploding targets illegal on the Black Hills National Forest

While recreational shooting is allowed, it is unlawful to shoot at or use exploding targets anywhere on the Black Hills National Forest. A regional closure order prohibits the use of exploding targets on National Forest System Lands. The order...

 

UW Extension to host invasive grass, weed workshops in Gillette, Sheridan, Sundance

Workshops about invasive grasses and weeds are scheduled in early May in Gillette, Sheridan and Sundance. Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension, the free public workshops – all covering the...

 
 By Stephen Dow    Outdoors    March 31, 2022

Hunting Wyoming's rarest animals now easier for residents

SHERIDAN — Starting in July, Wyoming hunters will have increased chances to hunt the big five game animals in Wyoming: moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bison and grizzly bears. During its recently completed session, the Wyoming Legislature...

 
 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    March 24, 2022

Chainsaws in Pine Haven

The 22-person Montana Conservation crew has split into two teams with one working in the classroom and the other on the ground in Pine Haven, clearing the area between the bigger trees. This is done...

 

Devils Tower National Monument transitioning to cashless fee collection

Beginning April 1, 2022, Devils Tower National Monument will be accepting entrance fee payments via card and digital payments only. Reducing cash collected in fee operations allows a park unit to be...

 

Black and white all over

This rare white (or smoky gray) wild hen has been a resident of Pine Haven for a couple of years, says Sunny Schell. About one in 100 wild turkeys are thought to be this color. While not as rare as...

 

Public meetings set for this year's hunting regs

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will once again be holding public open houses around the county this month to discuss the proposed hunting seasons for 2022. Meetings are scheduled in both Sundance and Hulett and comments will be accepted until...

 

Please do not park in front of closed forest gates

Black Hills National Forest officials are asking the public to avoid parking in front of closed Forest gates. Gates are closed to provide a seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect road surfaces and other resources, and provide for public safety as...

 

WY State Parks reminds public about ice safety

With ice forming on lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails reminds anglers of potential dangers on the ice. Ice fishing and other ice-related activities are a great way to enjoy...

 

Snowpack drops near half its normal levels

Though flurries have passed through the area fairly regularly over the last couple of weeks, Wyoming’s snowpack is lower than usual so far this season – and Crook County is almost at the bottom of the list in terms of how much snow has...

 

CCNRD states goals for the year ahead

The Crook County Natural Resource District (CCNRD) is encouraging the public to read two documents that outline both the past and future: an annual report and a plan of action for the year ahead. These documents have been published as a guide to the...

 

Keyhole fishing update

Keyhole State Park Superintendent Wade Henderson updated on conditions at Keyhole Reservoir, closing out the year. With varying thickness of four to six inches, Henderson warns guests, "Use extreme...

 

Wyoming State Parks to begin collecting sales and lodging taxes on overnight use in State Parks

As of January 1, 2022, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will begin collecting sales and lodging taxes to comply with Wyoming State Statutes 39-15-101 and 39-15-201. Tax rates vary by county and will be collected on fees for overnight...

 

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,...

 

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