Pheasants Forever Helps Ensure Future Hunting

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CHEYENNE– The High Plains Chapter of Pheasants Forever helped ensure hunters a place to go afield in Laramie County in the coming year by donating $2,500 to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s AccessYes program.

Chapter president Glenn Manley presented Game and Fish Commissioner Ron Lovercheck and Deputy Director John Emmerich with the check as part of their annual banquet on April 12, 2008.

“These funds will be used right here in Laramie County to help get access to quality private land hunting opportunities,” said Dean Bowman, chapter youth coordinator.  “Access is so important to the future of hunting.”

The AccessYes program currently provides about 8,500 private acres of access for hunting pheasants in Laramie County.  For each dollar donated to the program, the Game and Fish is able to provide about 4 acres of private land access.

“Access to quality private land continues to be a concern for hunters and wildlife managers,” says Matt Buhler, the department’s state access coordinator.  “Donations to AccessYes are very important, as this is the only source of funds the Game and Fish has for purchasing easements for hunting access.”

Proceeds were generated from a commissioner’s complimentary hunting license, donated to the High Plains Chapter by local Game and Fish Commissioner Lovercheck.  In addition to the AccessYes donation, funds from the license also support the chapter’s local youth activities, including several one-on-one pheasant hunts with kids from the area.

Co-youth coordinator Spike Giachino hopes other conservation and sportsmen organizations will also step up to the plate and put more funds toward access and youth programs.

“We want to get kids away from the TV and into the field so that our sportsman traditions don’t stop with us,” says Giachino.

Hunters and anglers can donate to AccessYes when they apply for a license online or at Game and Fish offices and license agents across the state.