Five Most Common Hunting Violations
CHEYENNE– Every year as hunting seasons get underway, Game and Fish offices receive numerous questions about various game laws and what hunters can and cannot do while in the field.
Some of the questions come from new residents who are not familiar with Wyoming law and how our laws may differ from their previous residence. Most Wyoming laws are a mater of common sense, but there are some laws and regulations that are violated more frequently than others. Following is a listing of five common violations that crop up every hunting season.
Failure to Tag— Every big and trophy game license has a carcass coupon attached. And each license has the tagging instructions printed on the coupon. When the animal is killed, simply detach the tag from the license and date the kill by cutting out the entire wedge for the day and month. Sign the license and attach to the carcass before leaving the site of the kill. The coupon may be removed during transportation to prevent its loss, but it must be in possession of the person accompanying the carcass. Detaching, signing and dating the tag must all occur to comply with the tagging regulation. If any one of these is omitted, then a violation has occurred.
Shooting from a Vehicle— Simply put, it is illegal to shoot any wildlife except predatory animals from any motorized vehicle. This includes off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. To legally fire a weapon, a person must be out of the vehicle. Hunters holding a handicapped hunter permit are exempt from this requirement.
Shooting from a Road— It is illegal to shoot or attempt to kill any wildlife from any public road or highway. No person shall fire any firearm from, along or across any public road or highway. A public road is defined as any road that is publicly or privately maintained, but is open to vehicular travel by the public. The area between fences or the borrow pits and shoulders of unfenced public roads are considered part of the public road and are off limits to shooting. Unmaintained two track roads on public lands are not considered public roads.
Failure to Leave Evidence of Sex— Many Wyoming licenses require the taking of a specific sex of animal. There are also season dates in different hunt areas when only a specific sex of animal can be taken. To satisfy the requirement, the visible external sex organs or the head of the animal shall remain naturally attached to the animal as a whole or to an edible portion. It is not enough to simply have the detached head or sex organs. One or the other must remain attached to the carcass.
Trespass— Wyoming law states that no person shall enter private land to hunt, fish or trap without written permission from the landowner or person in charge of the property. The license must bear the signature of the landowner or agent of the landowner on whose property the hunting is taking place or legitimate proof that permission to hunt has been granted. It is the responsibility of hunters to know if the land is public or private. To assist in this, the Bureau of Land Management has maps showing public and private lands. Maps can be obtained from the BLM by calling (307) 775-6256. Many Wyoming sporting goods businesses also carry BLM maps for their local area.
Wyoming laws and regulations can be found in every set of regulations for each species. Persons with questions on these or any other Game and Fish laws and regulations can call (307) 777-4600 or any Game and Fish regional office.