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Wyoming Game and Fish Commission acquires ranch, passes regulations during most recent meeting

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has recently approved the acquisition of the Ellis Ranch Property in Johnson and Washakie Counties, intending to use it as a wildlife habitat management area.

During its November meeting in Rock Springs, the commission approved the acquisition of 2,680 deed acres along with additional access to 1,280 acres of Bureau of Land Management land.

In a release, Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik said, “Maintaining and expanding access for hunting and fishing is a top priority for Game and Fish. This property not only provides the public with access to previously landlocked, federal land, but it also allows us to effectively manage big game in the area.” 

The commission also voted to approve two regulations after consideration of public input:

  • Chapter 44: Regulation for issuance of licenses, permits, stamps, tags, preference points, and competitive raffle chances.
  • Chapter 60: Regulation governing greater sage-grouse raised on private game bird farms

Game and Fish then presented a draft proposal identifying nonresident general elk license regions and quotas.

A full recording of the commission meeting is available online. The next commission meeting will take place Jan. 11–12 in Cheyenne.