I didn't know Rob was a CC now! I went before the Commission at a meeting a number of years ago when a friend from Worland and I were contesting a land swap that Lewton was making with the BLM. The BLM paperwork said the CC was in favor of it and when we went before the Commission about it we found out they didn't even know what was going on and they ended up writing a letter to the BLM telling them to take that statement from the BLM paperwork because it was false. We ended up appealing that swap all the way to Washington, DC and won the case before the Judge it was assigned to. While it was being heard the rotten SOBs down in Cheyenne went ahead and illegally swapped it and we found out that everything had been signed off on the deeds at the Courthouse in Worland. The Judge wrote the BLM head guy in Cheyenne by the name of Bennett a letter really chastizing him for doing that in violation of Federal regulations, but in a letter he wrote to us he apologized for the swap and said he didn't have the authority to reverse what had been done and we'd have to take legal steps through the Federal courts to try and reverse it. There was no way we were going to spend a fortune doing that, so Lewton got more great land over by the French V and gave the public some shit land over by the Powder River campground the BLM maintains on Hazelton Road. That was back when John Dent, who has acerage down by Orchards, was a Commissioner and I found him to be a very nice guy and one of many who didn't care for Chuck Lewton at all. He dropped off the CC some time ago, but was still in very good health for his age when I ran into him out there this season.
After reading this thread all I can say is WOW!!!!!!! I thought I was loosing my mind from my experiences but now I know Im not the only one.
This past fall I got ran off a piece of state land 2 days prior to season, the local rancher told me I was trespassing. After I explained that those state signs were in fact WY state signs he then proceeded to tell me no hunting allowed, I then reminded him I was not hunting that I was in fact looking at a potential access point. I offered to call the sheriff for him if he felt inclined, but he got mad and stomped off. I never accessed through that section because I was afraid he might vandalize my truck, so in a sense he won. I personally think someone doing that should face hunter harrasment charges or something.
The kings men you know.......
Do as we say.
Money is the root of all evil and I think the start is to outlaw guided hunts.
Wow I've been collecting points in Wyoming for antelope and now I'm wondering if I get drawn am I gona wind up in a fist fight over hunting access!
Im a non-resident hunter to WY, with hopes of moving out there one day, and I can understand the whole migration of out of staters to the beautiful state, but I also understand how important nonresidents (hunters, hikers, vacationers, etc) are to a state like WY. People doing these types of things only make the problem worse, to me not much difference than a tress passer (both are wrong and are cheating, ignorance aside).
Oh well, I will continue to professionally voice my concerns, obey the laws, and spend thousands of $$ every year in WY hunting, hiking, and eating!