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    Walk in area question

    When I was in Wyoming antelope hunting 2017 I hunted a couple walk in areas. We camped on a small piece of BLM that bordered the walk in area. The walk in area was open from lets say 9/01/2017 till 11/30/2017. We set up camp the evening two days prior to the opener on 10/15/2017. The day prior to season I did a little scouting on the walk in area. When I was talking to the warden latter he stated I was not allowed on the walk in area till season was open. This has been on my mind from the time he said that. Is what he told me correct? It stated open from 09/01/2017 till 11/30/2017.

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    Depending on the walk in area but I think most walk in areas you can not scout before opening day. If you go on the Wyoming Game and Fish website and look on the list of the particular walk in area you are going to hunt, they have walk in rules for that particular area that you can read.

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    Summary of Walk-In Area Rules
    For complete rules, see Chapter 23
    of the Wyoming Game and Fish Regulations
    A Walk-In Area (WIA) is a tract of private or state land on which the Wyoming Game and Fish Department
    has leased certain privileges for public hunting or fishing enjoyment. Please help keep these areas open
    each year by respecting the landowner, following the Walk-In Area rules, avoiding trespass on adjoining
    private lands, and by donating to Access Yes when you purchase your hunting or fishing licenses.
    Hunters or anglers are not required to seek permission from the landowner directly as long as they are
    hunting approved species during the access period as shown in the access table for that Walk-In Area. All
    WIAs have signs posted to mark the boundaries.
    Unless explicitly stated otherwise in the access table or detailed stipulations for a certain WIA, the
    following regulations apply to all private and state lands enrolled in the Walk-In Area Program:
     Walk-in Areas are private property and only landowners may allow other activities such as
    trapping, collection of shed antlers or horns, photography, recreational hiking/biking, etc.
     Access is limited to individual access for hunting and does not include access for any commercial
    activity, including outfitting of hunters.
     No pre-season scouting or access outside the dates in the access table.
     Only hunt the species that are listed on the Walk-in table for the specific Walk-in Area. WIAs may
    be enrolled for hunting and/or fishing. Check the appropriate “hunting” or “fishing” online table for
    the appropriate access information.
     Motorized vehicles and recreational livestock/horse use are prohibited (some WIAs may have
    exceptions, please see each access table).
     No construction of blinds, pits or other structures, including “pop-up” blinds.
     No camping.
     No fires or possession of lighted smoking materials outside your vehicle.
     Do not litter. Please pack out all trash (including spent shotgun shells or hulls).
     No shooting within 100 yards of buildings and livestock.
     Deposit landowner coupons for big game animals harvested on deeded land into provided drop
    boxes or mail to the landowner.
     Hunters are required to purchase a Pheasant Management Stamp to hunt pheasants on Walk-In
    Areas in counties where pheasants are stocked. See current pheasant regulations for more
    information.
     All other state and local laws apply. Species may only be hunted during open seasons according to
    Game and Fish Commission Regulations.
    Important definitions for access areas explicitly allowing the use of motorized vehicles:
    An Established Road is defined as “any road or trail which has been graded or constructed to carry motor
    vehicles or on which repeated motor vehicle traffic has created well-defined tracks.”
    A Designated Road is defined as “only established roads marked as open by a white arrow sign.”

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    This is about as clear as mud. Is it pre-season scouting if it is with in the dates in the access table.

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    I will do my best to clarify, the area in question may have been open for another species. For instance some form or fashion of bird may have been available to hunt, so it would have been open at that point. Loop holes galore with this but that would be my assumption.
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    I hunt grouse in walk-in areas that are also open for antelope. I can't scout for antelope prior to the season, but I can carry a shotgun and a game bird license while making a mental note of where I see antelope.

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    Another situations to look out for is where the BLM s part of the walk in area. Sometimes the BLM falls under the walk in rules depending on the situation. I have run into this on a few occasions.
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    Before I knew what hunter management areas were I was asked to leave BLM land as it was inside a hunter management area which required permission. All I had were blm maps at the time.
    Easy to get the permission but slowed me down 4 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtm307 View Post
    I hunt grouse in walk-in areas that are also open for antelope. I can't scout for antelope prior to the season, but I can carry a shotgun and a game bird license while making a mental note of where I see antelope.
    I wonder if you can do the same thing with a small game license for coyotes?

 

 
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