Cheyenne, Wyo. February 4, 2020 (RELEASE from WGFD) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $6,500 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program. This donation comes from the Goshen County Rooster Boosters.
Access Yes is a program that facilitates the partnership between private landowners, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and hunters and anglers to create free public hunting and fishing access on private land and inaccessible public land. These include walk-in fishing and hunting areas, hunter management areas and other Game and Fish public access areas.
“The $6,500 from the Goshen County Rooster Boosters is an extremely generous donation that will provide over 20,000 acres of access which has tremendous positive impacts for hunters and anglers in Wyoming,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish. “This organization cares deeply about wildlife and we are grateful for their efforts to go the extra mile to ensure today’s resources are available for future generations.”
The Goshen County Rooster Boosters are regular donors to Access Yes. In 2019, the group donated a total of $8,000.
Access Yes funds are only used to pay for access easements, not operating expenses of Game and Fish access programs. Walk-in areas and hunter management areas funded by Access Yes provide hunting opportunities for big game, small game, wild turkey, upland game and migratory game birds. They also provide fishing opportunities throughout the state.
“Each dollar donated to Access Yes equates to approximately 3.1 acres of public access. This donation helps every hunter and angler in Wyoming have increased access opportunities for years to come,” said Kelly Todd, Laramie regional access coordinator. “I join the director in offering my thanks and appreciation.”
The public can support Access Yes through donations when purchasing a license, either online or from a license selling agent. For more information please visit the Game and Fish public access page.
Access Yes is celebrating 20 years of partnering with landowners to provide public hunting and fishing access opportunities. Currently there are 58 walk-in fishing areas, 331 walk-in hunting areas and 59 hunter management areas throughout Wyoming. In 2019, department funding and private donations provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands and 4,007 lake acres and 89 stream miles were provided for fishing.