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RESERVATION DATE : The final deadline for reserving an ad is Sept. 1, 2019. The balance of your ad will be due by Sept. 15, 2019. 

MATERIALS DATE: All ad material will be due November 1, 2019. 

TO RESERVE AN AD: Please contact Laurie Marcovitz, Administrator at 307-265-2376 or mail the order form to the WYOGA office. A down payment is requested at the time of reserving your ad. VISA/Mastercard is accepted for phone orders. Please make your checks payable to WYOGA. 

IMPORTANT: GUIDELINES FOR ADVERTISING IN WYOMING OUTDOORS: 

• Pictures and advertisements must pertain strictly to Wyoming outfitted activities. 

• Promoting hunting in states other than Wyoming is prohibited. 

Outfitter Bios: Bios were emailed to each member. Please review and let Laurie know if you have revisions or if you approve. Also, if you would like to include your logo, please email a PDF of your logo to the office and Laurie will make sure it’s included. There is no charge for this. 

Wyoming Outdoors has a Full Circulation 100,000 copies.

 

The 2019 Big Game Awards for animals harvested in 2018 are now posted on www.wyoga.org and our Facebook page. Congratulatory letters to your hunters will be mailed today. Congratulations to all the WINNERS!!! 

 

The NEW and IMPROVED WYOGA website launched on Friday, July 12th!! Thank you to Anita Hill, AJ Outfitters and WYOGA webmaster for her hard work and talent at re-designing it. Please visit the website at wyoga.org. 

The website was updated to include the Wyoming Outdoors publication which is in digital format and can be viewed on most mobile devises (smart phones, tablets, etc.). The updated website has links to our social media feeds (Facebook and Instagram). The great features that you have grown accustomed to have remained. We invite you to review it. If you have suggestions, questions or additions, please let us know. Over the next few months, we will continue to grow the site and add new content and features. We hope that you will find it informative and user friendly.

In June TRW met in Gillette for a meeting focused primarily on gambling. They did receive an update from the Wyoming Game and Fish on chronic wasting disease and wildlife harassment while the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office gave an update on the Herrera case.  The Supreme Court’s mandate for the case was issued last Friday. The State of Wyoming filled a status conference motion in Wyoming district court of Monday. They wanted to be clear that the misdemeanor poaching conviction against Hererra has not been vacated. Wyoming views ag leases on the national forest as occupation and will work that angle in district court. They made clear that this is a long way from over and that the Supreme Court did recognize Wyoming’s right to conserve the resource through season setting. Wyoming Department of Tourism presented their latest campaign and tourism numbers. Noticeably absent was any reference to hinting in the section on outdoor recreation. Reliable and predictable funding sources for search and rescue operations were the final areas of discussion.

Revenue met in early July to discuss tax policy. No areas of specific concern to outfitting were discussed but we need to be aware that the legislature may consider a three-cent fuel tax increase.

State Senator Brian Boner is also working a bill in the Agriculture Committee that would impose a four dollar fee on out of state licenses to pay for predator management. I and the board will be providing Sen. Boner with input as he drafts the bill.

Bill Novotny was joined in Thermopolis by Budd Betts and Jeff Smith for the initial discussion on licensure of fishing guides. TRW will also receive an update on the preference points system during this meeting.

WYOGA’s 2019 Annual Winter Retreat will be held:

Friday, December 6, 2019

Board of Directors Meeting: 8:00am-10:00am

General Membership Meeting: 10:00am-5:00pm

Lunch and dinner will be served.

Invitations will be mailed in November with additional information.

In May U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Brian Ferebee approved a plan to allow chainsaws to clear trails in the Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness areas in Colorado. This was a “trial” program designed to, hopefully, expand chainsaw use throughout Region 2 and then perhaps nation-wide.

Almost immediately Wilderness Watch and two other environmental groups filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the Forest Service in Federal District Court. Then, in a further move, Ferebee withdrew his plan citing the abnormally high snowpack in southwest Colorado and the inability to clear trails in a timely manner due to these conditions.

WYOGA remains firmly in support of opening up and keeping open Wilderness trails responsibly and safely using chainsaws. This issue could be a long and drawn-out one. We will continue to keep you informed along the way.

The non-resident elk application period and draw dates were changed and voted on at the July 18th commission meeting in Rock Springs. The non-resident application period will remain January 1-31. The non -residents will be able to modify or withdraw their application through May 8th. The draw results are anticipated to be released the third Thursday in May, a week before the application deadline for Deer and Antelope.

WYOGA worked hard to keep the application deadline for Elk to remain in January. It was apparent that the commission wanted to allow non-resident applicants the opportunity to withdraw or modify their applications after the seasons were set at the April commission meeting. We lobbied the commissioners via email and personal phone calls ahead of the meeting and were able to keep the January deadline.

A huge thank you to the following WYOGA members who attended the commission meeting: Sy Gilliland, President, Jeff Smith, Past President, Jim Schell, WYOGA Member, Todd Stevie, Past President, Tyler Sims, Board Member and Nycole Pollard, Voting Guide Member

CHEYENNE, Wyo.– Governor Gordon today announced that eight Wyoming residents have been named to his newly created Migration Corridor Advisory Group. The group will be tasked with developing recommendations to improve the state’s policies related to big game migration on lands that are also suitable for mineral development. “I want to thank these individuals for volunteering their time to help protect our state’s wildlife while supporting strong energy and agriculture industries,” Governor Gordon said.

Wyoming’s major migration corridors are among the longest in North America and are essential to the health of mule deer. The routes also overlap public lands where there are key, existing opportunities for oil, gas and other mineral resource development, as well as agricultural operations.

The group includes representatives from the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner. The goal is for the group members to collaboratively develop recommendations in the next three months. The meeting schedule is as follows:

June 27-28 in Rock Springs. Rock Springs Library, in the Ferrero Room, 400 C. Street.

July 8-9 in Lander. The Inn at Lander in the combined Wind River and Fremont rooms. 260 Grand View Drive. Meeting 8-5pm both days.

August 12-13 in Pinedale. Pinedale BLM Office (1625 Pine Street, Pinedale). Meetings are 8-5 both days. 

All meetings are open to the public.

Specific times and locations will be available on the Governor’s Public schedule. 

 

Advisory group members are:

John Espy - for counties (Carbon County)

Kathy Lichtendal - for conservation (Park County)

Maxwell R. Ludington - for recreation (Teton County)

Mike Schmid - for the Game and Fish Commissioners (Lincoln County)

Dan Stanton - for sportsperson’s groups (Sweetwater County)

Marty Stearns - for mining (Sweetwater County)

Marissa Taylor - for agriculture (Uinta County)

Kevin Williams - for oil and gas (Sublette County)

Sy Gilliland, President attended the POGA Workshop in British Columbia, July 8-12.  POGA is comprised of outfitter/guide associations from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming.  This workshop was paid for by SCI. A summary of the workshop will be emailed to you at a later date. 



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Wyoming Outfitters & Guides Association
P.O. Box 2650, Casper, WY 82602
307.265.2376
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