November 17, 2016 Shadow of the Rockies, _Default

Partial Springer WHMA in WY Closed to Waterfowl Hunting

LARAMIE – Summer hail storms destroyed a corn field on the Springer Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) which resulted in an unfortunate situation. The field was not able to be harvested and is now considered as baited under federal waterfowl regulations. The field will be closed to waterfowl hunting until further notice.

Waterfowl hunting blinds 17, 18 and 19, south of county road 42 on the Springer WHMA, are temporarily closed until further notice. As per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act 10-day rule, “A baited area remains off limits to hunting for 10 days after all salt, grain or other feed has been completely removed. This rule recognizes that waterfowl will still be attracted to the same area even after the bait is gone.”
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is currently mitigating the situation and will advise the public once circumstances change. The closure affects only the corn field and hunting blinds 17, 18 and 19 on the Springer WHMA. Waterfowl hunting blinds on Bump Sullivan are not affected by this closure. Further information regarding federal waterfowl baiting regulations can be found at https:fws.gov/le/waterfowl-hunting-and-baiting