NORTH AMERICAN HUNTER NAMES SHERIDAN ONE OF THE TOP 10 MOUNTAIN TOWNS
North American Hunter Magazine | Fall 2014
By David Draper
Much like artists in resident at the nearby Ucross Ranch, hunters & anglers find inspiration in Sheridan, where Wyoming’s rugged plains run headlong into the face of the Bighorn Mountains. The small city sits in what town boosters like to call (without a wink) the state’s banana belt, and after driving along dry and dusty I-25, Sheridan does shimmer like an oasis of green and blue in all that brown. It also enjoys warmer overall temperatures and less snowfall than the rest of the Cowboy State. The high peaks of the Bighorns do gather plenty of water for the high alpine lakes in the Cloud Peak Wilderness and the trout-filled creeks and rivers, including nearby Little Tongue. Flat-water fisherman will find trout to 10 pounds in Lake DeSmet and Healy Reservoir. In September and October, hunters have an even harder choice to make – head up into the mountains for elk or venture on the prairie for pronghorn, muley and, yes, even white-tailed deer.
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New and seasoned Wyoming hunters alike, welcome to the Sheridan region where we have a hunting abundance! Our long and rich tradition boasts an abundance and diverse wildlife, drawing hunters and photographers alike. These prized hunting grounds are comprised of public and private lands, both integral to maintaining the myriad of species for which we are known: mule and white-tailed deer, elk, moose, AND black bear; Birds – pheasants, gray partridge, sharp-tailed grouse and sage grouse, blue grouse, turkeys.
Walk-in access areas continue to gain in popularity in northeast Wyoming. These hunting and fishing areas are identified with signs, and can be located by using maps found in an atlas, which is available at the regional office and license agents.
Private land hunting opportunities require planning ahead for access by arranging for landowners permission to hunt, fish or travel through private property. To make these arrangements before purchasing a license or for answers to questions concerning your experience, contact the Sheridan Regional Office at 307-672-7418 or 1-800-331-9834 within Wyoming.