There are hundreds of miles of roads to use when exploring public land in Wyoming. The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District reminds people that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motorized vehicle.
According to the BLM, a citation for driving a motorized vehicle off existing roads or in a closed area, can result in fines. Off-road driving can cause significant damage anytime, but spring soils are especially susceptible. The resulting damage can cause erosion and serious impacts to important wildlife habitat. Another factor to consider is personal safety, preventing the possibility of getting stranded on muddy or washed-out roads.
Each spring, visitors from throughout the state search for shed antlers on BLM-administered land in Wyoming. According to the BLM it is crucial that those visitors using motorized vehicles remain on existing roads. The BLM states that rangers will patrol popular shed hunting areas to ensure compliance with travel management rules and resource regulations. For more information related to Wyoming’s shed antler regulations visit: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/regulations#Collection-of-Shed-Antlers-and-Horns.
“Responsible shed-antler hunting is a great way to enjoy public land. Many people search for antlers on foot or horseback,” High Desert District Manager Tim Wakefield said. “However, those who leave roads on all-terrain vehicles or other motorized vehicles cause a serious amount of damage each spring.”
The BLM is asking that residents report anyone driving cross country off existing roads, by contacting your local BLM field office. For Sheridan and Johnson Counties, The Buffalo Field Office number is 684-1100. A vehicle description, license plate number, time and location will help with travel regulations enforcement.