Wyoming BHA's Commissioner's Tag and Gear Raffle.
Looming large in Southwestern Wyoming is Raymond Mountain. Within its range lies a large block of landlocked public land, including a 33,000 acre Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Study Area--thats the equivalent of 33,000 football fields sports fans.
Historically, this unit of the BLM managed System of Conservation Lands was nearly inaccessible to its heir apparent--the public.
Thanks to a generous donation from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation the Wyoming Game and Fish acquired a public access easement to the 33,000 acre Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA).
However, this easement through private lands will have infrastructure cost before it can be available. Visitor services are necessary to ensure protection of adjacent private and public easement resources. Fences need built, access roads need graveled, and trailhead infrastructure is necessary to provide sustainable access to the WSA.
Knowing BHA members and supporters, I know there is an untapped legion of backcountry badasses who value access to wild public land.
For $20 (that's less than a box of shells or tank of gas) you can contribute to America's enduring legacy of public land, water, and wildlife; while ensuring responsible access to a BLM Wilderness Study Area with native cutthroat trout and burgeoning big game populations.
Thanks to a generous donation by Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioner Gay Lynn Byrd, contributing to this project will also get you a chance to win a Wyoming Commissioner's Hunting License. If you win, you choose the species (elk, antelope, or deer) and the season. How about elk hunting in the world famous Red Desert? Maybe a slammer mule deer rutting and migrating out of the famous hoback herd?
But wait there is more…
While our grand prize winner will be adorned with a commissioner's tag the following prizes will be available to runners up:
- 2nd place: Life Membership to BHA sponsored by the Wyoming Chapter of BHA, includes caliber choice of a Weatherby First Lite Vanguard Rifle
- 3rd Place: First Lite Catalyst Jacket and Pants donated by First Lite
- 4th Place: Maven RF.1 range finder donated by Maven Optics
Raffle prices are as follows:
- 1 ticket: $20
- 5 tickets for: $100
- 15 tickets for: $200
- 50 tickets for: $500
This raffle will run until 3000 chances are sold or July 15 whichever comes first.
BHA Wyoming Leadership Team Members, BHA employees, and BHA National Board Members are not eligible for the Commissioner's Tag. Click here for more Commissioner Tag License Information.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAYMOND MOUNTAIN ACCESS PROJECT:
Wyoming BHA Board Member Jared Oakleaf and Wyoming Game and Fish Land Division Coordinator Brian Rognon presented on this project in the Summer of 2020. Watch the video presentation here.
The 33,000 acre Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) located within the Sublette Range has been identified by Wyoming Game and Fish Green River region personnel as the highest priority for acquiring hunter access in the region. This area is an important acquisition for public hunting access for elk, deer, moose, mountain lion, and bears for better population management. The Sublette Range is adjacent to the Idaho state line, and has been a special challenge managing local elk populations, due primarily to the limited public access. To help manage the expanding elk population, elk hunting has historically included late season elk hunts on the leased private ranch property, but additional hunter harvest is needed.
A private landowner has expressed an interest in allowing the WGFD to acquire a permanent public access easement and an associated parking area to the Groo Canyon trail, which would create the only public access to the southern half of the Raymond Mountain WSA. The basic idea described by the landowner would be the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission purchasing a fifteen (15) foot wide road easement along an existing two track as well as a parking area appropriately sized for trucks with horse trailers. This would provide back country horsemen and hikers a trail head to access the roughly thirty three thousand (33,000) acres of public land known as the Raymond Mountain WSA.