Game and Fish receives $700 donation to support Access Yes

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently recieved a $700 donation from the Cheyenne Field Archers to support the Access Yes program. The donation will provide 2,170 acres of access for hunting and fishing use.  A Wyoming Game and Fish photo

CHEYENNE, WYOMING (Jan. 15, 2020) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports that they recently received a $700 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program.

This donation comes from the Cheyenne Field Archers. 

Access Yes is a program that facilitates the partnership between private landowners, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and hunters and anglers to create free public hunting and fishing access on private land and inaccessible public land.

These include walk-in fishing and hunting areas, hunter management areas and other Game and Fish public access areas.

“The $700 from the Cheyenne Field Archers is a generous donation that will provide nearly 2,170 acres of access which has tremendous positive impacts for hunters and anglers in Wyoming,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish.

“This organization cares deeply about wildlife and we are grateful for their efforts to go the extra mile to ensure today’s resources are available for future generations.”

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Access Yes funds are only used to pay for access easements, not operating expenses of Game and Fish access programs.

Walk-in areas and hunter management areas funded by Access Yes provide hunting opportunities for big game, small game, wild turkey, upland game and migratory game birds. They also provide fishing opportunities throughout the state. 

“Each dollar donated to Access Yes equates to approximately 3.1 acres of public access. This donation helps every hunter and angler in Wyoming have increased access opportunities for years to come,” said Kelly Todd, Game and Fish’s Laramie regional access coordinator. “I join the director in offering my thanks and appreciation.”

Funds donated to Access Yes can only be utilized to provide landowner payments in exchange for sportsperson access.

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The public can support Access Yes through donations when purchasing a license, either online or from a license selling agent. For more information visit the Game and Fish public access page.

This year, Access Yes is celebrating 20 years of partnering with landowners to provide public access opportunities. Currently, there are 58 walk-in fishing areas, 331 walk-in hunting areas and 59 hunter management areas throughout Wyoming.

In 2019, donations provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands and 4,007 lake acres and 89 stream miles were provided for fishing.

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