The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hosting a free shotgun shooting class this weekend that has a real-world application to Sheridan County Hunters.
The Wyoming Legislature and Game and Fish Commission have recently legalized the use of 00 or larger buckshot to hunt big game and trophy animals. Joe Gilbert, Sheridan Regional Wildlife Supervisor with the Game and Fish, says the legislation was proposed to allow safe hunting in rural, but residential areas. He said many landowners in Sheridan County don't allow hunting on their land because if a hunter misses their shot, the bullet could go on to be a danger to houses or livestock nearby. The shotgun has a more limited range, which could alleviate some of those concerns.
Sportsmen not accustomed to the idea of deer hunting with a shotgun are suspicious the buckshot might ruin the kill. Gilbert says the key to hunting big game with a shotgun is to take a well-aimed, close shot.
The Game and Fish is hosting a free clinic this weekend for hunters interested in the prospect of using their trusty old shotguns for a new type of harvest. Groups of 10 shooters can sign up for a one-hour time block Saturday to test out different types of ammunition. Hunters should bring their own guns, but the Game and Fish will provide the ammo and targets.
Hunters who want to participate need to sign up by calling the Sheridan Regional Office at 672-7418.