As a result of the Wyoming Legislature's decision last year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has the authority to develop regulations governing firearm cartridges and archery equipment used for the taking of big and trophy game animals as well as game birds.
One of the changes that became effective this year is that shotguns using double aught (00) - or larger buckshot - will now be legal for taking big or trophy game animals.
In a media release, Sheridan Regional Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert says there are areas near Big Horn, Story and Buffalo where landowners have asked for limited range alternatives to conventional firearms when it comes to white-tailed deer hunting.
To encourage the use of this new tool and educate hunters, Game and Fish will host a buckshot familiarization clinic at the Sheridan County Sportsman Gun Club range located at 89 Keystone Road on Saturday, June 22. Hunters will be asked to bring their own 12 gauge shotgun with an open choke or choke tubes and of course eye and ear protection. Game and Fish will provide ammunition and targets.
Groups of ten shooters will be asked to choose a one hour block between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. where they will be given an opportunity to learn about buckshot, try different brands of ammunition and fire their shotguns from different distances.
Hunters interested in participating are asked to reserve a to participate are asked to reserve a time on that date. For more information or to reserve a time, call the Sheridan Regional Office at 672-7418.