Sheridan -September 1st is the opening day for hunting mourning doves, sharp-tailed grouse, blue grouse, ruffed grouse, and small game.
If the weather stays warm into September bird hunters will have some success finding doves. The limit is 15 daily and 30 in possession. The 2013 season runs through Nov. 9, although most doves have migrated south before then.
Mourning dove hunters are reminded they need the federal Harvest Information Program or HIP permit in their possession while hunting. The permit is available on the Game and Fish website (http://gf.state.wy.us).
The 2013 “mountain” or blue and ruffed grouse hunting season runs from Sept. 1 through November 30. The limit of blue and ruffed grouse in combination is three daily and nine in possession.
Sharp-tailed grouse season opens Sept. 1 and closes Dec. 31 with a daily limit of three and a possession limit of nine. The sage-grouse season opens Sept. 21 in Area 4 in northeast Wyoming and closes Sept. 23. Sage grouse hunters can harvest two birds per day and possess four.
Chukar and gray partridge (Huns) can be hunted from Oct. 1, 2013, through Jan. 31, 2014. Chukar and gray partridge have separate limits for each species. For each bird a hunter can harvest a daily limit of five and possess 15.
Fall wild turkey season opens Oct. 1 in northeast Wyoming with the exception of Area 1 (the Black Hills) where the opening date is Nov. 1. Hunters can buy a “general turkey” license for Areas 1, 3, and 11. There are 250 limited quota Area 3 fall turkey licenses available for those that would like an opportunity to harvest an additional turkey.
Snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit, and red, fox and gray squirrel seasons open Sept. 1, 2013, and run through March 1, 2014. Hunters are reminded that they will need to purchase a 2014 license for small and upland game bird seasons that run into 2014.
“Upland bird and small game hunting present a wonderful opportunity to introduce kids to hunting,” says Warren Mischke, Sheridan regional information and education specialist. “Get permission on private land and have a safe time hunting this fall as you enjoy Wyoming’s outdoors.”