It’s a source of frustration for many hunters.
They can see the land they want to hunt but don’t have legal access to get there.
That was the case in southwest Wyoming near the border with Idaho.
Specifically, there’s ample access to the eastern side of the Sublette Mountain Range but finding a way into the southern half of the western side was practically impossible.
Working in partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and others, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation assisted with the purchase of an access agreement on land that separates the Groo Canyon trail from U.S. Highway 30 north of Cokeville near the Wyoming-Idaho border.
The new, permanent public roadway easement and associated parking area now allows access across private ranchlands to lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management known as the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area as well as additional state and federal lands beyond that.
If you do the math, that means hunters, anglers and others now have access to more than 32,900 acres of previously difficult to reach public land.
Since the area is home to elk, deer, moose, mountain lions and black bears, the access agreement also helps game managers better attain population management objectives for wildlife species across the board.
Since 1984, RMEF and its partners opened or improved public access to more than 1.3 million acres of land. To learn more about projects like this, go to rmef.org.
To learn more about the access points of RMEF projects near you or your favorite hunting area, turn on the RMEF layer in the onX Hunt App.
Plus, use the code R-M-E-F when you sign up for your new onX subscription to receive a 20 percent discount, and a portion of the proceeds benefit RMEF’s mission.