Key Terms and Definitions in Wyoming Hunting Regulations

Essential Hunting Terms and Their Meanings

1. Hunter Supervision and Equipment

  • Accompanied by a Mentor: Requires a mentor's constant supervision, staying within sight and voice contact.
  • Aircraft: Refers to any flight-capable machine, including planes, helicopters, gliders, dirigibles, and UAVs.
  • Artificial Light or Lighting Device: Any human-made light or device that illuminates beyond its structure, or enhances night vision.

2. Animal Classification and Hunting Regulations

  • Antlered/Antlerless: Defines deer, elk, or moose based on visible antler growth. Antlered have visible antlers, while antlerless do not.
  • Bag Limit: The maximum number of specified animals a hunter can legally take.
  • Big Game Animal: Includes antelope, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, moose, and mountain goat.

3. Specific Animal Identification

  • Buck Antelope: Male antelope with visible horns and distinct cheek patches.
  • Calf/Cow: Refers to young and adult female elk or moose, respectively.
  • Doe/Fawn: Adult and young female antelope or deer.

4. Land and Wildlife Management

  • Approved Landfill or Incinerator: State-sanctioned facilities for disposing of animal carcasses.
  • Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.): A U.S. Department of the Interior agency responsible for land management.
  • Private/Public Land: Differentiates between lands owned privately and those accessible to the public.

5. Legal and Safety Considerations

  • Certificate of Competency in Firearms: A certification from an approved hunter safety course.
  • Mentor/Mentee: Defines roles in hunter education, where a mentor supervises a mentee, who lacks a firearms handling certificate.
  • Motorized Vehicle: Any vehicle powered by internal combustion or electric motors.

6. Hunting Specifics

  • Hunt Area: Designated geographic boundaries where specific hunting licenses are valid.
  • Limited Quota Licenses: Licenses with restricted numbers, valid only in certain areas or for specific species, sex, age, or weapon types.
  • Regular/Special Hunting Seasons: Define periods for hunting big game with specific weapons and in designated areas.

7. Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

  • Edible Portion of Big Game Animal: Specifies the parts of the animal considered consumable and legally required to be used.
  • Waste: Illegally leaving or allowing any consumable game part to spoil or become unfit for consumption.
  • Trophy Game Animal: Includes species like black bear, grizzly bear, mountain lion, and gray wolf in designated areas.
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