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Sep 16, 2012 - From staff reports

Agency talks new hunting rules

Simplifying and modernizing the legal firearm regulations and establishing a big game baiting regulation to help with harvest in developed areas highlight regulation proposals being discussed at public meetings through Oct. 4.

A meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Lander Game and Fish offices.

The agency is also proposing to update its regulation governing license agents for the first time in 11 years and finalize late migratory regulations.

"The 2012 Legislature provided the Game and Fish Commission the authority to regulate firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment for the taking of game animals and birds," said Mike Choma, Game and Fish law enforcement supervisor.

"This statutory change gives the commission more flexibility toward managing the take of game species," Choma said.

A new regulation would allow big game baiting only by special permit from the local game warden on private land in areas with problematic big game populations but where traditional hunting is dangerous or prohibited due to surrounding development.

Speaker discusses African trip

Phil Stombaugh recently returned from Guinea in West Africa and he will give an informative talk about his trip at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Riverton Branch Library.

Light refreshments will be available during his talk.

Stombaugh is a missionary affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is currently on tour with churches in the West.

Stombaugh will also be speaking at the Neighborhood Alliance Church in Riverton at 10 a.m. on Sept. 30.

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