YNP keeps free stock permits Yellowstone National Park will continue issuing free day ride permits to individuals who take stock on park trails this summer. Launched in 2017, the free permit system helps park managers understand where, when and how many stock users visit the park. Rangers may ask to see people’s permits during trail rides.

Overnight stock use is not allowed until July 1, and users must obtain a backcountry permit. Stock users must possess certification of a negative Coggins Test in the last 12 months for all equine stock entering Yellowstone.

Stock users can obtain their free permits on the park’s website or by calling the Central Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160.

Babe Force keeps it small

Jackson Hole Babe Force will not hold its regular “Trails 2 Tailgate” meetup series this summer in its traditional format.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will instead implement “T2T: Small Groups,” which seeks to provide recreational opportunities for women who want to recreate in groups of 5-6.

Each month, the organization will roll out a set of activities with a group leader and an activity. Women wanting to participate will need to sign up in advance. Group sizes are capped, and the events are RSVP only.

These events will run in the evening of the third Wednesday of each month, though additional offerings may pop up throughout the summer. In the days before the event, participants will hear from their group leader regarding the specifics of the meet up.

License draw posts Thursday

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will tentatively make draw results available for resident elk, deer and antelope as well as nonresident deer and antelope at 10 a.m. Thursday. Everyone who entered the draw will be able to check their results online. Licenses will be mailed to successful applicants by July 31.

Along with reviewing maps, hunters who are successful drawing a license also might need to purchase additional licenses and stamps. Each hunter needs a valid conservation stamp. Those planning to hunt in the special archery season need a special archery license and elk hunters planning to hunt on the National Elk Refuge need to apply for a National Elk Refuge permit.

Hunters born after Jan. 1, 1966 will need proof of hunter safety.

Applicants who are unsuccessful will have the license fee credit applied back to the credit card they used to apply. Refunded fees should be applied seven to 10 business days after Thursday. If applicants used a pre-paid card a refund check will be mailed in the name of the applicant.

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