Hunting season dates and catch limit fluctuations mirror various yearly changes including the weather. This winter's heavy snows have meant high mortality for some big game in parts of the state.

Robin Kepple, for the Casper Game and Fish Field offices, says the annual season-setting meetings are coming up next week and the public are encouraged to participate in the process.

"The Wildlife of Wyoming belong to the public of Wyoming and we want folks to come out...we have the seasons we set them a certain way for certain reasons and we want to hear what people think about this we want to hear your comments, your suggestions. Come on down see what we're doing, see why we're doing it and learn a little more about how your wildlife is managed."

Big and small game, game birds, water fowl and bison are all under consideration.  Public comment is an important part of the process. Kepple says comments will be taken until April 1st.

The first meetings happen in Sundance and Newcastle :  In Sundance, 4-6 p.m., March 22nd, in the jury room of the Crook County Courthouse and in  Newcastle, March 22nd, 7-9 p.m. at the USDA Forest Service office.

On  Wednesday, March 23rd in Lusk at the Niobrara County Courthouse.

In  Douglas,  4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24th at the Converse County Courthouse.

In Casper from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 29th  at the Casper Game and Fish office, 3030 Energy Lane.

Written comments can be  mail  to:

Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Attn: Regulations 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604.

Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, April 1st and will be presented to the Game and Fish Commission prior to their hearing at their April 27-28 meeting in Casper.