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Old 02-05-2012, 07:58 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

Another point that usually gets overlooked is that you can not use any part of the vehicle as a rest for big game. You are allowed to use the vehicle for a rest for coyotes but prairie dogs and ground squirrels are not allowed??? The couple of game wardens that have caught me shooting prairie dogs off the hood have just commented on it but not cited.
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what constitutes shooting "from" a vehicle. I have been told by wardens and enforcement specialists that "from" is essentially from within the confines of a vehicle. Can't shoot from the bed of a pickup, out of a window, etc. However, one can exit the vehicle and use the vehicle for support. That is also what the G&F folks have been telling the hunter safety classes.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:22 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

Thanks for clearing that point up Ankeny. Maybe a hunters safty class would be a good idea
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:59 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

Some pretty good information shared here already. Just to clarify some things I have experience with. You can still apply for and have a CCW permit, but it is not required to carry concealed in WY as long as you can legally purchase and own firearms.

I have been stopped several times either by state patrol/sheriff or GW and have never even been asked if my gun was loaded. Driving to the hunt area the rifles are usually cased and unloaded, once actually hunting they are stuffed in the seat and mags are loaded.

As to a previous statement regarding bobcats as predators and spotlighting, they may be predators in the biological sense, but they are classified as furbearers by the G&F, not predators, hence the no spotlighting.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:23 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

Post 12 contains the requirements for carrying concealed without a permit. Remember folks, carrying without a permit is for residents. If you are a non-resident you still have to possess a permit from a reciprocal state.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:16 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

I'm not really worried about shooting from my vehicle, more so about carrying a loaded, uncased rifle during the hunt as we are driving around. I have no plans to shoot from the vehicle.

Sounds like I am OK to have a loaded, uncased rifle. 2 of the 3 guys I am going with all have the carry permit here in IA, which WY does recognize in a reciprocity agreement.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:15 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

Originally Posted by dk17hmr View Post
I want to say the concealed carry law only applies to residents. Non residents can carry concealed if they have a valid permit.

As for loaded in the truck, go for it. When I am running the desert/coyote hunting I have my AR15 (short rifle) ready to roll wedged between the seats muzzle down.

Last winter a high school girl ran into the back of my truck infront of my house, when the officer got here I told him I have a Michigan concealed weapons permint, he asked if I had a gun on me, I didnt but told him there were several loaded in the truck. His response was "Son this is Wyoming everyone has a gun in thier truck and next time I see you, you better have your pistol on you or your getting a ticket"

Just dont shoot from the truck, leave beer bottles everywhere, or cross country to much and you will be fine.
Non residents can only conceal carry if the state that issued their permit has a recipricosity agreement with Wyoming. A lot of states do, but CA isn't one of them and there are plenty others that I can't name off the top of my head.

As for carrying a gun in the truck, all my guns have shells in the magazine all the time unless I am cleaning them. Not an issue with game and fish.

Many years ago I was hunting deer in N. California, we had started a drive and one of my friends shot and yelled out he had a cripple. I ran back up to my 4 wheeler and road down the road 100 yards to try and help him out and there stood two game wardens. OOPs I forgot to pull the shell out of the chamber of my model 700 7mm. Game warden came up to me first as a bunch of the other guys in my hunting party showed up and when the game warden asked me to check my gun I said sure until I went to open the bolt, safety on bolt locked. I got a citation for having a loaded weapon in a vehicle and he went so far as to write the license number of my truck on the citation. I was on a 4 wheeler. I had to go to court and the judge asks me how I plead and if I want counsel to represent me. I plead guilty and he warns me that I could be sentenced to 6 months in jail! In CA this is a misdemeanor crime!

Safety dictates you don't have a loaded gun in a truck, but you are safe in Wyoming with shells in the magazine unless you need them in the chamber because you just got chased into your truck by a grizzly( it happened to me)

Keep in mind that Wyoming game and fish changed a specific part of the law as far as shooting off of publicly maintained roads. You now need to be 25 feet on the other side of a right a way fence or twenty five feet from the borrow pit on the edge of the road. This change in law is because a savy hunter beat them in court while shooting from the right a way fence because he claimed the end of the barrel of his rifle was on the other side of the fence. So, they changed the rules.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:11 PM
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Re: WY Rules on rifles in vehicles

You now need to be 25 feet on the other side of a right a way fence or twenty five feet from the borrow pit on the edge of the road.
Can you give me a reference on that change? I just read Title 23 Article 3 and the wording is the same as before. Thanks.
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