New Hunting Regulations
Cokeville Meadows is open for hunting, be sure to read the regulations before going afield. Regulations were updated in 2016.
Cokeville Meadows NWR Hunting Regulations and Map 2016
Cooperative Effort for Wildlife
Cokeville Meadows NWR is a relatively new and growing Refuge with limited staff focused on working cooperatively with local ranchers.
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Cokeville Meadows NWR
Part of the Seedskadee Complex located along a stretch of the Bear River in western Wyoming, the refuge was established in 1992.
For the Birds
The refuge supports one of the highest densities of nesting waterfowl in Wyoming.
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According to a Sage Grouse Initiative brief: In the arid West, life follows water. Habitats near water – streamsides, wet meadows
and wetlands — support the greatest variety of animal and plant life, and attract wildlife during
their daily and seasonal movements. In a water-scarce landscape, these lush habitats are
also where people have naturally settled. A recent groundbreaking study reveals a strong link
between wet sites, which are essential summer habitat for sage grouse to raise their broods,
and the distribution of sage grouse breeding areas or leks. The authors found 85% of leks were
clustered within 6 miles of these wet summer habitats. Moreover, although wet habitats cover
less than 2% of the western landscape, more than 80% are located on private lands. This study
makes it clear that successful sage grouse conservation will greatly depend on cooperative
ventures with private landowners, ranchers and farmers to help sustain vital summer habitats.SGI: Science to Solutions full article
About the Complex
Seedskadee & Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of two National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Wyoming.
Cokeville Meadows is managed as part of the Seedskadee & Cokeville Meadows NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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The term “prescribed grazing” has been used to describe the use of grazing as a habitat management tool on National Wildlife Refuges. It refers to using livestock (cattle, sheep, etc.) for a habitat management purpose under a “prescription” that specifies the number and type of livestock, what length of time and what time of year, and the size of the area to be grazed. Grazing on a National Wildlife Refuge can only be used to maintain, restore, and/or enhance wildlife habitats. Since we do not own livestock, we work with neighboring livestock owners to conduct the grazing management.
To learn more, visit the Wildlife and Habitat section using the link below or the heading at the top of this page.Prescribed grazing as a habitat management tool at Seedskadee
Winter time at the refuge signals the return of the dark-eyed juncos. Check out juncoproject.org for interesting information on this curious, cute extrordinary bird. Through creation of a film, the project explores the remarkable diversification of junco groups. The widespread and common junco makes it a great candidate to illustrate the exciting biology happening in their own back yards. The Junco Project
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge has the largest breeding population of American Bitterns in the state of Wyoming.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Wilson's Phalarope, Cokeville Meadows NWR. Photo Credit K. Penner
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2017