Wyoming tribe to begin off-reservation hunting following Supreme Court ruling

FORT WASHAKIE — A Wyoming tribe said Monday that it is planning to start allowing its citizens to hunt off-reservation, months after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirmed a different tribe’s treaty right to hunt outside of its reservation.

Pointing to rights guaranteed in an 1868 treaty, leaders of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe told the state Legislature’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations on Monday that the tribe was in the process of drafting rules to regulate hunting in Wyoming by tribal members outside of the Wind River Reservation.

While the tribe is still drafting its regulations and other details – such as when the hunts would start – leaders said the hunting would be tightly regulated, with an eye toward conservation and sustainability. For example, the tribe would only allow subsistence – and not sport – hunting.