CASPER, Wyo. — Shed antler and horn hunting season is set to close Jan. 1 “for many sections of public land, state land and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission wildlife habitat management areas throughout Wyoming.”
“The closures help protect wintering big game by limiting stress so they can better survive the coldest and snowiest months,” the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says.
Collecting antlers or horns shed by big game animals will be prohibited until April 30.
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The prohibition will affect the following areas west of the Continental Divide:
- public land, such as U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands
- Wyoming Game and Fish Commission owned or administered lands (with the exception of the Great Divide Basin)
- state lands
“The current shed antler regulation was authorized by the Wyoming Legislature and adopted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission in 2009 to minimize the increasing disturbance to big game on winter and spring ranges by antler hunters,” said Scott Edberg, Game and Fish Department deputy chief of wildlife. “It’s very important for the survival of our big game animals that they do not experience undue stress during the winter months.”
People with questions about specific closure information can contact the Game and Fish’s Green River, Pinedale and Jackson regional offices.
“To report shed antler or horn collection violations call the STOP Poaching Hotline at 1-877-943-3847 (1-877-WGFD-TIP) or text keyword WGFD and message to TIP411 (847-411),” Game and Fish adds. “Violations may also be reported online at the Game and Fish website.”