Wyoming Game and Fish Prepares for 2011/2012 Seasons

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The Cody Enterprise is running a two part series of articles about planned changes for the 2011/2012 hunting seasons. While most seasons will remain unchanged, elk season may see some significant changes and potential increased hunting opportunities.

Elsewhere, G&F is recommending an increase in cow tags in some hunt areas, with hopes of culling nonmigratory elk numbers, G&F biologist Doug McWhirter said. For example, there might be more cow tags issued for hunt areas 41,42,45 and 46, he said, adding that access to public land is good in those areas. Some season extensions also are being recommended, such as a cow season lasting until late December in hunt area 63, in the Gooseberry region. That extension might help reduce damage being done by elk congregating on private land, McWhirter said.


hunter25's picture

Since the other seasons will

Since the other seasons will not be changed this should not affect me much as I have never hunted elk in Wyoming only antelope so far. Maybe deer also in the future but that's it for now. You will never get anywhere just telling guys to not shoot the small ones because like Jaybe said you are afraid of losing out totally. And even if you do let them go it's likely some one else will get him anyway. The only way to build a trophy herd is to manage it that way but then you end up needing a decade worth of preference points to hunt them and the guys are still upset.

I'm just happy I get to hunt every year somewhere and as far as I'm concerned any elk is a trophy elk.

jaybe's picture

It's interesting that we keep

It's interesting that we keep seeing that phrase, "large predatory animals" as having an impact on the elk (and other) herds. It could be that the fish and game people are really seeing just how much damage these big flesh-eating machines can do. The next step is to get the federal wildlife agencies to see the same thing.

The article mentioned that hunters are pounding the ground all season and taking a raghorn bull, then "whining" about not being able to take a trophy bull. The answer they are given is, "let the young bull go and he will grow". On the one hand, that is true; but on the other hand, it's a hard thing to do. I guess if you are a resident and your license only cost you $75 bucks or so and you can drive to your hunting spot in a hour, you might feel that you could afford to end the season with your tag still in your pocket. But if you have paid $500-900 for a non resident tag and spent another $1,000 or more on getting out there and back, you might feel that you at least have to take some meat home to partially justify your expenses.

The good news in this issue is that there will be an increase in cow tags in some areas as well as some extensions of seasons in others. That will afford more hunting opportunites for some hunters. You can never please everyone, but this might at least be helpful to some.