Adding more confirmation to the consensus that this winter was harder hitting than average, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks may delay opening of the Sun River Wildlife Management Area because elk are delayed in the deep snow. Sun River usually opens May 15th to allow in shed hunters, but with heavy snowpack some 600-800 elk are still in the management area. Westport News  has a write up on the possible delay.
The May 15 opening on the Sun River Wildlife Management Area is eagerly anticipated by antler collectors who in the past would camp out in anticipation of the midnight opening, then rushing in to collect the trophies left by the departing elk. The opening has been changed this year from midnight to noon on May 15.