Winter weather forces changes to Wyoming’s fall hunting seasons
As winter weather continues to impact wildlife across the West, wildlife managers in Wyoming are adjusting hunting season proposals for big game in the southern, central and western portions of the state. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) presented the proposed changes in public meetings last month, according to a press release.
The changes take into account forage availability, disease prevalence and winter mortality. As GOHUNT has previously reported, winter is hitting wildlife hard this year and states have had to euthanize animals succumbing to starvation and offer supplemental feeding stations to help others survive.
“As we have seen this week, we are still experiencing extreme winter conditions and significant wildlife mortality in many areas of the state,” said Rick King, WGFD chief game warden. “The department may make additional regulation changes for the Commission's considerations up until the time we present them. Our 2023 season proposals will reflect a very conservative approach.”
The new draft regulations will be posted online and presented to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission during the season-setting meeting on April 18. The public can attend this meeting, which will be held online and in-person in Casper.
Initial season proposals were presented during public meetings around the state in March. After considering the ongoing impacts of winter and the overwhelming public concern, wildlife managers modified their recommendations in areas with extreme winter mortality.
Modifications are highlighted in yellow in the draft regulations below:
- Chapter 2, General Hunting Regulation
- Chapter 5, Antelope Hunting Seasons
- Chapter 6, Deer Hunting
- Chapter 7, Elk Hunting
- Chapter 8, Moose Hunting
- Chapter 9, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Hunting Seasons
- Chapter 11, Upland Game Bird and Small Game Hunting Seasons
- Chapter 14, Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons and Light Goose Conservation Order
- Chapter 15, Wild Bison Recreational Hunting Season
- Chapter 20, 2023 Fall and 2024 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Seasons