Wyoming Game and Fish are reducing the number of antelope licenses for the 2021 Hunting Season
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Game and Fish are reducing the number of antelope licenses available for the 2021 hunting season in hopes of increasing the antelope population.
Drought conditions combined with the massive March winter storm was hard on pronghorn herds in Wyoming.
“We believe that offering some conservative hunting seasons proposals this year will help each of those herds stabilize, and allow pronghorn populations to bounce back,” said Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer for Wyoming Game and Fish.
They are reducing the “any antelope” license by 3,650 and “doe/fawn” license by 5,775. DiRienzo said this is effective to the majority of antelope in the state, so it will be a noticeable decrease for most hunters.
“We think that these reductions will really help pronghorns stabilize, but what this means for hunters is less licenses will be available, so they might see a shakeup in their drawing odds. Some areas that maybe people have been drawing every single year will be more challenging to get a license in,” said DiRienzo.
However, DiRienzo said this will pay off.
Almost 98% of does have twins every year; so with a favorable season, the population could be increased by 30%. This would help stabilizing the wildlife population for years to come.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will gather in Jackson for a meeting April 19-22, and will also be streamed online for those who want to give feedback about the proposal.
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