Antler hunters will have to wait a couple more weeks to get into the Amsden Creek area near Dayton where elk herds winter.
Wildlife official Bud Stewart said the habitat management area will not be opening the first of next month, like in the past. He said the opening date has been postponed to May 17 because of heavy snowpack.
He said keeping the wildlife management area closed will be beneficial in the long-run, because the extended time will encourage the elk to continue to use the area.
He said the animals are still depending on the unit for forage and security. So, having people entering the area puts added stress on the animals during a difficult time of the year.
The wildlife habitat areas in the Sheridan Region were purchased largely with federal funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to information provided by the wildlife agency.
The primary purpose is to protect crucial habitat for the benefit of wildlife species, while providing extraordinary recreational opportunities for the public.