Hunters will have lots of opportunity to hunt this fall in northeast Wyoming. Mild winters combined with good fawn production has resulted in white-tailed deer and antelope populations being higher than desired in some areas.
2012 antelope and white-tailed deer seasons are designed to reduce these populations. When the population of big game animals exceeds recommended numbers, they can damage available habitat and livestock forage. High populations also pose an increased hazard to vehicles.
There is no limit on the number of reduced price doe/fawn deer licenses that each hunter can purchase for hunt areas 24, 27, 29, 30, and 33 located along the eastern foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. If a hunter really enjoys venison this is a great opportunity to fill the freezer.
Check deer regulations for dates and the total quotas for each area. For example 3,000 licenses for doe or fawn deer are being issued in hunt area 24 near Sheridan. This season begins Sept. 1 and lasts until Dec. 16.
"This is a great opportunity for new and experienced hunters to experience hunting and actively participate in deer population management,” said Sheridan Regional Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert. “Reducing the number of whitetails in the Sheridan area is essential for the health of the land and the health of the deer herds. Hunters play an invaluable role in this process.” Private land and rural subdivisions means that hunting access takes a bit of planning in some of the best whitetail range near Sheridan, Big Horn, and Buffalo.
Antelope numbers are also at high levels in the Sheridan Region with some areas offering two, any antelope (type 1) tags and up to four doe/fawn licenses. Most antelope and doe/fawn deer hunting is on private land or intermingled public and private land. Therefore, obtaining permission from landowners is essential.
A list of available licenses is posted on the Wyoming Game & Fish Dept. website at
Licenses are available for purchase at local license selling agents.
For more information call the Sheridan Regional Office at 672-7418.