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 pronghorn populations being higher than desired in some areas. 2009 pronghorn 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.
To address high deer numbers, 3,000 licenses for doe or fawn deer are being issued in hunt area 24 near Sheridan. This season begins September 1st and lasts until December 20th. Hunters will be able to harvest up to four doe or fawn deer. Game and Fish Information Specialist Warren Mischke said that the this is a great opportunity for new and experienced hunters to put meat on the table, and at the same time, help landowners reduce high deer numbers.
Pronghorn numbers are also increasing in the Sheridan Region with some areas offering two any antelope type 1 tags and up to four doe/fawn licenses. Most pronghorn hunting is on private land or intermingled public and private land. Therefore, obtaining permission from landowners is essential. For information on the extra licenses, you can contact the Sheridan Region Game and Fish office at 672-7418.