Thriving Deer Herd Boosts Hunting Opportunities

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Game and Fish officials say thriving white-tailed deer and antelope populations make for good hunting opportunities this fall, especially in the northeastern part of the state.

This year's hunting seasons have been designed to reduce the populations because mild winters combined with good fawn production have produced higher than desired numbers in some areas.

According to a release from the Game and Fish office in Sheridan, big game animals can damage available habitat and livestock forage when the population exceeds recommended numbers. High populations also pose an increased hazard to drivers on the road.

Consequently, there is no limit on the number of reduced price doe/fawn white-tailed deer licenses that each hunter can purchase for several hunt areas located along the eastern foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.

So, if a hunter really enjoys venison, wildlife officials say this is a great opportunity to fill the freezer.

They do, however, suggest checking deer regulations for dates and total quotas for each hunt area before heading out. The season runs through December 15.

For more information, call the local Game and Fish office at 672-7418; or go online to wgfd.wyo.gov.

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