SHERIDAN — Hunters dropped in to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Monday evening to discuss proposed changes to hunting regulations for the upcoming 2019 season. Those in attendance were encouraged to submit handwritten comments that evening and until April 1.
In the March 2019 draft of the Sheridan Region hunting seasons, antelope saw no changes in Hunt Areas 10, 15 and 102. Hunt Area 109 Type 6 is projected to increase its doe or fawn antelope quota to 400 from 350 last season. Local deer areas 23 through 26 will also see minimal changes.
In areas 23 and 26, the any white-tailed deer quota is slated to increase from 150 to 250 this year. WGFD suggested removing the private land stipulations in Hunt Area 24 general tag season from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31, allowing all hunters to shoot antlered mule deer or any white-tailed deer.
Also in Hunt Area 24, proposed increases from 300 to 400 for any white-tailed deer from Nov. 1-30 and from 200 to 250 for any doe or fawn valid on private land from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15 were considered by hunters.
For elk hunt areas near Sheridan, only two changes were listed. In Hunt Area 37, Type 6, the season will potentially span from Sept. 15-30 instead of starting at the first of the month. This decreases time for cow or calf elk hunting off national forest lands.
Any elk in Hunt Area 38, Type 1 from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5 will potentially be increased from 350 to 400 quota.
Hunt area 38 for archery-only, any elk will potentially be increased from 200 to 250 from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. Moose in Hunt Area 1 will remain at a five for the quota, while Hunt Area 34 limited quota is projected to decrease from 10 to five for the Oct. 1-31 season.
The five-year antelope herd evaluation from 2014 to 2018 for private land showed around a 77 percent average satisfaction rate among hunters and landowners. In 2017, 72 percent of hunters were satisfied with pronghorn herds in the Leiter area. In 2018, WGFD estimates an 83 percent satisfaction rate for hunters and 43 percent for landowner satisfaction. No changes are proposed for the area for the 2019 hunting season for private landowners.
Comments can be hand delivered to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan office or mailed to Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wildlife Division, Attn: Regulations, 3030 Energy Lane, Casper, WY 82604, by April 1.