Aerial Mule Deer Count in South Lander Region began today

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be conducting annual mule deer classifications in the South Wind River herd unit near Lander (Hunt Areas 92, 94, and 160) between Nov 17 – 25. Lander area residents in rural communities or sub-divisions may see personnel conducting these helicopter flights in quick “fly-overs” as mule deer are counted. Of course, every precaution will be taken to avoid disturbance(s) to people and livestock. These flights are an essential component of Game and Fish's big game management program. They are conducted so we can count and categorize (that is classify) animals as bucks, does, or fawns. These counts and “classifications” are essential data that allow the Department to estimate the number of mule deer in a population. Of course then this information is used to develop wildlife management strategies, including hunting seasons, to best conserve mule deer and manage them towards the desired population’s objective. [image: Inline image 1] [image: Inline image 2] Feature Photo: Brad Hovinga in Helicopter and other photos: WGFD /