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Significant hunting regulation changes proposed for hunt areas around Sheridan

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Hunters that pursue big game in the hunt areas around Sheridan may be interested in attending the Season Setting Open House that is scheduled for Monday, March 14 from 4-7 p.m. at the Game and Fish Regional Office. "We are proposing some significant changes to the hunting season structure for deer and elk in some hunt areas, particularly those areas west of Sheridan," Game and Fish Sheridan Wildlife Biologist Tim Thomas said. The open house on March 14 will provide the public an opportunity to learn about local wildlife populations, ask questions and visit with local Game and Fish biologists and game wardens about the proposed upcoming hunting seasons. "We really encourage sportsmen to take advantage of this open house to provide input," Thomas said. Proposed changes include: Areas 24 Deer: To reduce regulation complexity, the Game and Fish proposes closing the general license deer season on November 30 with no extension into December. Antlerless deer harvest in December will only be on Type 6 and Type 8 doe/fawn licenses. Area 25 Deer: Consider options for changing the deer season, with potential changes starting in 2017. Area 27 Deer: The Game and Fish proposes changing the general license deer season during October from ‘Any Deer’ to ‘Antlered Mule Deer or Any White-tailed Deer’. The agency also further proposes closing the general license deer season on November 30 with no extension into December. Antlerless white-tailed deer harvest in December will only be on Type 8 licenses. Area 37 Elk: The Game and Fish proposes eliminating the Type 6 September early cow elk season on national forest north of Wolf Creek Trail. This season is no longer meeting objectives. Cow elk hunting would still be allowed off national forest in September. Additionally, the agency proposes to close the Area 37 Elk Type 6 season on November 30. Implement an Area 37 Elk Type 7 cow/calf season December 1 – 31 off national forest. This season is intended to address damage issues on private lands with a limited number of hunters. This license type and season structure will be closely monitored to see if it addresses our goals. Area 38 Elk: Due to high elk numbers observed this year, the Game and Fish is proposing the Area 38 Type 4 license be valid in the entire area during the whole season. The agency will likely return to the traditional restriction on this license type in subsequent years. *Feature photo: h/t Josh Milek / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news