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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 20:32

Wyoming Might be the Next Great Elk Destination

With the new gun laws in Colorado going into effect we at Shotem and Caughtem think many hunters might be turned away from the great sought after destination for Elk Hunting in protest.  With the looks of things Wyoming might find their hearts and wallets.  Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below and post photos of your elk hunt to the Shotem gallery and tell us your story.  



Favorable hunting conditions, long seasons, and a growing elk population allowed Wyoming hunters last year to post the highest elk harvest ever recorded in the Cowboy State.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s recently completed harvest survey revealed that 57,331 hunters harvested 26,385 elk for a 46 percent success rate.  This bested the previous high of 25,692 elk taken by hunters in 2010. Over the past 10 years, Wyoming hunters have averaged over 22,000 elk harvested annually with a hunter success rate of greater than 40 percent.

Local wardens and biologists, responding to increasing elk numbers, have increased season length—some seasons now go through January—and have increased the number of elk tags available to hunters and the number of elk an individual hunter can harvest.  In addition, Game and Fish has worked closely with landowners to provide additional public access, particularly for cow elk hunters, through the Private Land Public Wildlife Hunter Management Program, and through the Hunter Management and Access Program in the Meeteetse and Iron Mountain areas.

As Wyoming’s elk populations continue to thrive, Game and Fish plans to again offer expanded seasons and liberal quotas for the 2013 hunting season.  Hunters can learn about Game and Fish proposals for 2013 hunting seasons at numerous public meetings statewide in March.  Meeting dates and locations are listed on the Game and Fish website: wgfd.wyo.gov.