Antelope Hunting

 
Hunting / Hunting Guide / Antelope Hunting

Throughout Wyoming pronghorn hunters can expect to see lots of hearty, healthy animals. Hunter success is predicted to be high statewide, so the question might not be “if” you harvest, but rather “which one” you choose.

Justin Binfet, Casper region wildlife management coordinator, reports in the Casper area pronghorn populations continue to rebound. “With four consecutive years of herd growth, hunters will experience noticeably increased antelope densities,” Binfet said. “However, antelope numbers remain below management goals in a few areas where they’ve been slower to rebound, particularly in Hunt Area 30.”  
In the Cody and Green River regions, hunters will generally find more hunting opportunities than in previous years, especially near Cody where pronghorn numbers are the highest they’ve been in the last decade. The Jackson and Laramie areas also report higher-than-normal numbers and good body conditions thanks to a mild-winter.

Lander area pronghorn also benefited from a mild winter and increased moisture from the past several years. “Mature buck ratios vary throughout the region, but are still good, and hunters drawing a license should expect good to excellent harvest success,” said Daryl Lutz, Lander region wildlife coordinator.
In the Pinedale area, population estimates are still below average for the Sublette Antelope Herd that includes hunt areas 87-91. Because of conservative license allocations, though, hunters can expect high success rates and improved opportunities for quality bucks.

The Sheridan region will sustain a similar harvest rate to 2017. Hunters should know that the majority of antelope hunting in the Sheridan region is on private land where access to private lands and landlocked public lands continues to be difficult.  Hunters able to gain access to private land will have high success. Hunter densities on many accessible tracts of public land can be high, especially on opening day and weekends. Hunting later in the season could offer less competition from fellow hunters.

Is that a buck or a doe?

The ability to distinguish between buck and doe antelope is critical to hunters holding licenses valid for only does and fawns.

1. Horns - Should be prominent with a prong or point between the base and tip and extend beyond the ears for adult males. Yearling bucks have shorter horns, typically at ear-length. Does often grow horns, which occasionally grow to the length of the ears.

2. Cheek patch – Both yearling and adult bucks have a black cheek patch below the ear at the angle of the jaw. Even among fawns, which usually lack visible horns, the black cheek patches distinguish males from females. Females lack the black cheek patch.

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Kim Olsen
Baggs Game Warden
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