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Game and Fish seeks public input on mule deer herds near Cody

February 06, 2019
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Public meetings to be held Feb. 19 in Powell and Feb. 26 in Cody

Cody - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will host two public meetings to discuss mule deer in the Clarks Fork and Upper Shoshone mule deer herds.  The Clarks Fork and Upper Shoshone deer herds are located west of Cody and encompass Deer Hunt Areas 105, 106,109 and 110-115.

“Game and Fish is concerned about the quality of buck hunting and population levels in both of these herds,” said Tony Mong, Cody area wildlife biologist.  “We invite the public to attend a meeting in Cody or Powell to learn about factors influencing the population, buck numbers and quality and to discuss potential management options Game and Fish is considering.”

At each meeting, Mong will give a presentation on the current and historic population and harvest dynamics of both herds, and then outline potential management options that could benefit mule deer in these areas.  Participants will then have an opportunity to discuss the outlined options and their impact, and provide feedback related to the short-term management of these mule deer herds.    “It is imperative we hear from the public as we explore management options for these herds,” Mong said. 

One meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Heart Mountain Hall at the Park County Fairgrounds in Powell and a second meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Grizzly Hall at the Park County Library in Cody.  Both meetings will present the same information, and the public is welcome to attend one or both meetings.

These meetings will be held in addition to the regularly scheduled season setting meetings in March to discuss potential proposed changes to hunting seasons.  At this time, no changes to the seasons affecting these two deer herds are proposed; however, feedback from these meetings could result in a proposed change to the 2019 hunting season which will be discussed during the regular March season setting meeting. 

2019 deer hunt areas in the Big Horn Basin.  The upcoming meeting will specifically discuss mule deer in the Clarks Fork and Upper Shoshone mule deer herds located west of Cody.  These herds encompass Deer Hunt Areas 105, 106, 109 and 110-115.

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