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General license deer hunters reminded of new antler point restriction in hunt areas near Cody

October 19, 2018
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Antlered mule deer harvested in Hunt Areas 110-115 on a general license must have four points or more on either antler

Cody - Hunters with a general deer license hunting in Deer Hunt Areas 110- 115 are reminded of a new four point antler restriction in place this year.

Cody Wildlife Biologist Tony Mong said in the past, hunters with a general deer license in these hunt areas could harvest any antlered mule deer. “This year, antlered mule deer harvested in Hunt Areas 110-115 on a general license must have four points or more on either antler, which does include the brow tine,” Mong said.  “Hunters should consult the 2018 Deer Hunting Regulations for further limitations and season structure for individual hunt areas.” 

The antler point restrictions for these hunt areas were put into place based on an agreement forged during a public working group process in 2008.  The agreement stipulated if the buck/doe ratio fell below a threshold of 20 bucks per 100 does, then an antler point restriction would be put in place the following season. 

“Antler point restrictions can be used to increase buck ratios but typically only temporarily,” Mong said.  “Long-term management solutions will need to be explored in order to increase buck numbers and quality for the future.”

To better understand public attitudes related to deer in Hunt Areas 110-115, Mong convened a group of interested people last summer to discuss the deer herd and future management options.  Through these discussions, it was determined that a much broader view of hunter input was needed before any additional management actions should be considered.  

To collect this information, Game and Fish will survey hunters this fall to gauge their perception of deer numbers and mature buck numbers seen while hunting in the Upper Shoshone mule deer herd unit which consists of Deer Hunt Areas 110-115. 

“In order to ensure all voices and opinions are heard and considered, please take the time to either visit with Game and Fish field personnel or stop by the South Fork check station November 1-10 to take the survey,” Mong said. “This information will be invaluable to the future management of this important mule deer herd.”

Public input will be taken through March 2019 and Mong will present preliminary results of the survey at a meeting to be held in December. 

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