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Hunting Season Changes Will Come Next Hunting Season

 "Mother Nature takes her toll on our populations and they will get built up and set back and now we are in recovery mode," said Binfet. 

"Just in the region in the last four years we have cut 15,000 pronghorn licenses," said Justin Binfet, a wildlife management coordinator at the Wyoming Game and Fish department.

Not only pronghorn, but mule deer seasons have been cut back to what Benfit says are very conservative numbers. Concern has grown in the department with the decline in mule deer , but also with sportsman as well.

"Mother Nature takes her toll on our populations and they will get built up and set back and now we are in recovery mode," said Binfet.

"People have seen the same thing that we have. There is not as many animals as many out there as in the past due to various reasons and so we did adjust our license numbers," said Janet Milek, the Casper region public information specialist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Wildlife managers say environmental factors will have to change in order to bring mule deer back harsh winters and long droughts have taken their toll.

"The decline is being seen across the west, it's not just Wyoming," said Milek.

The public isn't being quiet on the issue comments have been made to the department and changes are in order to what they had previously proposed.

"We are going to throw a few more cow, calf, elk licenses in an area and a few more white tail licenses in an area," said Binfet.

As far as mule deer and pronghorn the number of tags available to hunters will continue with drastic reductions in available hunting opportunities.

"Folks have had concern that some of the conservative seasons have gone too far with cutting licenses, and some will say we haven't cut enough," said Binfet.

When department staff see struggling herds they will reduce harvest pressure.

"We will continue to research and try to help the mule deer however we can however usually these are out of our hands with habitat and mother nature,” said Milek.

REPORTED BY CODY O'HARA


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