Game and Fish is considering postponing the May 1 shed season this year. Winter conditions in Wyoming are unlike anything we’ve seen in 30 years and big game animals are struggling. Winter has lasted a long time and most of the state has well over 100% of objectives when it comes to snowpack. Jackson is currently sitting at 119%. The annual shed hunting season around the Jackson refuge historically begins May 1st. That may change this year as we are experiencing January-like weather and we’re well into April. Wyoming Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik said, “if snow conditions and animal location create an impact for wintering big game that’s already been suffering large losses this winter, postponing the 2023 shed antler hunt would be a serious consideration.”
So there you have it, it is a possibility but we are still a month out. With snow forecasted in much of the West currently, the wrath of old man winter is holding on strong. Temperatures in much of Wyoming are forecasted to be in the 50s and 60s next week so perhaps we are finally headed in the right direction. As long as it doesn’t get too warm too fast we won’t have too much of a problem with flooding in the coming weeks, we hope.
As for those antlers? Well, I’m thinking more animals surviving winter and late-spring to create little ones is more important. How bout you?