G&F reviews herd unit objectives

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings in the Cody area to discuss management objectives for the elk, antelope, deer and bighorn sheep herds lying within the Cody region.

The Greybull meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Town Hall, will focus on the Medicine Lodge elk herd and the Paintrock deer herd.  There will be a short presentation on the history and status of each herd unit followed by a question-and-answer session and public comment period.

The Medicine Lodge elk herd is hunt areas 41 and 45, while the Paintrock mule deer herd consists of hunt areas 41, 46, and 47.

Although Game and Fish review herd unit objectives every year when hunting seasons are set, herd objectives will be formally evaluated in five-year intervals to ensure a high level of public involvement.  In addition to the hunting public, landowners and federal agencies are also asked to provide input since they manage the habitat big game uses throughout the year.

“We’ll be discussing herd productivity (fawn:doe and calf:cow ratios), buck/bull numbers, hunting pressure, harvest rates, etc.,” said Tom Easterly, a G&F wildlife biologist in Big Horn County.

“The population objective and where the population is in relation to it really does influence how overall management and hunting seasons are set for those areas.”