The timely precipitation this year provided a continued respite from the drought conditions of earlier this decade. Though this wet weather may only be a short-term trend Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists have already noticed positive impacts for wildlife. The mild winter and the moisture helped the growth of plants, which provides food and shelter for Wyoming’s wildlife.

Overall, the health of big game animals is improving. Biologists have seen improved and survival rates for young elk, deer and pronghorn this year. Hunting of elk should be particularly good this season. Elk numbers are still above objective statewide and hunter success has been high the last few years.

Mule deer, pronghorn and moose numbers have been declining but the last couple of years that trend has slowed or reversed. Still, for the 2015 hunting season the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission was again conservative with license allocation, but those with licenses should see quality animals in the field.
Small game and bird hunting should also be good this year. For more about hunting in Wyoming visit our website. Sportsmen and sportswomen provide 75-80 percent of the funding to manage all of Wyoming’s wildlife.

Game and Fish personnel are available to assist anyone with questions. Stop by a regional office, call or email.Game and Fish released its entire hunt forecast today.