Hunting season promises mixed results

Deer population still down, turkey and elk both thriving


September 7, 2023

Hunting seasons this fall may be negatively affected by poor deer numbers, according to Sundance Game Warden Nate Holst, but elk and turkeys are doing just fine and should make for plentiful harvest opportunities.


The deer population in this county was hit by an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) a couple of years ago, which affected both white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope. Cases were identified across the east of the state, including in Crook County, in 2021.

EHD is not unusual in Wyoming; in fact, wildlife managers say they see it in big game every year. It’s o...

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