Game and Fish Department opens special elk hunting season

Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has re-opened elk hunting in northeastern Wyoming, near Sundance. Officials say area 116 has seen growing numbers of elk over the last decade, and hunters killed fewer elk than usual during the fall season.

Robin Kepple is a Game and Fish spokeswoman. "The harvest was poor because most of the animals had found their way onto private lands," she said. "And there were very few on public lands. And now we're re-opening the season hoping to augment this harvest a little bit and help meet management objectives."

Kepple says area landowners have complained about elk damaging stored hay. The special season ends January 31st. It's for antlerless elk, and it's open to hunters with unused licenses for the area.