Shed antlers, hunting technology
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
January 8, 2019
As the Wyoming Legislature begins, there have been about 160 bills prefiled, addressing everything from tuition and fees, to water well drilling. We’ve picked a few that may be of interest to sportsmen. To read the complete details of a bill, browse all the proposed legislation, or to check a bill’s status, click on the legislative website link provided below.
HB0002 would authorize the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to regulate and control the methods of taking wildlife including regulating, limiting or prohibiting the use of hunting technologies.
HB0012, sponsored by Representative Albert Sommers, would modify regulation of the collection of shed antlers and horns by removing language specifying that such regulation may occur between Jan. 1 and May 1. The new language proposes to authorize the WG&F Commission: "To regulate and control the collection of shed antlers and horns of big game animals, including regulation of the dates, times and locations for collection, for the purpose of minimizing the harassment or disturbance of big game populations on public lands west of the Continental Divide."
HB0028 sponsored by Representative Haley, with Sommers listed as a co-sponsor, would modify the shed antler collection law to eliminate the provision for such regulation to take place only west of the Continental Divide, and would also eliminate the reference to winter months, while adding a reference to bighorn sheep horns. The draft language authorizes the WG&F Commission: "To regulate and control the collection of shed antlers and horns of big game animals for the purpose of minimizing the harassment or disturbance of big game populations on public lands in the state of Wyoming any time during the year, subject to the provisions for bighorn sheep horns in W.S. 23 3 117."
HB0073, sponsored by Representative Blake, would allow a person to use a leashed blood-trailing dog to help recover a killed or wounded big game animal.