Grand Teton National Park’s elk reduction program will begin Saturday.

The only area open to hunters admitted to the program is Wyoming Game and Fish elk hunt area 75, located east of U.S. Highway 89. The Antelope Flats section of the area will close Nov. 22, and the remaining portions will close Dec. 12.

The Snake River bottom between Deadman’s Bar and Ditch Creek is closed. Also, Wyoming Game and Fish Elk hunt area 79 is closed “to limit harvest pressure on northern migratory and resident elk,” according to a park press release regarding the hunt.

Four hundred permits have been issued for the program.

Admitted hunters must carry their state license for elk hunt area 75, conservation stamp, elk special management permit and 2021 elk reduction program permit. They can use only non-lead ammunition and will also be limited in the number of cartridges they can carry per day.

The use of archery, handguns and other non-centerfire ammunition rifles is not permitted. Harvest is restricted to cows and calves.

The park encourages visitors to wear bright colors while the elk reduction program is underway.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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