An expansion of the area where antler hunting and collection would be regulated is among proposed regulations on the docket for a series of public comment sessions that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be holding through Dec. 12.
The current regulation designates land west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide Basin, as off limits to shed or horn collection between Jan. 1 and April 30 each year.
The proposal would add a line to that area, at the Wyoming-Colorado state line at the intersection of U.S. Highway 287, through Laramie, northwest toward Rawlins before meeting the current boundary on the Continental Divide.
Further regulations proposed includes clarification to the department’s definition of legal ammunition to include rounds that are composed of non-lead material that manufacturers don’t define as expanding point bullets.
“As it was written it made a question as to whether non-lead ammunition was legal per our definition,” Game and Fish spokesman Mark Gocke said.
Research shows that hunters using lead ammunition can result in lead fragments being scattered throughout carcasses. The lead can poison birds and other animals that eat the carcasses shot with lead bullets.
Lead is a known neurotoxin for both humans and wildlife, affecting coordination, balance and movement, according to the Teton Raptor Center, which promotes the use of non-lead ammunition and fishing tackle.
Public meetings to discuss proposed regulation changes will begin with a 6 p.m. meeting Wednesday at the Game and Fish office in Jackson. Online comments can be submitted via the department’s website.