Shed hunting closes soon

For many sections of public lands in western and southern Wyoming the shed antler and horn hunting collection closure is approaching. The annual closure for sections of public land, state land and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission wildlife habitat management areas in Wyoming begins Jan. 1. The shed collection closure is meant to protect wintering big game.

A Wyoming Game and Fish Commission regulation prohibits anyone from collecting shed antlers or horns on public land, such as U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, state lands and Wyoming Game and Fish Commission-owned or -administered lands west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide Basin, and some land west of Laramie, from Jan. 1 through 6 a.m. May 1 of each year. A map of the closure area is available online and the boundaries are detailed within the regulation.

“The annual shed antler and horn collection closure is to minimize the disturbance and stress to big game on winter and spring ranges by antler hunters,” said Scott Edberg, Game and Fish deputy chief of wildlife. “It’s very important for the survival of our big game animals that they do not experience undue stress during the winter months.”

Collect means to search for, locate, stockpile or possess shed antlers and horns of big game animals on public land or attempt to search for, locate, stockpile or possess shed antlers and horns of big game animals on public or state land during the closed season.

A violation of this regulation carries the same potential penalties, including fines, forfeiture of seized shed antlers and horns and loss of hunting and fishing privileges.

Boys hoops resumes today

The Jackson Hole boys basketball team will be back earlier from winter break than most teams around the state.

The Broncs will be in action today at home against Cheyenne South. The contest is a makeup game from their previously scheduled game in mid-December.

The Broncs last hit the floor on Dec. 19, falling to Lander 57-36 to fall to 0-3 on the season.

The girls basketball team will resume the season on Jan. 5 at Big Piney. The Broncs wrestling team will return to the mats on Jan. 9 at Bear Lake. Jackson’s Nordic team will be back at home for races Jan. 8 and 9, and the alpine squad will kick off the season Jan. 8 and 9 at Laramie.

UW wrestling hosts three matches

The University of Wyoming wrestling team will host three matches during the upcoming season.

The Cowboys will welcome Northern Colorado to the UniWyo Sports Complex on Sunday, Jan. 3, and West Virginia on Feb. 6.

Wyoming will also host Air Force at a date that’s still to be determined.

UW returns four NCAA qualifiers off last year’s team in senior Brian Andrews, juniors Hayden Hastings (Sheridan) and Tate Samuelson and sophomore Stephen Buchanan.

Tickets will not be sold for any UW home athletic events through at least Jan. 8, which is the date the current public health orders are set to run through.

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