Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Proposed Changes to Opening Day Shed Hunting
Fish and Game Commish is considering a proposal to limit opening day shed hunting on Montana WMAs to foot traffic only and two sheds per person. An attempt to eliminate the circus like atmosphere of opening day (May 15)which has been likened to the great land grabbing stampedes of the homesteading era. Another reason is putting a crimp on poachers who sneak onto WMAs during the closed season (Dec 1 to May 15), stash sheds and then go in opening day with pack strings to haul out the contraband. If passed, whether or not the change would apply to all WMAs has not been decided.
FYI, we discovered the above elk shed a couple winters ago in the Gardiner River in YNP--off limits to shed hunting anytime but the scene of many dramatic moments in the past. Such as the guy who drowned after his loaded with antlers raft upset in the Yellowstone River awhile back. Like most things these days they just seem to get whackier and whackier...to say nothing of getting way out of hand.