"It's not looking like snow conditions on the face of the mountain are going to allow for adequate elk dispersal from the Amsden when it regularly opens," said Dayton Game Warden Dustin Shorma. "Keeping the area closed will encourageelk to continue using this area, rather than wandering on to neighboring private property. Elk are still depending on the unit for forage and security cover and having people entering the area puts added stress on these animals during their most difficult time of year."
The Department is aware that the delay in opening the area will temporarily impede the popular May 1 antler hunting tradition amongst the public.
"I know that some folks will be disappointed, however, keeping this elk herd healthy through this latest snow storm will ensure they'll have shed antlers to look for in the future," said Shorma.
The public is reminded that the Kerns Wildlife Habitat Management Area near Parkman is not open to human presence until June 1.
(Contact: Warren Mischke (307) 672-7418)