Re: Antelope-good to eat?
Antelope took a big hit in parts of NE WY in the winter of 2010-11. Some places N of Gillette lost close to 60% of their animals. One of the biologists I talked to last year didn't dispute that percentage. It seems like I-90 was the dividing line. Its a little spotty until you get South of Wright. South of there it seems like they didn't have near as big of a problem. I hunt a ranch 30 miles N of Gillette for deer and occasionally antelope. Last year he had almost none on the place. The year before you could easily see 100 in a day. Last year it it was less than 20, probably closer to 10 a day. I have hunted antelope on a ranch 40 miles So of Gillette. His numbers are such that he wants to remove some does from the herd, especially this year to save some more grass for his livestock. I talked to him this week and his antelope are doing fine. A few years ago you could drive So out of Gillette and count up to 300 antelope from Hwy 50 in its 65 mile length. Now maybe 100-150. Still a decent number, but not like a few years ago. Closer to Casper looks more like it did few years ago. Just my observations. The biologists should be able to give you better numbers. Bruce