No antler collecting until May

Mar 20, 2012 The Associated Press

PINEDALE (AP) -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding people not to be in too much of a hurry to collect antlers from public lands in western Wyoming.

Collecting antlers that have been shed from elk and other big game animals is prohibited on state and federal land west of the Continental Divide each Jan. 1 through April 30.

Wyoming enacted the rule two years ago after many antler hunters made a practice of getting too close to big game animals in western Wyoming.

Prime antler specimens can sell for hundreds of dollars but Game and Fish says overeager antler collectors can create stress for animals during the lean winter and spring months.

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