Devastation from the winter of 2022-2023: The winter of 2022-2023 was one of the harshest on record in Wyoming, with heavy snowfall and extreme cold.
Concerns about herd health: Wyoming game managers are concerned about the health of some deer herds, particularly the Wyoming Range mule deer herd.
Ethical concerns: Some hunters feel that it is unethical to hunt deer when the herds are struggling.
Lack of success: Some hunters have had difficulty finding and harvesting deer in recent years.
Cost: Hunting deer in Wyoming can be expensive. Hunters must purchase a license and tags, and they may also need to pay for travel, lodging, and other expenses.
Time commitment: Hunting deer can be a time-consuming activity. Hunters may need to spend several days in the field in order to find and harvest a deer.
Alternatives: There are other ways to enjoy the outdoors and wildlife without hunting. Some hunters are choosing to go for hikes, take nature photos, or simply observe wildlife in their natural habitat.