The Summer Outlook for Hunting Season
With the 2018 hunting season just a little over a month away the outlook for SNS Outfitter and Guides season is looking to be a great one. The snowpack this winter was above average and melted off a bit quicker than normal with our early spring which truly worked out in our favor with our spring bear hunts, we had a record black bear season. Not only did the early spring lead to a great spring bear season, it also lead into a very wet summer. We had a lot moisture through the middle of June and that continued through a good part of July.
The combination of a great snowpack this winter and heavy spring moisture brings good news for Wyoming’s wildlife populations. Our big game herds seem to be in excellent condition going into the 2018 hunting season. While unpredictable weather always provides challenges, we should see good numbers of healthy, mature bucks and bulls as we head into the fall.
However, even with the late moisture brought by April snowstorms and consistent rain in June, conditions are starting to be dry across the state as summer temperatures dry the landscape. By the end of August and into September, herds will naturally drift into areas with better grazing conditions, and of course water availability. Our guides, naturally, are used to these conditions and will be a large asset to the hunter. Whether in pursuit of antelope, mule deer, whitetail, elk or black bears, your guide will be paying close attention to the quality of feed and the accessibility of water as the season wears on.
While dry conditions are an annual struggle here in the mountain west, we are excited about the overall outlook for the coming hunting seasons. We expect deer, antelope and elk herds to follow more typical patterns this season and to end up with some healthy animals with nice trophies. Happy hunting!