Deer season has finally arrived across the West, and bowhunters took full advantage of it in the Cowboy State. Unlike previous years, when the first week of the Wyoming deer season is generally filled with velvet-antlered bucks, Jeff Smith, of Seven J Outfitters, reported the velvet was stripped off earlier than usual leaving most of his hunters with hard-horn bucks to pick from. However, Kristy Barnes of Realtree did arrow an exceptional velvet buck that stretched the tape over 150 inches.

According to Smith, the mast crop in northeast Wyoming is pretty poor this year due to an exceptionally wet and cold period during the spring and early summer months. This can be good for hunters as bucks will hit the fields earlier without the mast crop to forage on, which should ultimately provide better opportunities.