May 15th was an important day for area outdoorsmen as the Sun River Wildlife Management Area opened to the public.
“People are here looking for elk antlers and not necessarily deer, but we’ll have some deer antlers come out,” Mark Schlepp, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4 wildlife area manager, said. “We’ve had some moose antlers come out, but the big draw is for elk antlers.”
The going rate for elk antlers is between $10-15 depending on the condition.
According to FWP, wildlife officials counted just under 300 vehicles and estimated 750 people showed up for Wednesday’s opening event.
“Our early years, this wasn’t a big deal and back in those days, May 15th starts at midnight so we would come up here and let in three or four vehicles and off they’d go,” Schlepp said.