JACKSON, Wyo. — On Sunday, shed hunters took to the backcountry in search of antler sheds after winter closures were lifted on a number of public lands in the area.

Cars and trailers lined up ahead of the opening of Curtis Canyon Road, a popular access point to Bridger-Teton National Forests.

The area is a hot spot for shed hunters because of its close proximity to the National Elk Refuge. Curtis Canyon Road is closed from Dec. 1 through April 30 each year to protect wintering wildlife. Thousands of elk pass through the area, on their way to the Elk Refuge winter feedgrounds.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.