NEAR AUGUSTA – The Sun River Shed Hunt is quite the bargain around the Rocky Mountain Front. People from all over spent Sunday afternoon searching for treasure.
The Sun River Shed Hunt is held annually on May 15. People venture out into the wild hoping to come back with a trophy or two.
It also helps hunt elk that are still in the area for the summer.
FWP estimated at least 300 vehicles, many more on horseback, and around 750–1,000 people in total, all with the same objective.
In the wilderness west of Augusta, hundreds of people lined up hoping to find elk antlers, and at exactly noon, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks opened the doors and hundreds of people rushed.
“Today the focus is on the loss of elk antlers that are on the ground throughout the region, so we have a large number of people who are just coming for a spring adventure to hang out,” said the FWP spokesperson Mark Schlepp. “Molks are always a mystical creature to people. They love to come here to try and find all the antlers they can. It’s a good time for people to come out.
Schlepp added that the large group of people help hunt the remaining elk and they are supposed to migrate for the summer and only stay in the area for the winter.
Everyone is welcome, including newcomers who have never done it before.
“Beautiful scenery, the excitement before it started. I really like how you get to be on the outside. It’s a cool experience,’ Helena resident Gavin Anderson said.
The shed hunt will last all day and probably into Monday with many people camping.