While the public is not allowed to pick up antlers on the National Elk Refuge, a dirt road leads hunters through it to the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest. In Wyoming, public land west of the Continental Divide—which includes the Bridger-Teton—opens for shed hunting every year on May 1. At 8:00 a.m. the morning before opening day, cars and trucks—some pulling fifth wheel campers or loaded horses trailers—lined up on the Refuge Road. License plates from Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, and Utah proved the widespread attraction of the area for its shed bounty. After all, the refuge and the adjacent land serve as the winter range for more than 5,000 elk. The wintering area includes rolling hills dotted with sagebrush, riparian areas, and the more rugged terrain of the Gros Ventres Mountains, which are covered in lodgepole pine, spruce, and fir forests. It’s a shed hunter’s paradise.