Archives for May 2010

FWP Sets Discussions For Wolf Season Proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host seven public open house meetings to discuss 2010 wolf hunting season proposals on June 2 beginning at 7 p.m.

The FWP Commission recently approved quota alternatives of 153, 186 or 216 wolves in the proposed 14 different wolf management units. Sub-quota areas are also being considered to limit harvest during early season backcountry hunts and in an area directly north of Yellowstone National Park.

Also proposed this year is a wolf archery season for all WMUs that would open Sept. 4 and run through Oct. 17, the same time as Montana’s deer, elk, lion, and black bear archery seasons. Hunting would close when quotas are met, or by Dec. 31.

The meeting will be held at the following locations on June 2 from 7-9 p.m.:

  • Billings—FWP Headquarters; 2300 Lake Elmo Dr.
  • Bozeman—Holiday Inn; 5 E. Baxter Lane
  • Glasgow—Valley County Court House; 501 Court Square
  • Great Falls—FWP Headquarters; 4600 Giant Springs Rd.
  • Kalispell—FWP Headquarters; 490 N. Meridian Rd.
  • Miles City—FWP Headquarters; 352 I-94 Business Loop
  • Missoula—Double Tree Hotel Missoula Edgewater; 100 Madison

Last year, Montana’s first ever wolf harvest quota was 75 wolves across three WMUs. Officials estimate that at least 524 wolves in 101 verified packs and 37 breeding pairs inhabited the state at the end of 2009. The Montana wolf population is predicted to decrease under each of the quota alternatives currently being considered by the FWP Commission.

Public comment on the 2010 wolf season proposals are due by 5 p.m. on June 14. Final quotas and seasons will be adopted by the FWP Commission on July 8. Send comments via FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov .   Click “ For Hunters .”   Or mail to FWP Wildlife Bureau, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

License sales for the 2010 wolf season are scheduled to begin in early August. Hunting licenses will cost $19 for residents and $350 for nonresidents. Officials caution, however, that the wolf hunting season could be blocked by groups that recently sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent wolf delisting. Such legal challenges prevented wolf delisting and a hunting season in 2008 and could affect the wolf hunt this year. FWP has joined the USFWS’s defense of the delisting decision.   Court arguments are set for June 15 in Missoula.

To learn more about Montana’s wolf population, visit fwp.mt.gov .   C lick “ Montana Wolves .”

Texas Supports RMEF Projects at Home and Abroad

MISSOULA, Mont.–Texas is a mighty big place, but its borders aren’t nearly big enough to contain its residents’ passion for wildlife, hunting and conservation. Over the past year, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supporters across the state have raised enough money to grant substantial funding for elk habitat initiatives nationwide, plus keep some dollars at home for important conservation education efforts in 12 Texas counties.

In Texas, RMEF grants totaling $31,625 will affect Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Harris, Kaufman, Kerr, Lee, Madison, Potter, Victoria, Washington and Williamson counties.

Three additional projects have statewide interest.

For 2010, Texas also is funding RMEF habitat conservation and enhancement projects, primarily in the Mountain West, with grants totaling $126,012. [Read more…]

State Results and Deadlines

Draw Results:
Colorado Elk draw results are posted. Results are posted on Colorado’s website http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/DrawResultsAndPrefPoints/. We expect Colorado Deer draw results to be posted later this week.

Idaho Sheep, Moose, and Goat draw results are posted. Results are posted on Idaho’s website http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/ch/msg.cfm.

Kansas Deer draw results are posted. Results are posted on Kansas’ website https://www1.ks.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.

Let us know if you drew and we will add you to the Member Draw and send you a list of members that have drawn previously or an outfitter if you are interested in one. [Read more…]

EHU Lesson: Archery Hunting

The Ultimate Challenge, hunting the King of the Rocky Mountains with stick and string.  Archery hunting is one of the fastest growing segments of elk hunting in Colorado. The fall colors, crisp air of the high mountains in fall and the test of skill between hunter and animal, stalking to within 30 yards of an elk.  Join Alan Hannasch and Jason Garnett as they provide some insight into the decisions made once you take to the field with a bow.

Check it out at:  http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/ElkHuntingUniversity/EHULessons/EHUArcheryElk.htm.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Elk Hunting Opportunity in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the Bull Elk Lottery results. To find out if you were drawn please log onto KDFWR website.

While the official elk lottery has closed for 2010, hunters can get one more shot at having their name drawn. “Kentucky Afield” television has the story this weekend, May 22 and 23.

Kentucky-Department-of-FishOne bull elk tag remains to be drawn for fall elk hunting. Through a raffle sponsored by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, proceeds from the specially commissioned tag will fund scholarships and needed improvements to Camp Webb, Camp Wallace and Camp Currie. [Read more…]

How Do I Use Archer’s Advantage – Part 2

If you would like to learn some bow setup techniques, stay tuned as I will post some good videos that I have found. As it is a little better to see and follow it visually, rather than read text.

This video is on Archer’s Advantage  Part 2

Aneal Roney is joined by Perry Ratcliff, owner of Archer’s Advantage software. If you are not familiar with Archery’s Advantage, check out the interview with Perry here.

If this is the first viewing of this series, make sure that you watch Archer’s Advantage  Part 1, before viewing this video!


This episode goes through a thorough demonstration on how the typical bowhunter might use the Archer’s Advantage software.

Check out the short video below.

Conservation Gardening In Montana

Learn how to use Montana native plants to create habitat for native wildlife and create a sustainable garden on May 26 at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters office, 1420 East Sixth Ave., at 7 p.m.

The Montana Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is sponsoring this free workshop on native plant gardening. Featured speaker David Schmetterling,   an FWP biologist,   blogs about home gardening at http://montanawildlifegardener.blogspot.com .   He will share photos of his outstanding garden located on a small city lot in the middle of Missoula and discuss how native plants reduce water use and attract birds, butterflies and other insects.

Family Camping – Part 1

With the heating up and me wanting to get Ciro introduced to camping soon, I planned an overnighter at the local Izaak Walton League of America Chapter, where I am a member.

We arrived around 5pm to setup camp, get some dinner going, let Ciro explore and test some more fire starters for building fires. This was a “car camping” trip as Ciro is 2 years old and Amy has not camped in many years. We used our trusty old Coleman tent, air mattress with a down sleeping bag for Amy and Ciro used his sleeping bag that we won at last years Bull Run RMEF Banquet. I used my Big Agnes Farwell back and Two Track pad. [Read more…]

Project Katera – Part 4

Now, that I have the bow put together, stabilizer installed, stings on and arrows made. I installed the FUSE Ventera 2 piece quiver, Trophy Taker Xtreme FC Angled Slot Rest and last but not least my Black Gold FlashPoint RedZone custom sight. Now it’s time to tune this baby. [Read more…]

CA Big Game Application Delay

The California Department of Fish and Game has notified us that due to contract issues the Hunting Digest booklet for Big Game which contains the applications for this year’s Big Game drawings may not be out until a week before the June 2, 2010 deadline for all applications to be received at the DFG License office in Sacramento.

The good news is the booklet and applications are on the DFG website (see link below) and you can print out the applications for elk, antelope, and Bighorn Sheep and submit them.

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/publications/digest/