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As some of you head out for your elk hunt this year or begin packing for your upcoming backcountry hunts, hopefully you use a checklist of some sort. I have a spreadsheet with all of my gear on it with multiple columns. The columns dictate the type of hunt, then all I need to do check the items as I pack them and as a bonus, it spits out the total weight of what my pack should weigh. [Read more…]

Apply Online for a VT Moose Permit, Win a Muzzleloader

Vermont MooseMONTPELIER, Vt. – Applying for a moose hunting permit on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website by a June 17 deadline will get you a chance to win a new Thompson Center “Triumph” muzzleloader.

“Moose lottery permit applicants can help us improve efficiency of the permitting process by applying online, rather than by using one of our traditional paper applications available from license agents,” said Commissioner Louis Porter. “Online applications are quick and easy for the applicant, and they save data entry time for us, which translates into having that money go toward other Fish &Wildlife work.” [Read more…]

New Virginia Full Online Hunter Ed Course Ideal for New Turkey Hunters

Hunter Ed CourseA turkey hunt is ideal first hunt for the new hunter education graduate.

Virginia Turkey season starts April 12 so now is the time to for new hunters to take their Virginia required hunter education. Turkey hunting is a great first hunt and with the new Hunter Ed Course Virginia Full Online Hunters Safety Course a Virginia resident, 18 years of age or older, can take their course quickly and easily so they are ready for opening day. [Read more…]

New Hampshire’s Moose Hunt Lottery Open

New Hampshire Fish and GameCONCORD, N.H. — The lottery is open for New Hampshire’s 2014 moose hunt. Enter soon and try your luck on what many consider the adventure of a lifetime. Lottery applications are just $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents. [Read more…]

Utah Big Game Hunt Applications Due by March 6

Utah Dept of Natural ResoucesTime is running out to submit your application to hunt big game animals in Utah this fall.

Applications to hunt big game-including deer-are due through www.wildlife.utah.gov no later than 11 p.m. on March 6. [Read more…]

NH Moose Hunt Lottery Deadline Tomorrow

Maine MooseCONCORD, NH — – If you haven’t submitted an application and want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, then you better get moving! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is just a week away, Friday, May 31. This year, 275 lucky winners will be offered permits to participate in New Hampshire’s 2013 moose hunt, which runs from October 19 – 27. Last year’s statewide hunter success rate for moose was 64%. [Read more…]

Turkey Hunting Tips Available in New E-book

e-book Today's Turkey HunterThose who are new to turkey hunting or are thinking about taking it up will find the new e-book Today’s Turkey Hunter a valuable how-to guide. Published by Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc., Today’s Turkey Hunter contains wild turkey video, audio of the most common turkey calls, and easy-to-understand instructions.

“Turkey hunting is growing in popularity, with more than three million participants now. Providing basic information about how to turkey hunt will help make hunters’ trips afield safer and more rewarding,” said Kurt Kalkomey, president of Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. “We’re committed to accuracy. So to make sure this e-book provided the best possible information, we had the experts at the National Wild Turkey Federation review it.” [Read more…]

3 Tips for Whitetail Hunters Who Dream of Chasing Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.—Elk: The official daydream of whitetail hunters everywhere.

But hunting deer and hunting elk are, typically, two distinct disciplines within North American big game hunting. Different skill sets and expectations are required. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation offers three tips to help new elk hunters make the transition from fantasy to reality.

Brandon Bates, host of “RMEF Team Elk” on Outdoor Channel, is familiar with the dream. He grew up in southern Louisiana chasing white-tailed deer with gun and bow. Like thousands of his counterparts across the country, Bates spent countless quiet hours in low-country treestands while imagining snowy peaks, alpine meadows, dark timber basins—and giant bulls. [Read more…]

Elk Hunt Forecast 2011

Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationMISSOULA, Mont.–Winterkill, habitat problems and wolves have driven elk numbers down in some areas. But many of America’s roughly 800,000 elk hunters have reason to be optimistic about upcoming seasons, based on hunt forecasts compiled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

(Note: The following data, compiled from state and provincial wildlife agencies, reflect biologists’ best estimates of elk populations. Each year, animal rights activists blatantly misrepresent these data to prop up their argument for keeping wolves perpetually on the Endangered Species List. It’s a fact that where wolves are concentrated, elk herds are being impacted. Calf survival rates in certain areas are too low to sustain herds for the future. Wolves must be managed, same as elk. In spite of the misuse, RMEF believes these data are valuable to hunters and will continue to provide them.)

Following are condensed forecasts for 29 states and provinces. See full-length versions at www.rmef.org/hunting/features. For even more detailed coverage, see the Sept./Oct. 2011 edition of the RMEF member magazine, Bugle. To join, call 800-CALL ELK. [Read more…]

Tips for Field Judging Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.–A trophy bull can turn up almost anywhere in elk country but opportunities to take one are rare. When a monster steps out, a hunter often has no time to count antler points, much less compute scores. But not always. Sometimes there’s ample chance to really focus and size up an elk in your search for the bull of a lifetime.

Will you know a world-class trophy if you see one?

“All elk hunters are fascinated by antlers, but not everyone recognizes what it takes to grow trophies. Big headgear is a product of genetics, age and nutrition provided by great habitat,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “Learning to field judge antlers will help you understand even more about the elk you’re looking at, whether it’s one for the record books–or one to let walk away and grow up.” [Read more…]