Archives for April 2009

Nonresident Fees Go Up Friday



New fees for nonresident hunting and fishing licenses, tags and permits go into effect Friday, May 1st in Idaho.

Nonresident Licenses

  • Hunting – $154.75
  • Season Fishing – $98.25
  • Hunting/Fishing Combo – $240.00
  • Daily Fishing 1st Day – $12.75
  • Daily Fishing Each Consecutive Day – $6.00
  • Nongame (Expires August 31) – $35.50
  • Junior Season Fish (up to 17) – $21.75
  • Small Game Hunting – $97.75
  • Nonresident 3-Day Salmon/Steelhead – $37.50
  • Youth Small Game (Age 10-11) – $20.00
  • Shooting Preserve – $23.75

Nonresident Tags

  • Nonresident Deer – $301.75
  • Nonresident Elk – $416.75
  • Nonresident Bear – $186.00
  • Nonresident Reduced and Second Bear – $31.75
  • Nonresident Mountain Lion – $186.00
  • Nonresident Reduced and Second Lion – $31.75
  • Nonresident Pronghorn – $311.75
  • Nonresident Turkey – $80.00
  • Nonresident Moose – $2101.75
  • Nonresident Bighorn Sheep – $2101.75
  • Nonresident Mountain Goat – $2101.75

Nonresident Permits

  • Archery Permit – $20.00
  • Muzzleloader Permit – $20.00
  • Salmon Permit – $25.75
  • Steelhead Permit – $25.75
  • Two Pole Permit – $15.50
  • Wma Permit (Age 17+) – $51.75
  • Migratory Bird Permit – $4.75

Nonresident Jr. Mentored

  • Jr Mentored Hunting (12-17) – $31.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Deer Tag – $23.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Elk Tag – $39.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Bear Tag – $23.75
  • Nr. Jr Mentored Turkey Tag – $19.75

Nonresident Commercial Licenses

  • Nonresident Trapping – $301.75
  • Nonresident Taxidermist/Furbuyer – $170.00

Nonresident Controlled Hunt Application

  • Nonresident Controlled Hunt App – $14.75

Missoula Events to Mark Elk Foundation’s Silver Anniversary


MISSOULA, Mont.—In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host a free, public open house with tours, refreshments and activities at its international headquarters on Saturday, May 16.

The event is slated for noon to 4:00 p.m. at the RMEF visitor center, 5705 Grant Creek Rd. in Missoula.

“Since we opened our doors on May 14, 1984, our conservation work has impacted nearly a square mile of elk habitat every single day,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Elk Foundation. “A lot of people don’t fully realize the scope or extent of the conservation impacts of this Montana-born outfit—but it’s an incredible story. [Read more…]

Youth Turkey Camps in the AZ Mountains


COLCORD RIDGE, Mogollon Rim – The mountains, mentors, wildlife officers, volunteer instructors, gobblers, guides and even the wind had a lot to teach 180 or so camo-clad youngsters during the opening weekend of the spring turkey season.

With a lot of able assistance from sportsmen’s organizations, the Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted two youth turkey hunting camps, one along the Mogollon Rim and the other in the White Mountains.


It was a great weekend of learning in the pine-scented woods with shotguns in hand at first light or during the afternoon in-camp workshops while gripping steaming mugs of hot chocolate or frosty cold sodas.


Read the full article here.


No black bear hunt in San Luis Obispo County

Black Bear

There will be no black bear hunt in San Luis Obispo County, CA this year.

The California Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to postpone until next year any change to the state’s bear hunting regulations.

The department had recommended allowing bear hunting in the county for the first time. It also recommended eliminating a limit to the number of bears that can be taken statewide in a season.

More than 40 organizations went on record opposing the San Luis Obispo County hunt.

“Thanks to the commission’s reluctance to adopt this controversial proposal, black bears will continue to have the freedom to roam in San Luis Obispo County,” said Jeff Kuyper, Forest Watch executive director.

The department based its initial recommendation to allow a hunt on the number of nuisance complaints the agency received, the number of bears hit by cars and the use of baited scent stations. Bear numbers in San Luis Obispo County appear to be very similar to the numbers in Santa Barbara County, where the state already allows hunting, biologists said.

Read the full article here.

Deer Adapting to Suburban Sprawl

This is a great article written by Liza Mundy of the Washington Post Magazine.  It seems to cover most of the bases from a high level, but it should provide some non-hunters a starting point on educating them about deer. Meaning, they are not just the cute brown, big eared, shiny nose and big doe eyed critter.

Where I live in Loudoun County, VA hunters harvested 6,266 deer this past season.  The incidence of Lyme disease in Loudoun County is about 20 times greater than that of the Virginia average.

 VA Deerk Kill Graph

Deer are becoming almost as common in the suburbs as squirrels and rabbits. How do deer understand human activity, navigate traffic, and reproduce in populated areas? Are they becoming, in some fundamental way, a different animal than deer living in the wild?

Before the 1960s, there were no recorded observations of deer in Rock Creek Park, D.C. There were dozen in the 1970s. Now, deer sightings are so routine, officials don’t write deer up any more.”

In 2000, park officials conducted their first deer census and counted about 50 per square mile. Recently, the number has fluctuated between 60 and 80 per square mile, or about 250 in the entire park.

This increase in population growth is not local to the Metro area. In the early 20th century, deer numbers had dwindled to perhaps less than half a million; now, there may be as many as 29 million.

While the experts can suggest ways for homeowners to discourage deer, at least temporarily, they say the real solution lies in reducing their numbers. This is to say, hunting them.

The only opponents these days are the deer, who are getting wise to these operations.


Many neighborhoods call for a more surgical strike — and for hunters willing to forgo the big woods and cater to the sensibilities of suburbanites who want the deer gone but are uncomfortable with the messy reality of killing them.

Eric Huppert is the president of an organization of bowhunters with the delightfully corporate-sounding name Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia. In areas where bowhunting is legal, his operation allows homeowners to outsource their deer problem.

Suburban White Tail Management imposes stringent restrictions on its 100-odd members. For safety, they are not allowed to shoot a deer more than 20 yards away, though they must show their ability to hit a six-inch target from 30 yards. “I tell people that I just want to know that you can do it,” says Huppert. He has also set strict conduct rules designed to minimize the hunters’ presence. “We want you to get in and out without getting noticed,” he tells his bowmen. “Come in and go out in civilian clothes. We don’t allow camouflage clothing in public view. We don’t allow deer [carcasses visible] in the back. All your hunting equipment is out of sight. It’s all very — covert, I guess.”

“We’re trying to give hunting a good image,” explains Steve Barry, the organization’s Loudoun County coordinator.

“People think that hunting deer is so easy, and it’s really not,” says Eric Huppert. “You’re not dealing with a dumb animal.”

Read the full article here.

RMEF Celebrates New Data on 25th Anniversary


MISSOULA, Mont.—Wild elk populations in 23 states are higher now than 25 years ago when the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) was launched to help conserve habitat for elk and other wildlife.

Nationally, elk numbers grew 44 percent, from about 715,000 to over 1,031,000, between 1984 and 2009 (see chart).

During that same time span, Elk Foundation fundraisers generated millions of dollars, which helped leverage millions more, for a conservation effort that has enhanced or protected nearly a square mile of habitat per day—now totaling over 5.5 million acres.

Population highlights among top elk states: California, Nevada and New Mexico experienced the greatest increases with growth exceeding 100 percent. Colorado, Montana and Utah herds are 50-70 percent larger. Oregon and Wyoming are up 20-40 percent.

[Read more…]

New Team HuntingLife Pro Staff Member



Congratulations to Logan Hinners, Team HuntingLife’s newest Pro Staff Member.  Team HuntingLife is proud to have Logan on their team and they look forward to many more of his stories, reviews and some great footage this coming fall.


HuntingLife is the community for pursuing your passions of hunting, conservation and a well lived life! They pledge 10% of our revenue to wildlife conservation & youth education so we can continue to protect the habitat that is so important in our pursuit of fair chase hunting worldwide!


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Arizona 2009 Hunt Information

Bighorn Sheep

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved the remaining big game fall hunting seasons for deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo, bear and mountain lion at its April 18 meeting in Phoenix.

The application deadline to apply for a hunt permit-tag is Tuesday, June 9 by 7 p.m. (MST), Postmarks do not count, and there is no online process available. You can start applying once the regulations are posted on the department’s Web site at

Draw application instructions, season dates, permit numbers, hunt numbers and other draw related information will be published in the 2009-2010 Arizona Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet that should be available for download at the last week in April. Printed copies of the booklet should be available at all Department offices and license dealers statewide no later than the second full week in May. To apply for a 2009-10 fall hunt permit-tag, paper applications must be used – no online application service is available.

Applicants should note, there is a new P.O. Box for submitting hunt permit applications and the new address should be reflected on the new envelopes. The new address is Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, PO Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052. However, applications mailed to the old address will be automatically forwarded to the new address.

[Read more…]

No CWD in Arizona


PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports lab tests found no detection of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in any of the 2,343 testable samples from hunter-harvested or road-killed deer and elk during Arizona’s 2008-09 hunting season.


The department has tested approximately 12,500 deer and elk samples since beginning its surveillance program in 1998. None have tested positive for the disease. Although CWD has not yet been found in Arizona, it is present in three neighboring states: Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.


Read the full article here.