Archives for July 2009

Winning Elk Hunt Bid


Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency


Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – Andy Miller is going elk hunting and he’d best be a good shot. The privilege to take part in Tennessee’s first elk hunt in more than 150 years is costing him $17,700.

Miller, of Franklin, was the successful bidder for a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency permit sold on eBay.

Four other permits for the Oct. 19-23 hunt were awarded in an earlier random computer drawing from nearly 13,000 applications.

The spot Miller claimed was donated to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, which promotes wildlife habitat conservation. The group put the permit on the Internet auction site to raise funds.

The hunt will take place on private land near the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

You get all the information here.

Early Elk Season Opens Saturday



Boise, Idaho (AP) – The early elk hunting season opens Saturday in parts of Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the so-called green-field hunts in the Palouse, Salmon, Lemhi, Beaverhead, and Pioneer zones are designed to help farmers reduce damage to their crops caused by hungry elk.

The early archery and any-elk hunts also start Aug. 1 in the Snake River elk zone, as well as limited seasons in Weiser and Owyhee-South Hills zones.

Hunters must have a valid hunting license and tag in their possession.

Get all the information here.

Most Successful Deer Hunt in California


California Deer Association


For the sixth straight year the California Deer Association (CDA) is sponsoring its Sharing the Tradition Junior Deer Hunt. Twenty-five junior deer hunters will have a chance to go on a free, fully-guided antlerless deer hunt on the famous Tejon Ranch. CDA is sponsoring these hunts in cooperation with Tejon Ranch, which at 270,000 acres is the largest privately owned ranch in California. Juniors and their accompanying adult will stay in one of Tejon Ranch’s lodges.

Junior hunters will be selected in a free, random drawing open to any junior hunter with a 2009 California junior hunting license and an unfilled deer tag. In addition, the following sponsors will supply the 25 lucky juniors with ammunition from Federal Premium Ammunition and Barnes Bullets, binoculars from Alpen Optics, and hunting gear from Hunter’s Specialties and Birchwood Casey.

A total of 90 juniors have already participated in the prior year hunts. Over 90% of them had never taken a deer before. Their success rate for these hunts has been an unbelievable 98.8%.

Entry applications must be received by October 14, 2009. Hunts will take place in the second half of December.

The 2009 Sharing the Tradition hunt applications and rules can be found at the following 2 websites:
California Deer Association:
California Fish & Game:

About CDA: The California Deer Association was founded in 1996, with its principal goal to improve California deer herds and other wildlife through direct financial support for habitat improvement and research projects. Since its inception, CDA has raised more than $3,000,000 to fund over 300 projects in California. CDA currently has 23 chapters with over 6,000 members. For more information on the California Deer Association, telephone toll free (888) 499-DEER or check their website at

Maryland Events, Projects Draw Elk Foundation Grants



MISSOULA, Mont.—Wild elk haven’t roamed the Maryland countryside in over a century, but the species remains an inspiration to the state’s Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation members. These devoted conservationists raise money to ensure the future of elk in other states—and fund public education efforts at home.

Nine Maryland counties including Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Garrett, Hartford, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s are slated for conservation education events using $10,158 in new grants from the Elk Foundation.

Four additional projects have statewide interest.

David Allen, president and CEO of the Montana-based Elk Foundation, said, “Our volunteers and members in Maryland helped drive the 2008 fundraisers that made these grants possible. This is where Elk Foundation banquets, auctions and other events transform into on-the-ground conservation and education work, and its part of the payday for supporters who are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors.”

RMEF grants will help fund the following Maryland projects, listed by county:

Anne Arundel County—Sponsor Kids & Cops 2009 Youth Field Day in Pasadena to introduce youths to safe hunting and fishing.

Baltimore City—Sponsor Upper Bay Greenwing Youth Event hosted by Ducks Unlimited in Baltimore to build interest in conservation and outdoor recreation.

Caroline County—Sponsor Maryland 2009 National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor in Henderson to introduce the public to hunting, fishing, sport shooting and conservation.

Cecil County—Sponsor Northern Chesapeake Sportsmen for Kids 2009 Field Day in North East to introduce youths to hunting, fishing, sport shooting and conservation.

Charles County—Sponsor Patuxent Sportsmen for Kids 2009 Youth Field Day in Waldorf to introduce youths to conservation and outdoor recreation.

Garrett County—Sponsor Cecil County Forest Conservancy college-credit conference in Sudlersville for high school students interested in a career in forestry or natural resource management (also affects Montgomery and Garrett counties).

Hartford County—Sponsor Mason-Dixon Outfitters 2009 Youth Hunt Day in Pylesville to introduce youths to conservation and hunting, including an actual bird hunt.

Montgomery County—Sponsor Maryland 2009 National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration in Germantown to introduce the public to outdoor recreation and conservation.

Queen Anne’s County—Sponsor Maryland 2009 Junior Hunter Field Day in Sudlersville to provide youths with opportunities to learn from Maryland Department of Natural Resources professionals (also affects Montgomery and Garrett counties).

Statewide—Sponsor the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, which assists the Maryland Legislative Caucus in advancing issues related to hunting, fishing, sport shooting and conservation; sponsor Maryland Natural Resource Police Wildlife Display, a mobile exhibit that will appear at fairs and other events to educate the public about native species; sponsor Maryland National Archery in the Schools for 2009-2010 to introduce students to archery; provide support for redesigned Maryland RMEF Web site as a resource for hunters and conservationists.

Since 1984, the Elk Foundation and its partners have completed more than 54 education and conservation projects in Maryland with a value of more than $440,000.

Partners for 2009 projects in Maryland include the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, local sportsmen associations, retailers and conservation organizations.

Support from Maryland RMEF members helped reintroduce elk into parts of their historic range in Kentucky, Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Those herds are now expanding into Virginia and West Virginia. Pennsylvania also has a thriving elk herd. Funding from Maryland is currently helping to build a new Elk Country Visitor Center in central Pennsylvania, which will be the largest elk viewing and conservation education facility in the eastern U.S.

County Continues to Push for Road through Nature Preserve


Greener Loudoun

 Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve remains under a serious threat by the County plan to realign The Woods Road through the County’s own prized nature preserve.

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve

The idea of cutting a public road through the last remaining forest in the county has been debated for a long time.  What apparently began as “an arbitrary line on a drawing” has become the center of controversy, as the County staff pursues carving off a part of Banshee Reeks to accommodate a landfill expansion.

Now is the time to voice your opinion on “Keeping Loudoun County Green!”

Read more on this issue here.

Sheep and Deer Draw Results




Arizona Game and Fish Department posted the draw results for sheep and deer late Friday afternoon.

No sheep tag for me, as expected and just points for deer.

Check your results online at

Elk and Bobcat Application Deadlines


Pennsylvania Game Commission


Hunters and trappers seeking to participate in Pennsylvania’s upcoming bobcat seasons have until Sept. 1 to submit an application via the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS) to be included in the public drawing to award 1,780 permits. This can be done at any issuing agent or through the “Buy Your Hunting License Now” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Game Commission’s website. There is no paper application process this year.

There is a $5.70 non-refundable application fee to be entered into the drawing. Details on the season can be found on page 76 of the 2009-10 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting & Trapping Regulations.

On Sept. 11, the 1,780 permits will be selected during a computerized drawing, which will be open to the public, at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit off Interstate 81. Those selected will receive their bobcat permit by U.S. mail in early October. The bobcat hunting season will take place Oct. 24 through Feb. 20. The bobcat trapping season will be held from Oct. 25 through Feb. 21.

The season will be open only in Wildlife Management Units 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4D and 4E. To participate in this restricted opportunity, an individual must have a resident or nonresident furtaker license, a resident or nonresident junior combination license or resident senior combination license, and a bobcat hunting-trapping permit.

Those who received a bobcat permit last year are not eligible for this year’s drawing. Only one application per person will be accepted, and PALS will prohibit an individual from submitting more than one application.

As part of the preference point system established by the agency in 2003, consecutive applications are not required to maintain previously earned preference points, but those points can be activated only in years that an individual submits an application. For instance, if an individual has six preference points, but does not enter the 2009 drawing, he/she will not have any chances in the upcoming drawing.

However, their preference points will remain on hold until they apply again. Once a hunter or trapper is awarded a bobcat permit, the individual’s preference points will revert to zero.

Based on the accumulation of preference points, the Game Commission will automatically award a bobcat permit to those applicants who have six preference points (five previous points plus a point for their 2009 application). Once the individuals who have automatically earned a bobcat permit are determined, the remainder will be awarded by computerized drawing.



Hunters looking to participate in this year’s Pennsylvania elk season have until Aug. 28 to submit an application through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS). This can be done at any issuing agent or through the “Buy Your Hunting License Now” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. There is no paper application process this year.

Applicants must pay a $10.70 non-refundable application fee to be included in the drawing. Details on the elk season and drawing are available on pages 89-91 of the 2009-10 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is provided to license buyers.

On Sept. 11, the Game Commission will hold a public, computerized drawing in the auditorium of its Harrisburg headquarters. At that time, the agency will award the 59 elk licenses, the first 20 drawn will receive an antlered license and the next 39 drawn will receive an antlerless license.

By law, only one application is permitted per person, and PALS will prohibit an individual from submitting more than one application.

Individuals are not required to purchase a resident or nonresident general hunting license to apply for the drawing. However, if they are drawn for one of the elk licenses, hunters then will be required to purchase the appropriate resident or nonresident general hunting license and view the elk hunt orientation video produced by the Game Commission before being permitted to purchase the elk license. The elk license fees are $25 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.

There is no cap, or limit, for the number of licenses that may be awarded to nonresidents. Individuals who were not awarded an elk license in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008 have six preference points heading into this year’s drawing if they submit an application this year, and will have their name entered into the drawing seven times (six preference points plus the point for this year’s application).

As part of the preference point system established by the agency in 2003, consecutive applications are not required to maintain previously earned preference points, but those points can be activated only in years that a hunter submits an application. For instance, if a hunter has six preference points, but does not enter the 2009 drawing, he/she will not have any chances in the upcoming drawing. However, their preference points will remain on hold until they apply again. Once a hunter is awarded an elk license – either an antlered or antlerless elk license – the hunter’s preference points will revert to zero.

Those applying for an elk license can choose either an antlered or antlerless elk license, or they may select both categories on their application. For those who select “antlered only,” if they are drawn after the antlered licenses are allocated, they will not receive an elk license. For those who do receive an antlered elk license, they will not be permitted to re-apply for future elk hunting opportunities for five years. However, those who received an antlerless elk license in any of the previous hunts may submit an application this year.

Applicants also have the opportunity to identify their elk hunt zone preference, or they may select “any.” If drawn and their preference hunt zone is filled, applicants will be assigned a specific area by the Game Commission. To assist applicants in making this decision, information about the elk hunt zones, as well as an elk harvest map depicting the locations of every elk taken by hunters since 2001, are posted on the agency’s website (, and can be viewed by clicking on the “Take a Chance on an Elk Hunt” icon in the center of the homepage.

New Credit Card Helps Conservation with Each Purchase


A new credit card program allows conservationists to support wildlife habitat with each purchase. The special Visa card offers a competitive rate and no annual fee, with 1 percent of all charged purchases donated by Capital One(R) to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

In addition, the Elk Foundation will receive $25 when cardholders make their first purchase, regardless of the amount charged.

The card comes in three designs featuring images of elk, habitat and/or the RMEF logo.

For more information, visit

Credit cards are often a convenient financial way to pay for everyday purchases such as gas, groceries, and other goods and services. Moreover, credit cards can also be a great resource for larger purchases such as TVs, travel packages, and jewelry, or any other items where the funds for these items are not always immediately at our disposal. Applying for one will cause you to instantly realize the sheer mass of companies that are out there offering credit cards to customers but you’ll have to do a bit of digging to find the cream of the crop. This may lead you to Atlantic union bank who will help you to pick a card most suited to you.

That being said, if you are going to be using a credit card, it is important to be mindful of the risks and most importantly the possibility of debt, especially if you are not able to pay back what you borrow. Some credit cards can charge high rates of interest and this can build up quickly if you do not pay the balance off.

Consequently, if you would like to learn more about navigating the complex world of credit card debts, it might be worthwhile researching some of the different debt negotiation services out there.

Rod Triepke, chief operations officer for RMEF has said that the card is a way to support wildlife and habitat conservation with no additional money out of pocket. Whether you use the card for fuel, meals, big-ticket items or daily essentials, 1 percent will come back to the Elk Foundation.

Triepke also said the new credit card program could mean significant dollars for the Elk Foundation mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. To date, the organization has protected or enhanced more than 5.6 million acres.

Elk Country Athlete: 5 Ways to Train for Better Hunting

MISSOULA, Mont.—Wilderness elk hunting is an athletic endeavor but you don’t need to kill yourself getting in shape. Cameron Hanes, fitness and bowhunting authority as well as TV show host and columnist for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, says moderation in exercise is a key for most hunters.

“You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to build up amazing endurance, but you do have to get started with some sort of workout regimen. Every day you spend in inactivity, you get weaker. Every day that elk move through high country, they get stronger. And the longer you wait to exercise, the wider the gap grows,” said Hanes. You might want to purchase some pre workout to energize yourself for your next hunt, and have a better shot at being able to keep up with the elk.

Here are five ways to start closing the gap.

1. Try a “commercial workout” when you’re sitting around watching TV. Do push-ups and sit-ups during the commercials. Over the summer months, this exercise can make a big difference.

2. If you’ve been doing nothing recently, there’s no point in running. Going overboard right out of the gate will only make you too sore, cause you to hurt yourself or burnout quickly. Go for a brisk walk instead. Walk for 10 minutes and slowly jog for five. Do this back-to-back for 30 minutes, four times a week, for a couple of weeks. Slowly begin to lengthen the overall workout, and then start increasing the jogging time.

3. You needn’t spend tons of time. If you’re at your ideal weight, you need just 30 minutes per day of exercise, minimum. If weight loss is a concern, experts say it takes an hour of exercise each day to lose weight without going on a diet. Thirty minutes will do for weight loss if you both diet and exercise.

4. Hard workouts are not always better. Some of the world’s greatest athletes exercise at “conversation pace,” meaning their pace is easy enough to have a conversation while running. Even many Olympians workout at a comfortable pace 90 percent of the time. As you get into shape, try long (45 minutes or more) comfortable workouts three or four days a week. Then, one day a week, do a harder fast-paced workout.

5. Mix it up. Add some variety to your walking and jogging with cross-training and lifting weights—but keep in mind that almost everything you do in elk hunting begins and ends with your legs. Throw on your pack and climb hills or bleachers. Get on a bike. In the weight room, emphasize squats and lunges. Lots of reps are more important than heavy weights, because for elk hunting you need lean muscle, not size.

When hunting season arrives, Hanes says, remember to pace yourself. The endurance you’ve built over the summer will allow you hunt longer, not necessarily faster or harder. Many hunters tend to overexert at first and hit the wall quickly. Slow, steady hunting for longer periods gives you your best chance to take an elk.

While he admits it’s not for everyone, Hanes prepares for elk season by training for and competing in ultramarathons, races up to 100 miles or more across high-elevation trails. His advice on workouts for hunters spans from basic suggestions for average people to highly technical info for elite athletes in elk country.

Hanes serves RMEF as host of “Elk Chronicles” on Outdoor Channel and as a columnist for “Bugle” magazine. His second book, “Backcountry Bowhunting, A Guide to the Wild Side and is currently in its fifth printing.

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