Archives for September 2009

5 Reasons to Take a Cow Elk

MISSOULA, Mont. Your crosshairs shift undecidedly between a raghorn bull and a big cow, both standing broadside at 60 yards. The elk tag in your pocket makes both animals legal. Which one do you shoot?

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation offers 5 reasons to consider taking the cow:

1. Reducing a herd to fit the carrying capacity of its winter range is a form of habitat
conservation. Culling a calf-producer is more effective population control. Wildlife agencies
issue either-sex tags specifically to encourage hunter harvest of cows.

2. Letting young bulls walk improves your odds for a big, mature bull next year.

3. A more abundant bull population tends to be older which can improve efficiency of the rut.
Result: more bulls surviving winter, higher pregnancy rates in cows, fewer late calves and
better overall herd health.

4. A less abundant cow population tends to be younger, more vigorous and resistant to diseases.

5. As tablefare, cows and calves are generally better.

Hunting remains the primary wildlife management tool today, vital for balancing elk populations within biological and cultural tolerances, says David Allen, Elk Foundation president and CEO.

Habitat conservation, sound management, good hunting, and healthy wildlife they re all tied together. And, more and more, adequate harvest of cow elk is becoming a factor. If you have an either-sex elk tag this fall, consider letting young bulls go and filling your freezer with a fat cow, he said.

RMEF this summer passed the 5.6 million acre mark in habitat conserved or enhanced.

‘Hunt Colorado’ Explores Colorado’s Diverse Game Species

Colorado Division of Wildlife - 300

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. And for hunters, no other state offers as much “spice” as Colorado.

From upland birds and waterfowl to majestic big game animals like elk and bighorn sheep, Colorado’s wild game species are as diverse as the Rocky Mountain landscape.

Colorado’s varied and distinctive hunting opportunities are now featured in “Hunt Colorado,” a new online video from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Filmed in high-definition video and recorded in digital audio, “Hunt Colorado” takes viewers on an entertaining and concise tour of Colorado’s game species. Featured in the seven-minute video are: turkey, quail, grouse, pheasants, ducks, geese, squirrels, rabbits, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk and deer.

“‘Hunt Colorado’ provides a great overview of some of Colorado’s well-known and not so well-known hunts,” said Debbie Lininger, DOW marketing director. “Colorado is famous for its exceptional elk hunting, but I don’t think people realize just how many other amazing opportunities exist right here in our own backyard.” If you’re thinking about a move to Colorado for a many number of reasons you could start your search here for your perfect Colorado home and see what opportunities can be just through your back door.

To play “Hunt Colorado” and other DOW online videos, viewers need a high-speed Internet connection and the latest version of Adobe Flash installed on their computer.

Videos may be accessed directly on the Division’s Web site at:

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:

Avoid Bear Conflicts: Store Food, Garbage Properly


As hunters venture into the woods this fall, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking them to be mindful of their food and garbage.

The same cautions apply to homeowners in bear country.

The past two weeks, local Fish and Game officials have relocated several young bears that have become accustomed to living off garbage and scraps left by campers and even homeowners.   Most bear complaints happen in later summer and early fall when bears are traveling in search of food.

“Anyone who leaves food out are actually baiting in hungry bears,” said Barry Cummings, Fish and Game conservation officer based in Deary. “Bears have a tremendous sense of smell, and once they get used to finding an easy food source, they’ll keep coming back and problems will occur.”

Tips around camp:

  • Keep a clean camp. Pick up garbage and store it in a closed vehicle, bear- resistant container, or in a bag tied high between two trees. Store all food the same way. Coolers are not bear-resistant and never keep food in a tent.
  • Don’t cook near tents or sleeping areas, and never wear the clothes you cook in to bed.
  • Don’t bury food scraps, pour out cooking grease, or leave anything that might be tasty on the ground or in the fire pit. Also, store barbecue grills or other smelly cooking gear inside your vehicle or within a sealed bear resistant container.
  • Make game meat unavailable by hanging it at least 10 feet high and 4 feet from the nearest tree.
  • If you see a bear, watch it from a distance and leave it alone. Black bears are not usually aggressive, but the danger may increase if a bear loses its fear of humans.

Tips around home:

  • Keep garbage in bear-resistant containers or in a closed building.
  • Empty and remove bird feeders during the summer months when songbirds are able to forage on food provided by nature.
  • Clean up fruit that has fallen in your yard. Rotting fruit will attract bears as well as raccoons and skunks.
  • Feed pets inside or during daylight hours; don’t leave pet food or food scraps outside of your home or camp, as it can attract bears, raccoons and skunks.
  • Store horse and livestock grains inside closed barns.
  • Keep barbeque grills stored in closed buildings.

CSF and Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council Awarded Idaho Wolf Tags

Copy of Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus

September 25, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSF) was recently awarded Idaho Wolf Conservation Tag Number One, and the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council (ISCAC) was awarded tag number six for use during the 2009 inaugural gray wolf hunting season.

The commemorative wolf tags, series one through 10, are being released in the inaugural season to recognize wildlife management success and to help promote gray wolf management in Idaho.

“We are grateful to the Idaho Department of Fish & Wildlife for this honor, and CSF is dedicated to optimizing the return on these tags and doing our part to help raise awareness and generate revenue to continue the work of the department in management of the Idaho gray wolf population,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.

The tags were awarded to CSF and ISCAC based on a detailed evaluation of proposals submitted by various sportsmen’s and wildlife conservation groups by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, including potential to maximize revenues for wolf conservation and management on behalf of the Department.

“CSF and the Idaho Sportsmen’s Caucus Advisory Council will play in important role in this commemorative event in state history,” said Cal Groen, Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “Fund raising efforts provided by both organizations will help Idaho generate proceeds for wolf management and raise awareness of another example of how hunters have been the foundation for wildlife conservation and management in North America.”

CSF and ISCAC will auction both tags with the proceeds from the auctions going to Idaho to help offset much of the cost associated with wolf management including population monitoring, law enforcement, public education, enhanced deer/elk/moose monitoring, and research, Idaho’s management of wolves including regulated hunting, to ensure that gray wolves remain a lasting legacy on Idaho’s landscape for future generations.

“We know the wild game hunters who support CSF will push each other out of the way to get this once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt a gray wolf in the beautiful state of Idaho,” said Crane.

The #1 tag is for sale during a live auction at the Richard Childress Wine Wheels and Wildlife event on October 14, 2009. The #6 tag is for sale during the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Annual meeting on October 29, 2009. Phone lines will be available for off-site bidders at both events. For more information about bids towards the wolf tags, please contact Gary Guinn at 202-543-6907 ext. 24.

TRCP Life in the Open Premieres on VERSUS Country on Oct. 4th

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership - TRCP

News for Immediate Release
Sept. 28, 2009
Contact: Katie McKalip, 406-240-9262,

TRCP’s Life in the Open Season Five Premieres
on VERSUS Country on Oct. 4

WASHINGTON  TRCP’s Life in the Open begins its fifth season on VERSUS Country on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. EDT with a combination Sitka blacktail deer hunt and salmon fishing trip in the heart of Alaska’s publicly accessible, 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest.

Brought to you by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in conjunction with VERSUS Network and Orion Multimedia, this series of do-it-yourself adventures “where the road ends and life in the open begins” will air Sundays at 9 a.m. EDT with encore daytime airings on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the year.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, TRCP’s Life in the Open explores today’s pressing fish and wildlife conservation issues while venturing to some of the best hunting and fishing destinations that are both accessible and affordable to hardworking American sportsmen.

Each week, host Ken Barrett transports viewers from their living rooms into the wild to pursue stealthy big game, fast-flying birds and aggressive fish in inspiring destinations across the United States and beyond. This season, viewers will earn about stalking Montana’s big bull elk, braving Alaska’s elements and monster salmon, and calling in javelina in New Mexico. Other adventures will feature pheasants and bruiser bucks in western Kansas, kudu and hartebeest in Africa, striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay and ducks in California’s famed rice fields.

Access is one of the top concerns facing today’s sportsmen and a key ingredient in preserving our outdoor heritage for our children and grandchildren. TRCP’s Life in the Open introduces viewers to the full spectrum of hunting and fishing opportunities available in America with plenty of how-to details along the way, said TRCP President and CEO George Cooper.

TRCP’s Life in the Open is unique among hunting and fishing shows said Barrett. It focuses on accessibility and conservation issues while never losing sight of the real trophy: T.R.’s legacy and the lands and waters that form the basis of our hunting and fishing traditions.

Visit for complete schedule, photos and more.

TRCP’s Life in the Open is made possible in part by the generous support of many of America’s leading trade unions and contractor associations, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Training Fund, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Mechanical Service Contractors of America, National Electrical Contractors Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association Inc., Sheet Metal Workers

International Association, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, United Affiliated Contractors and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters.

Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions
of hunting and fishing.

Can Hunting Be Good For Your Health?

This is a great article to provide us with yet another way to prove that the outdoors is truly good for you!

The article is written by Diane Tipton who is an Information Officer for the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Diane states that hunting can be a healthy workout for the physically fit, but couch potatoes who set out Oct. 25 for the general hunting season with a rifle and an elk license may risk cardiovascular and other health-related issues.

And they are doing something about the situation.

Read the full article here!

Wyoming Seeks to Understand Moose Declines

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking moose hunters to provide information on their hunt and have their harvested animal examined to help wildlife managers better understand the decline of moose populations in Wyoming.

Green River wildlife management coordinator Mark Zornes says that many moose populations throughout the world are declining, especially southern populations (including Shiras Moose in Wyoming). To accommodate the observed decline, Zornes says Wyoming has dramatically decreased moose licenses in recent years and more must be done to better understand and potentially affect this decline.

“No single cause has been identified for these worldwide declines,” Zornes said. “Increased parasite loads and disease are associated with slight temperature increases throughout the range of moose from Wyoming to Norway and Sweden.

Several recent moose mortalities in western Wyoming have been linked to the presence of the parasite Elaephora schneideri, commonly called carotid artery worm. Mule deer are the normal host for this parasite and suffer no ill effects. However, the parasite can be fatal to other big game animals, including moose. This parasite restricts blood flow to the brain and extremities, causing ear tip and nose tissues to die, and ultimately can result in the death of the animal. We have also documented cases of keratoconjunctivitis (pink eye) and one case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in moose.”

In an effort to better understand the prevalence and distribution of these diseases and parasites in Wyoming moose, successful hunters are asked to bring their harvested animal to a WGFD Regional Office or field check station for sample testing. Hunters are encouraged to bring the entire head (skull plate can be removed) out of the field with them for sampling at a check station or regional office.

“If you intend to have a trophy moose mounted by a taxidermist, a WGFD employee will pick the head up at the taxidermist after it has been caped,” Zornes said. “Please call the nearest regional office and let the office manager know which taxidermist you are using. We will call the taxidermist and request the head be held until it can be picked up.”

Check stations are run throughout the state on opening days and weekends during many big game seasons. Hunters are required to stop at every check station they encounter and department personnel can collect samples at these locations.

However, if a check station is not encountered, or a field check is not made, hunters are asked to bring their moose head to the most convenient WGFD regional office. Hunters are asked to call first to ensure that someone will be available to take biological samples upon arrival.
(Contact: Lucy Diggins (307-875-3223)

2009 Nonresident Deer and Elk Tag Quotas

Here is the updated information on the Nonresident Deer & Elk Tag Availability for Idaho Fish and Game.

Note: The number of tags available may have increased due to return of unsold outfitter allocated tags.

Regular/White-tailed Deer 12,015 6,029
White-tailed Deer 1,500 1,500
Zone Elk A & B Tag 10,415 3,103
These tag allotments are taken out of the “Zone Elk A & B” quota and are not additional.
Lolo Zone – B Tag 356 161
Selway Zone – A Tag 254 211
Selway Zone – B Tag 284 9
Middle Fork Zone – A Tag 174 127
Middle Fork Zone – B Tag 267 86
Dworshak Zone – B Tag 215 SOLD OUT
Elk City Zone – B Tag 326 SOLD OUT
Diamond Creek Zone – A Tag* 772 SOLD OUT
Sawtooth Zone – A Tag* 106 28
Sawtooth Zone – B Tag* 265 72
* Added as per commission rules passed at the March 23-24, 2009 Commission Meeting.

Economic Value of Roadless Areas Touted by Sportsmen


Theodore Roosevelt Conservation PartnershipNews for Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2009
Contact: Joel Webster, 406-360-3904,
Economic Value of Roadless Areas Touted by Sportsmen

Hundreds of businesses and groups sign support of Banking on the Backcountry,
promote responsible management of inventoried roadless areas

WASHINGTON As Americans head outdoors to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day, hundreds of sportsmen-focused businesses and organizations are voicing their support of roadless area conservation by signing on to Banking on the Backcountry, a letter emphasizing the economic value of backcountry lands, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership announced today.

The new sportsmen’s coalition is urging the federal government to maintain the maximum acreages of roadless areas on public lands, thereby conserving valuable fish and wildlife habitat, upholding hunting and fishing activities and supporting the sustainable economy that relies on backcountry areas. The Banking on the Backcountry letter is being delivered today to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Fishing and hunting annually contribute more than $190 billion to our nation’s economy, the letter reads. Conscientious backcountry management can maintain strong economic engines in rural communities and continue to supply stable jobs associated with hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

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Badlands Bino Vault


Badlands Packs makes some very nice hunting packs and are very affordable. And I am sure you have seen information about their packs posted on the hunting forums.

There’s one item that most of us could definitely use, the Badlands Bino Vault!

Even if you’re not a hunter, the Bino Vault makes a lot of sense if you spend a lot of time in the outdoors and want to take protect your pricey optics.

The Bino Vault retails for $60 and is available on the website.

View the full article, with a video clip here.