Archives for November 2009

Elk Foundation Grants to Benefit 19 Utah Counties

MISSOULA, Mont.–Nineteen Utah counties are slated for wildlife habitat conservation projects using $262,462 in new grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The 2009 RMEF grants will affect Cache, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington and Wayne counties.

All grants are funded by proceeds from Utah hunting permits sold at RMEF fundraisers.

“Thanks to our volunteers across Utah who helped drive the 2008 fundraisers that made these grants possible. When Elk Foundation banquets, auctions and other events transform into on-the-ground conservation work, it’s payday for all of our supporters who are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors,” said David Allen, Elk Foundation president and CEO.

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Commission Extends Wolf Seasons in Most Zones


The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday, November 19, extended wolf hunting seasons in all Idaho wolf zones not already closed to March 31.

Harvest limits and other restrictions were not changed.

The seasons would be extended to March 31 in the Panhandle, Palouse-Hells Canyon, Selway, Middle Fork, Salmon, Southern, and South Idaho zones, which had been set to close December 31. The seasons already were set to close March 31 in the Lolo and Sawtooth zones.

Hunters will need a 2010 wolf tag, in addition to a 2010 hunting license for hunts after December 31.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game set wolf harvest limits by 12 zones. The season closes in each zone when the limit for that zone is reached, or when the statewide limit of 220 wolves is reached.

As of Thursday, November 19, the statewide harvest was 110.

Wolf seasons already have closed in the Dworshak-Elk City wolf zone in north Idaho, the McCall-Weiser zone in west central Idaho, and the Upper Snake zone in eastern Idaho.

Three zones are nearing the harvest limit. The Palouse-Hells Canyon zone is two short of the limit of five; the Southern Mountains, where the limit is 10, is three short; and the Middle Fork zone, with a limit of 17, is four short.

Wolf hunters are reminded to check the harvest limit in the wolf hunting zones they intend to hunt. To find out whether a zone is open, call 877-872-3190. The Fish and Game wolf harvest Web page is updated less frequently, but provides a zone map and other useful information:

Hunters are required by state law to report within 24 hours of harvesting a wolf, and they must present the hide and skull to a Fish and Game conservation officer or regional office within five days.

FWP’s Foys Bend Property To Open To Limited Public Hunting


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ recently acquired 245-acre Foys Bend Fisheries Conservation Area east of Kalispell will be open to limited permission-only public hunting starting Friday November 27 th. Deer, upland bird and waterfowl hunting will be available through the end of the big game season on November 29. Deer hunting is limited to use of shotgun, muzzleloader, traditional handgun, cross bow, or archery. After November 29, the area will be open to upland bird and waterfowl hunting through January 15, 2010 based on standard Montana hunting regulations.

Because of the anticipated high demand for deer hunting, allocation of permission will be by a drawing system for the remainder of the big game season. Hunters should come to the FWP office in Kalispell on Tuesday November 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to sign up for the drawing that will be held shortly after 9 a.m. Hunters must be present to be drawn for a spot. After the big game season hunters will be able to sign up on a first-come-first-served basis. Hunter numbers are restricted to one party of no more than four people per day, and any one individual may access the property as a hunter or a party member only one day/week and not on consecutive days.

For more information, contact FWP at 752-5501.

New Opportunity For Nonresident Hunters

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission has tentatively adopted a new rule for the sale of nonresident big game combination licenses that increases opportunities for resident and nonresident family members to hunt together.

The new rule implements HB 585 passed during the 2009 legislative session to help promote the state’s hunting heritage. It makes an additional 500 nonresident deer and elk and 500 nonresident deer combination licenses available to former Montana residents with family members who reside in the state and hunt here. The license fee would be the same as similar nonresident combination licenses obtained through the annual drawing.

“Nonresident applicants for these licenses must be sponsored by a family member with a valid Montana hunting license who will accompany them in the field on the hunt,” said Hank Worsech, FWP licensing Bureau Chief.

Worsech said if more applications are received for the license than there are licenses available, a drawing would be conducted to issue the licenses and any unsuccessful applicants would be placed in the appropriate general nonresident combination license drawing.

The proposed deadline to apply for the license would be March 15, 2010.

For details on the new rule, go to the FWP Web site at under Public Notices. Public comment on the wording of the new rule will be accepted through Dec. 4 by email to: , or   via mail to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Licensing Division, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

The FWP Commission is scheduled to make the new rule final at its meeting Dec. 10, 2009.

Outdoor Life Honors Elk Foundation Founders

MISSOULA, Mont. Outdoor Life has named two founders of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to a list of 25 people who’ve had the greatest positive impact on hunting, fishing and conservation.

RMEF icons Bob Munson and Charlie Decker are part of the magazine’s third annual O.L. 25 list honoring leaders, innovators, conservationists and unsung heroes.

Photos and bios appear in the December/January 2010 edition of Outdoor Life.

Online voting for fan favorites lasts through late December at

Outdoor Life Editor-in-Chief Todd Smith said, when we step into the woods or wade into a clear mountain stream, we rarely stop to think about the many people who have made enjoying that experience possible. Yet there are thousands who devote their time, talents and energies to building this way of life we call hunting and fishing. Most are just ordinary sportsmen who’ve done extraordinary things and Bob Munson and Charlie Decker are perfect examples.

In 1984, Munson and Decker led a charge to launch a conservation organization focused on habitat for elk and other wildlife. Now 25 years later, RMEF is one of the nation’s most effective wildlife outfits, having conserved or enhanced more than 5.6 million acres and helped restore elk herds to historic range across the country.

RMEF has over 150,000 members in 500 chapters nationwide and a volunteer force that donates countless hours each year to fundraising and on-the-ground conservation efforts.

We owe it all to Charlie and Bob, said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. They started this movement, took personal risks and made sacrifices to see it through tough times, and continue to serve on our board. They are the Elk Foundation’s heart and soul.

Munson works in sales for MunsonWorks, a Lynnwood, Wash., firm specializing in inclined elevators. Decker owns and operates Decker Logging of Libby, Mont.

Front Elk Harvest Up, Deer Average And Below

Elk hunters on the Rocky Mountain Front are doing well three weeks into Montana’s five-week, big game season, according to data collected by Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The elk harvest as collected at FWP’s Augusta check station is about 25 percent above the 10-year average.

Through the third week of the five-week deer and elk general season hunters have taken 200 elk. The 10-year average is 151.

Part of the reason could be hunter effort.

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Elk Harvest Strong, Deer Harvest Below Average During Fourth Weekend in Southwest Montana

Harvest of elk was strong during the fourth weekend of the 2009 general big game season in southwest Montana. Deer harvest was below average.

Overall 7.7 percent of hunters checked game through the six check stations with 107 elk, 38 mule deer, and 15 white-tailed deer. About 2,076 hunters stopped at a southwest Montana check station.

“The colder temperatures and snow got the elk moving and helped hunters harvest more of them,” said FWP Regional Wildlife Manager Kurt Alt.

Divide check station south of Butte saw the greatest percentage of hunters with game. Twelve percent of hunters checked game through the station with 27 elk, six mule deer, and one white-tailed deer.

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Calling All Screamers: Enter the Super Bowl of Elk Calling

MISSOULA, Mont.—If you’re a screamer, bugler, grunter or chuckler, you may have what it takes to win the Super Bowl of elk calling, March 4-7, 2010, in Reno, Nev.

Competition is open to the public in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold 2010 World Elk Calling Championships. The event will be held as part of the annual RMEF Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.

Featured in recent years by The New York Times and CBS Sunday Morning, the competition will return to Reno following a 2009 stint in Fort Worth, Texas.

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$11,000 Reward in Grizzly Poaching

Grizzly BearState and federal officials have increased the reward in a grizzly poaching case on the Rocky Mountain Front to $11,000.

“We’re still looking for leads,” says Mike Martin, Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden captain.

The large grizzly bear was shot in late July near Swift Dam Road west of Dupuyer. [Read more…]

So You Want To See and Hear About Hunting Mule Deer in Real Time?


FMP Bowcast

Do you want to see and hear about hunting mule deer in South East Colorado –  in “real-time?  Then make sure and tune in to starting November 18th as Aneal Roney and Matt Hogue from BowCast tell us through semi-live audio and video podcasts what they are experiencing in the field.  BowCast is welcoming you in to join this hunt – for 5 days straight!

Tune in beginning November 18th on to see video of the animals they are seeing, tech tips along the way, and every other aspect of their hunt with guide Miles Fedinec from outfitter Outdoor Expeditions.

Aneal and Matt will be hunting during the mule deer rut in South Eastern Colorado.  This time of year the bucks are moving and Aneal and Matt will be talking to you about the equipment and tactics they are using to increase their success in the field.

These live feeds should make for an exciting week on BowCast.  Make it a point to check in, especially if you are thinking about hunting out west in the future for big game!

To learn more about where these BowCast Pro-staff will be hunting visit Atkinson Expeditions.

Important Links for “BowCast In The Field” beginning November 18, 2009:

The BowCast Blog

BowCast Video

The BowCast Team