Archives for March 2010

Breaks & Bear’s Paw Elk Results

Recent aerial surveys of elk populations in the Region 6 portions of the Missouri River Breaks and the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre indicate a slight decrease in the Breaks and a sizable increase in animals in the mountain section.

The surveys are conducted by managers in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 6. According to Glasgow-based biologist Kelvin Johnson, more than 2,900 elk were counted in the Breaks section this year. That represents a 5 percent decrease since the last complete survey took place in 2008 — where more than 3,100 animals were documented — and a 30 percent decrease since the highest count on record – more than 4,200 animals — was observed in 2006. [Read more…]

Montana Big Game Regulations

Run, don’t walk, to your local license agent and stock up on Montana’s 2010 big game regulations.

The always anticipated moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat, as well as deer, elk and antelope regulations are being delivered around the state this week.

Besides looking to see if the quotas, dates or regulations have changed for deer, elk or antelope, check out page 4 to see what’s new statewide. On page 5 are the 2010 season dates and application deadlines. Statewide highlights are on page 2 of the moose, sheep and goat regulations.

The regulations have been out since mid-March on the FWP web site: But it’s also nice to have the hard copy in hand.

Applications for permits and licenses are also on the web site, as well as at all license agents.

Danner, Elk Foundation Announce Partnership

MISSOULA, Mont.–Aligning the company’s passion for the outdoors and interest in preserving America’s hunting legacy, Danner Boots has entered a renewed partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The partnership will incorporate traditional sponsorship of fundraising events and promotions such as the RMEF Great Elk Tour, advertising in RMEF publications and broadcasts, and leveraging a mutual relationship with Cameron Hanes, host of the RMEF television program “Elk Chronicles” on Outdoor Channel. All of these allow Danner to help accelerate the RMEF mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. [Read more…]

Elk Hunting University

Kim Herfut of Elk Hunting University (EHU) offers the critical 5 Ps of a successful elk hunt in the March 23 lesson of EHU.  Did you know the license application deadline is just eight days away, Tuesday April 6th! Justin Gindlesperger of Elk Hunting University has added some food for thought about purchasing a license in his article released today.  It is Spring Break at EHU; make sure you are back at class on April 12th, when we will discuss using technology to aid in your scouting and hunting planning for the fall.

Monitor Wolf Populations Online


With the coming of spring, state wildlife officials remind hikers, black bear hunters and others in the outdoors that they can use the Internet to help monitor Montana wolves.

“Over the past several years, some of our best wolf-related information sources have been   hunters, landowners, and many others who spend time in the outdoors,” said Ken McDonald, chief of the wildlife bureau for Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

Black bear hunters will head afield beginning April 15, many Montanans enjoy scouting national forests for shed antlers, and many others are still enjoying Montana’s snowmobile trails. “Some of those folks will see wolves or wolf sign,” McDonald said. “We want them to know there’s an easy way to tell FWP when they see a wolf or wolf activity.” [Read more…]

April Deer Class Scheduled

I would like to pass along this announce from Jack in what is probably his final ‘deer hunting for locavores’ class that will be open to the general public until this fall and perhaps indefinitely (depending on how my various obligations shape up). This is a two day course running on April 10th & 11th.

After April he will still be continuing to offer the course most likely through group bookings only. For example, a New York City paleo diet group is coming down for a class in May. He will also be doing a series of 3 hour workshops to benefit Slow Food chapters in cities around the US and Canada. Anyone representing such a group or Slow Food chapter is encouraged to email Jack.

Read the full article here!

Bighorn Sheep Back In South Platte

DENVER, Colo. —Eight years after the Hayman burn scorched 138,000 acres of land, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has transplanted Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep into their historic habitat.

Nine female and three male bighorn sheep from the Rampart Range herd near Colorado Springs were released within the perimeter of the burn on January 11th and 12th of this year.  This area is adjacent to habitat occupied by the Tarryall-Kenosha Mountains bighorn sheep herd. [Read more…]

Exciting New Program to Defend Sportsmen’s Rights

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RMEF Grants for Colorado Conservation Projects

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wildlife conservation projects in 14 Colorado counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $146,250, will affect Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Las Animas, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Rio Blanco and San Miguel counties.

“These grants are possible because of the successful banquets and fundraisers staged over the past year by our Colorado volunteers–most of whom are elk hunters as well as devoted conservationists,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Since 1984, our annual grants have helped complete 502 different projects in Colorado with a combined value of more than $115 million.” [Read more…]

ID Commission Adopts Big Game Seasons

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday morning adopted big game seasons for 2010 with few changes.

New this year were caps on some elk tags, allowing youth hunters to hunt in both A and B tag elk hunts and easing black bear and mountain lion hunts in some units to include electronic calls and increased bag limits. [Read more…]