Super Hunt Fees, Drawing Simplified

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Idaho Fish and Game is changing the way it conducts the Super Hunt – starting with the first drawing next year, it will all be done electronically.

The Super Hunt is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose tags.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.

Last year, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission changed the price of Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo entries in an effort to simplify sales for the fundraising drawings.

The change has allowed electronic sales, instant processing and eliminated the need for filling out tickets by hand. Entries are no longer sold in packages. The simplified pricing allows the purchase of any number and combination of Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo entries.

The first Super Hunt entry will cost $6. Additional entries purchased at the same time will cost $4 each. The Super Hunt Combo entries work the same way. The first one costs $20, and each additional entry purchased at the same time will cost $16.

The drawings will be done by a computer, similar to the way controlled hunts are drawn.

The first Super Hunt drawing is in June when entries are drawn for eight elk, eight deer and eight antelope hunts as well as one moose hunt. One Super Hunt Combo entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunts for one each elk, deer, antelope and moose.

The second drawing is in August with two winners for elk, two for deer, two for antelope and one for a moose along with another Super Hunt Combo winner.

Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose, including general and controlled hunts.

Entries can be bought online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/superhunt/, at license vendors and Fish and Game offices, by phone at 800-554-8685 or 800-824-3729, or by mail at: IDFG License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

Money from the drawings supports the Access Yes! program, which compensates landowners who provide hunter, angler and trapper access to or across private land.

For information about this program contact local Fish and Game officials or visit the Website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/accessyesguide.aspx.

Wyoming Added 50,000 Acres To Walk In Hunting Areas

 

Wyoming hunters will have more than 50,000 new acres of walk-in access to private lands this year and four new Hunter Management Areas that offer hunting for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators.

The complete list of 2009 Hunter Management and Walk-In Areas is now available on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Web site. The list includes hundreds of thousands of acres of public access available throughout much of Wyoming.

In all, Wyoming’s Hunter Management and Walk-In Area programs provide access to more than two million acres of public and private lands.

Of note this year are the addition of four new hunter management areas and more than 50,000 new acres of access added to the 700,000 acres already provided through the Walk-in Area program.

The new Hunter Management Areas (HMA) are found in Johnson, Carbon, Albany and Hot Springs counties and are provided courtesy of agreements with PacifiCorp, M&M, McFarlane and the Little V-H ranches. The new acreage provided through the Walk-In Area program includes terrain in several counties, mostly in eastern Wyoming.

“These companies and landowners should be commended for their key role in the good stewardship of these lands,” Gov. Dave Freudenthal said. “As we all know, particularly in the eastern half of our state, access is a prized commodity. We understand that these folks don’t take granting access lightly, and we sure appreciate their willingness to participate in this program which provides such an important benefit to the hunting public.”

Public land access coordinator Matt Buhler said the Game and Fish thanks PacifiCorp and other landowners for their contributions to habitat, sound wildlife management and hunter access.

“The hunter access program is only successful thanks to the efforts of companies like PacifiCorp that own large acreage of land and the many private ranchers and farmers who also participate in the program.” Buhler said. “We have been greatly encouraged by the reception we have received from private companies and landowners to provide places for people to hunt. The amount of access has been increasing every year and it is those who own the land that deserve the credit.”

Buhler said Hunter Management Areas differ from Walk-In Areas in that a permit must be obtained to hunt. “To use one of the 44 Hunter Management Areas, a physical permission slip can be obtained on-line or at Game and Fish offices,” Buhler said.

Details on obtaining HMA permits and accessing some of the 850,000 acres available through that program can be obtained by calling (307) 777-4600 or on the Game and Fish Web site. A listing of ranch rules and the license types that are valid in each of the Hunter Management and Walk-in Areas is also available on the Web site. Hunters should be aware that rules governing use of HMAs can vary with the different areas.

“In some of the areas, permits are unlimited,” Buhler said. “In others, they are limited and a drawing is held to issue the Hunter Management Area permits.” Hunters can begin applying for most HMA permits on July 14.

Walk-In Areas provide hunting opportunity for big game including elk, deer and antelope as well as a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl and small game and predators. The Walk-in Atlas lists the species that can be hunted within each area and the dates when individual walk-in areas can be accessed. Printed copies of the Walk-in Area Atlas will be available in August.

The Walk-in Program is funded to a large extent by the Game and Fish Department’s AccessYes Program through contributions of anglers and hunters usually at the time of license purchase and application.

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Super Hunt Winners Announced

 

 

 

 

Winners in the first of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings were picked Monday, June 15.

 

One Super Hunt Combo ticket was drawn that entitles the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, antelope and moose. Twenty-five other winners were picked for single species with tags for eight elk, eight deer and eight antelope hunts as well as one moose hunt. Winners can participate in any open hunt this fall, following the rules for the hunts they choose, for example, archery-only or muzzleloader-hunts.

 

The official winners in the June 15 drawing are:

Super Hunt Combo:

  • Brett Harris, Pocatello.

Deer:

  • David Posey, Meridian.
  • Jack Jones, Burley.
  • Joshua Anderson, Folsom, Calif.
  • Arie Roeloffs, Wendell.
  • Chaun Demars, Becker, Minn.
  • Ronald Santucci, Eagle.
  • Bryan Hedrick, Santa Paula, Calif.
  • Matt Bell, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Elk:

  • Jonathan Roth, Middleton.
  • Sean Burch, Nampa.
  • Philip Nell, Hanover, Penn.
  • Collin Griffiths, Missoula, Mont.
  • Steven Moser, New Plymouth.
  • Levi Cloud, Napa, Calif.
  • Mark Caywood, Hailey.
  • Jeremy Wassell, Lewiston.

Pronghorn:

  • Kyle Poppleton, Twin Falls.
  • Ryan Turpin, Meridian.
  • Lonie Austin, Princeton.
  • Larry Hoff, Middleton
  • Michael King, Rexburg.
  • John Robinson, Kuna.
  • Gerald Young, West Point, Calif.
  • Cameron Oler, Twin Falls.

Moose:

  • Mark Cornelius, Kinston, Tasmania (Australia).
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A second drawing will be August 17. Tickets for two elk, two deer, two antelope and one moose along with another Super Hunt Combo will be drawn.

 

Entries for the second Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at Fish and Game no later than August 10. Mail entries to IDFG License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

 

Tickets are available online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/superhunt, at license vendors and Fish and Game offices, or by phone at 800-554-8685 or 800-824-3729.

 

Money from the sale of tickets for the Super Hunt-described as “the hunt of a lifetime”-supports the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners to provide hunter and angler access to or across private land.

 

For information about this program contact local Fish and Game officials or visit the Website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/accessyesguide.aspx