EHU: Plan B

The Big Game limited license drawing is complete and successful applicants are receiving their 2010 licenses.  But what if you did not apply or were not successful in the limited drawing this year? Take a look at the short article by Jim Bulger on developing Plan B for the 2010 elk season. You may be surprised at the options still available.

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Big Game Tags Still Available in Wyoming

Even though most big game seasons have already come and gone, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports that some areas are still open and have licenses available for residents and nonresidents.

For deer, the area with the most licenses is nonresident Region A (hunt areas 1-6) in the Black Hills area in the northeast portion of the state. More than 700 nonresident Region A licenses are available for that area as well as numerous reduced price doe/fawn licenses that may be purchased in addition to the regular price licenses that allow the taking of a buck.  Residents can hunt that region with a general license.  The season in Region A opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 30 in hunt areas 1-3, and until Nov. 20 in areas 4-6.  For type 6 doe licenses, hunt areas 1-6 are open until Nov. 30.

Other nonresident regions with licenses remaining include Region J in the southeast and Region M in north central Wyoming.  Seasons in these regions vary with the individual hunt area but some areas still have open seasons until Oct. 31 while others are open until Nov. 4 for general license holders.

Antelope seasons in the northeast overlap many of the deer seasons in the Black Hills.  Antelope areas 1-5 are open now and will close on Nov. 20.  Antelope hunters should also be aware that seasons in many other areas in northeast Wyoming still have licenses available with most seasons staying open until Oct. 31.

Many of the licenses are in areas that are predominantly private land.  Hunters are advised to check with the Game and Fish if uncertain about land status or access in the area they plan to hunt.

For elk, a number of areas still have antlerless licenses available and for hunters holding general licenses, many areas in the western part of the state will be open Nov. 1 for antlerless elk hunting once the season allowing the taking of bull elk closes.

Hunters can check regulations for seasons that are still open and the Game and Fish Web site for license availability and season dates in the various hunt areas.  Hunters can also call the WGFD at (307) 777-4600 for more information.

Hunters Can File Harvest Reports Electronically


Big game hunters must file mandatory harvest reports.

All deer, elk and antelope hunters must complete and submit a report for each tag issued within 10 days of harvest or within 10 days of the close of the season for which their tag was valid.

The easiest way is to submit the harvest report card online at, and click on the logo below the photo. Or go to and use your hunting license number or tag number and the first four letters of your last name.

Submitting online is the surest way to have hunt information included and the only way to get confirmation that the report was received.

Reports also may be mailed to: Idaho Fish and Game, Hunter Harvest Reports, P.O. Box 70007, Boise, ID 83707-0107 or called in toll-free at 1-877-268-9365 or faxed to 775-423-0799.

Big Challenges in Montana

Recent studies report that the public perception toward elk, deer and antelope is gradually shifting throughout the Rockies; landowners and urban dwellers often have opposing attitudes toward large ungulates; and Montana’s human population is expected to triple in 50 years.

Those changes create a perfect storm for big game managers, for whom hunting is the main method of keeping populations in check.

Shifting perceptions mean that more people are viewing big game — particularly elk — as an animal in need of protection instead of as a food source. The anticipated population growth means more encroachment on big game habitat, prompting more opportunities for human-wildlife conflict.

More and more private land is becoming off limits to hunting, due either to urban sprawl or to large ranch owners who no longer allow hunters to shoot game on their property, which means fewer animals harvested during hunting seasons.

Big Game Rules For 2009 On The Web



The Idaho big game hunting seasons and rules brochure for 2009 seasons is available now from Fish and Game and on the Website.


The rules brochure is available at The same brochure is in the printing process and copies will be available at license vendors and Fish and Game offices statewide by mid-April.


The primary changes this year include some new caps on general season elk tags, making pronghorn archery seasons unlimited controlled hunts this year, and the game management unit boundaries are back in the book this year.


In March the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted hunting season dates on wolves statewide, pending removal of wolves in Idaho from the endangered species list, which would take effect May 4.

The seasons in the Lolo and Sawtooth zones would run from September 1 through March 31. In the Selway and Middle Fork zones, the seasons would run from September 15 through December 31, and elsewhere from October 1 through December 31.


Commissioners would set harvest quotas in August.


Hunters will notice no other sweeping changes in the big game seasons for this year, but adjustments have been made in all regions of Idaho, so attention to the rules for specific areas is important. The brochure explains general and controlled hunts.


The big game controlled hunt application period runs from May 1 through June 5.