Oregon DIY Archery Deer-Elk Hunt

Oregon DIY Archery Deer-Elk Hunt

The following Oregon private land archery deer/elk hunt is available! [Read more…]

Archery Mule Deer Rut Special

If you are in the hunt for a late season archery Mulei hunt, the great team over at Outdoors International have an early Christmas present for you!


Major Deer and Elk Hunting Changes

If you enjoy hunting deer or elk in Utah, you need to take note ideas are being floated that could dramatically change when the hunts are held in 2011.

You can learn about the possible changes—and let the Division of Wildlife Resources know what you think about its ideas—by logging onto a new webpage.

The page is available at the DWR’s website. The address is go.usa.gov/3v4.

When you arrive at the page, you’ll find information about the proposed changes. You’ll also find a brief questionnaire. Answering the questionnaire will allow biologists to know what you think about the ideas. [Read more…]

State Results and Deadlines

Draw Results:
Colorado Elk draw results are posted. Results are posted on Colorado’s website http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/DrawResultsAndPrefPoints/. We expect Colorado Deer draw results to be posted later this week.

Idaho Sheep, Moose, and Goat draw results are posted. Results are posted on Idaho’s website http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/ch/msg.cfm.

Kansas Deer draw results are posted. Results are posted on Kansas’ website https://www1.ks.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.

Let us know if you drew and we will add you to the Member Draw and send you a list of members that have drawn previously or an outfitter if you are interested in one. [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!

Tips Needed in Downtown Havre Poaching Case

State authorities are seeking the party or parties responsible for illegally shooting a mule deer doe behind a downtown apartment building in Havre earlier this week and leaving it to rot.

Havre Game Warden Wes Oedekoven said a complaint about the downed deer, left on a hillside behind the Eagles Manor Apartments at 20 3 rd Street West, was received about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Oedekoven said the animal had been shot in the head with a small-caliber firearm. It was determined that the shooting had taken place within 12 hours of the deer being found.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Oedekoven directly at (406) 262-2407 or they can contact FWP’s Turn In Poachers program at 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Elk Harvest During 2009 Season Up From Last Year, Below 5 Year Average in SW Montana

Harvest of elk and white-tailed deer during the 2009 general big game season in southwest Montana was up from 2008, but below the five-year average. Harvest of mule deer was lower than in 2008, as well as below the five-year average.

Overall eight percent of hunters checked game through the six check stations with 616 elk, 254 mule deer, and 110 white-tailed deer. About 12,319 hunters stopped at a check station.

In 2008, hunters checked 482 elk, 299 mule deer, and 87 white-tailed deer. About seven percent of 11,789 hunters who passed through a check station had game.

2009 season totals for hunter numbers and harvest of elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer were down from the five-year average of 15,068 hunters, 732 elk, 435 mule deer, and 140 white-tailed deer. The percentage of hunters with was less than a percentage point below the five-year average of 8.7 percent.

2009 Check stations season summary
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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 fwp.mt.gov under Public Notices. Public comment on the wording of the new rule will be accepted through Dec. 4 by email to: hworsech@mt.gov , 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.

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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