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Utah Elk Hunting: The Limited Units, Part 1

While I’m not particularly high on many of Utah’s general elk opportunities, their limited elk hunts are generally a different story.  Utah’s limited elk hunts can be further broken down by price: premium limited or standard limited.  At $795 (compared to $388) plus the $65 hunting license, there is quite a large premium charged for these tags.  Still, they are somewhat of a bargain compared to the $1,500 charged for the premium limited tags.  And in reality, your travel expenses will probably exceed the price of the limited tag. Sure it adds up, but the price also tends to weed out more casual applicants.  Even the residents are charged $280 for that tag and $508 for the premium limited.  So if you claim to hunt only for the meat, these tags are obviously not for you.  The premium limited entry tag is not for any kind of a different area, it just allows you to hunt during all of the limited seasons.  Since I’m writing this more for the nonresident who likely has a less than a week to hunt, there’s no really good reason to go for the premium tag.

The Final Tale of a Super Bull

The Grand Forks Herald has a story posted about Ryan Muirhead and a massive bull that he and others rescued. Days later the bull succumbed to its injuries and Ryan was allowed to claim the bull. Ryan took the bull to a taxidermist and was green scored at a staggering 456 4/8.

CNN's Deer in Review

A year never passes with more than a few stories of deer breaking-and-entering, chasing people, and generally causing mayhem. This year CNN has put together a short video of some of the more notable deer bloopers caught on tape.

Kentucky Man Shoots Chupacabra in His Front Yard

Last month we posted that chupacabras are probably just mangy coyotes. However Mark Cothren of Lebanon Junction Kentucky might disagree, he shot and killed an animal that looks remarkably like the mythical "goat sucker". However Mark's chupacabra has whiskers and is much smaller than a coyote. Wave3.com has the complete story.

Oregon DFW May Be Sued Over Black Bear Plan

In legal maneuvering that looks similar to anti-hunting groups in New Jersey, an Oregon wildlife group called "Big Wildlife" filed notice that they intend to sue the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding their black bear management plan. The Mail Tribune has a complete story on the potential lawsuit.

Mountain Lion Nabs Hunter's Buck

Witnessing a cougar in the wild is an unusual event even in areas where the population counts are relatively high. So having a cougar take possession of your game is definitely on the very rare list. The JournalStar.com has the story of Dan Kreitman who went looking for a whitetail buck and came away with a unique story.

Maine's Whitetail Deer Need Help

Maine's deer population has been in decline for some time and heavy snowfall could push the northern population to new lows. The Press Herald has a detailed article discussing the state of Maine's whitetail deer herds and what needs to be done in order to improve the quantity and quality of the deer in the state.

New Colorado State Rep Wants to Allow Early Bear Hunting

Colorado residents will remember that in 1992 voters banned early black bear hunting seasons. Since then the increasing black bear population, has caught the eye of Rep-elect J. Paul Brown a recently elected Republican from Ignacio. According to a brief statement in the Durango Herald, Rep. Brown intends to introduce a bear hunting bill in the next legislative session.

Washington Offering Prizes For Reporting

This year the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is requiring hunters to file different reports for general season and special permit hunts. In order to improve reporting they are definitely taking the "carrot" instead of the "stick" approach. According to the Tacoma News Tribune Washington hunters that file reports have a chance at winning one of nine 2011 special hunting permits.

How Many People Does It Take to Save an Elk?

Elk are big as anyone who has had to pack one out will attest too. Now try moving a live elk trapped in freezing waters. This happened recently in Bend Oregon as reported by KPTV.com and Edmonton Alberta as reported by Global Edmonton.

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