Washington Yakima Elk Herd Up
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently completed its survey of the Yakima elk herd and it appears that the population is about 1,000 head over management goals. According to The News Tribune, the DFW is looking into increasing the number of available elk permits for this upcoming fall.
The presumption would be that more permits would result in a higher harvest, but that's not necessarily the case, said Yakima-based WDFW wildlife biologist Jeff Bernatowicz. Last year's antlerless harvest in the Yakima GMUs was only 97 in the modern firearm, while muzzleloaders drew 495 antlerless permits and took only 62 elk.