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Hunt Elk? Colorado Wants You!

The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is ramping up what may be the nation's first effort by a state agency to recruit more elk hunters. According to the Denver Post from 2005-2008, the state sold 37,000 fewer elk licenses and the DOW is starting a significant marketing campaign to raise awareness of elk hunting potential in Colorado.

Bidder Pays $265,000 For Utah Mule Deer Tag

Antelope Island at 28,000 acres is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake and is also a Utah state park. This year the high bidder paid $265,000 for a single mule deer buck tag on the island at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo. A similar bighorn tag fetched $50,000. The Salt Lake Tribune has a write up on the hunt, the auction, and how the auction money will be used.

Feds Could Pay Idaho DFG to Monitor Wolves

Last fall Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter announced that the state would no longer manage the states wolves for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After the announcement the FWS quickly moved in to take over management in Idaho. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the FWS is now considering paying the DFG or another agency to monitor Idaho wolves.

Idaho Receives Tenative Approval of Lolo Wolf Cull

Back in October, the Idaho Fish and Game submitted a request to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to kill at least 40 - 50 wolves in the Lolo elk management zone. According to the Helena Independent Record, the plan has received a initial green light although the plan is not final.

New Maine Deer Management Plan Features Deer Feeding

As we have mentioned in the past, Maine's deer population is well under objective and its been the subject of discussion for some time. Sen. David Trahan, R-Waldoboro is nearing the unveiling of a new deer management plan that will involve systematic winter feeding of deer. Deer feeding can be controversial, and the Maine Sunday Telegraph has a good write up on the pros and cons to any wide spread feeding program.

South Dakota Bow Hunter Takes Mountain Lion

The Rapid City Journal has a lengthy write up on the bowhunting prowess of Sean Fulton a native of Rapid City. Successfully hunting mountain lion is hard, calling one in is even harder, and calling one into bow range and then completing the shot is downright amazing.

Four Minnesota Counties Ban Deer Feeding

In an effort to stop the transmission of recently discovered Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in southeastern Minnesota, the DNR is banning all feeding in four counties around Pine Island. Those counties are Dodge, Goodhue, Olmsted and Wabasha and the Star Tribune has a brief write up on the new regulations.

Montana FWP Kicks Off Study of Bitterroot Elk Survival

The Montana FWP plans to start a three year study to understand why elk calf survival has been falling in recent years. The assumption is the declines are predator related; however the study plans to illuminate a definitive cause. The Missoulian has a write up on the planned study, time frame and the costs.

Ocelot Photographed in Southern Arizona

An individual called Game and Fish on February 8th to report that while he was working in his yard in the Huachuca Mountains, his dogs began barking at a cat-like animal which quickly climbed a tree. The individual drew closer and suspected that the small spotted cat might be an ocelot. The man called Game and Fish and an officer responded to the site and confirmed that it was, in fact, an ocelot.

Kentucky Charity Elk Hunting Permits in Question

It appears that a complaint has been filed and ethics infractions may have occurred surrounding the awarding of rare Kentucky Elk hunting permits. Up to 10 elk hunting permits are donated to various non-profits throughout the year and they are then auctioned to the highest bidder potentially generating as much as $100,000 per permit. has a full write up on the investigation.

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