If the elk decline were caused by hunters, the department would have taken action three years ago, he said.
The commissioners expressed their frustration with the delay in delisting wolves in Idaho, and authorized Unsworth to continue to gather data and to resubmit the proposal next spring. They also told the department to do everything it can to urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove wolves in Idaho from the endangered species list as soon as possible.
Government red tape. Lolo elk are in trouble big time and Now is the time to take action, actually it was a few years back.
I wish Montana and Idaho hadn't caved in to the feds and stuck with Wyoming by now we could leaglly shoot wolves inside the yellowstone eco system (bacially 100 miles outside of the park boundary) as long as you possessed a tag and outside that area they could be shot as predators.
I don't miss the dinosaurs and I didn't miss the wolf (my $.02)
oops,done with my rant
back to the thread, in the Lolo, the Frank (north and south of the river) should be tags available, no draw, across the counter,
You know if or when they do let a few tags for wolves go it will be a draw or some sort of raffle. Draws will bring in more money and i.m.o. that is really all idaho f&g commisions is about. They have proven that time and time again. I have gone on their web site and read the minutes of many of their meetings and all they talk about is how to raise more money, sell out the non res. tags, ect.
I was told that this is the second year in row that they sold out of non res elk tags, also they sold out of the deer tags last year. Many of these were of course purchased by residents for second tags.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...