Elk Hunting News

Acclaimed Filmmakers Show Hunting as “Elegant”

Elk hunter and mountain athlete Mark Seacat has long believed that the primal act of hunting is, at its core, quite beautiful. Now he and director Christopher Murphy think they’ve proven it.  They’ve created what they call an “elegant and authentic hunting story” with their new short film, Searching for West.

Three Men Convicted in Montana Poaching Case

Three men were recently convicted of several poaching-related offenses stemming from incidents occurring late last fall in the London Hills near Cardwell in Madison County. Fish, Wildlife and Parks Enforcement investigated the case uncovering three illegally taken elk, several instances of trespassing, and waste of game among other violations.

Revised Plan Will Allow a Few More Elk in Utah

Wildlife biologists have received approval to manage Utah for a few more elk in the coming years.

On June 6, members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved revisions to Utah’s elk management plan.  The revisions will allow the state’s elk population to be managed for up to 70,965 elk.  The current objective is 68,825 elk.

Restored Kentucky Elk Populations Being Shared with Other States

Now that Kentucky’s elk population has been successfully restored, the state is unafraid to share its “natural” wealth. While Wisconsin is still rewriting its elk management plan and hoping to receive elk from Kentucky soon, elk restoration is already underway in southwestern Virginia with support from Kentucky.

Colorado PWC Hunt License Numbers for 2012

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved big game hunting license numbers on Thursday for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Agency staff utilized herd population estimates to recommend reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears. According to a 2008 study, big game hunting in Colorado provides more than $430 million per year in economic impact to the state and supports 4,660 jobs in the state.

Controlled Hunts Application Deadline Looming in Oklahoma

May 15 is the deadline for hunters to complete and submit their applications for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s controlled hunts drawings.

Michigan Elk and Bear License Application Period Now Open

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to apply for their Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses now through June 1. Hunters may apply online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings or at any retail license agent.

There are 200 elk licenses available for the 2012 hunting season, divided evenly between hunts in August/September and December. The August/September hunt is designed to target elk outside the primary elk range before these elk move for the breeding season. The December hunt will occur in the core elk range and also allows additional harvest outside the core area.

A Mother-Son Bond is Formed on Wyoming’s Call of the Wild Today on Sportsman Channel

There is a nothing like the adrenaline rush of a first hunt – especially when it’s an elk hunt.  Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American sportsman, is proud to give viewers an up-close view of a very unique “first hunt” on Wyoming’s Call of the Wild. There is nothing ordinary about this elk hunt as a mother of four and her son experience hunting for the very first time at the spectacular Wagonhound Ranch in Douglas, WY.  The results are “spot-on” and you can watch Wyoming’s Call of the Wild on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. EST.

Idaho Application Period for Controlled Hunts Opens May 1

The application period for this fall's deer, elk, pronghorn, fall black bear and fall turkey controlled hunts starts Tuesday, May 1, and runs through June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2012 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Mule Deer Foundation Partners to Purchase Habitat in Southeast Washington

Earlier this month, the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife negotiated a deal to conserve 1,144 acres in the southeast corner of the state and open it up to public access. The Mule Deer Foundation and other conservation groups contributed money toward the purchase price of $624,500, in conjunction with a sizeable federal grant for the protection of critical habitat that supports threatened and endangered species.