Elk Hunting News

New Mexico Man Accused of Poaching 39 Animals

A Taos man with a history of wildlife crimes has been charged with 39 counts of poaching in connection with the illegal killing and possession of 29 deer, five bears, one cougar and four elk through August 2010.

Ray Cortez, 25, also is accused of outfitting without a license and throwing the carcasses of several deer and elk off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing April 19 before Taos Magistrate Betty J. Martinez.

Missouri's First Group of Elk will Arrive End of April

The first group of elk that are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) elk restoration project are scheduled to arrive in the state on April 30. The 34 elk will complete their 90-day quarantine and final health testing in Kentucky before being transported by a semi-driven livestock trailer to Missouri. The elk will be released from Kentucky pending approval by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). The elk also have been fitted with ear tags, microchips and GPS collars.

Idaho Super Hunt Entries Now Available

The deadline to enter the first Super Hunt drawing is May 31.

The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt; and one "Super Hunt Combo" entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

Utah Meetings Will Discuss Permit Numbers for 2011 Seasons

Offering more spike bull elk hunting permits, a few more hard-to-draw mountain goat permits and fewer buck deer permits are among ideas Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will share at upcoming public meetings.

Permits might go up for some species

If you enjoy hunting spike bull elk or mountain goats, you'll probably like permit changes DWR biologists are recommending for 2011.

Wyoming Antler Shed Hunting Season Still Closed

Even though most elk and deer have shed their antlers this year, antler hunters are reminded that the season to collect antlers in much of western Wyoming is closed until April 30.

Following a series of public meetings held in 2009, the Game and Fish Commission enacted a regulation to establish a season for the collection of shed antlers and horns on public lands west of the Continental Divide.

Washington FWC Meeting April 8-9

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on a variety of new hunting rules at a public meeting April 8-9 in Olympia.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will meet both days in room 172 of the Natural Resource Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. in Olympia. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Tennessee WRA Now Accepting Elk Hunt Applications

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will accept applications from April 1 through May 31, 2011 for participation in Tennessee’s third managed elk hunt.

The third elk hunt will be held Oct. 17-21, 2011 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, located off I-75, north of Knoxville. Once again, there will be five Elk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.

Nevada Big Game Apps Deadline April 18th

Applications must be received, either via mail or online by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, to be eligible for the drawing. Hunters that applied online in the past were sent a postcard reminding them it is time to apply. Those hunters who applied on paper through the mail were sent a pre-printed application.

Elk Tags Remain After Initial Draw in Montana - Leftovers on Sale April 18

A voter-approved price increase for some Montana nonresident hunting licenses likely resulted in about 1,200 big game combination licenses remaining for sale after the March 15 application deadline.

About 15,800 nonresidents applied for a total 17,000 big game or elk combination licenses for the upcoming season. That means that every hunter who applied for either the $912 nonresident big game combination license, or the $812 elk combo license, will receive one.

Poaching Tip in Washington Leads to Guilty Plea and Charges in Other Cases

A Kennewick man has pleaded guilty to charges of illegal big-game hunting in the Blue Mountains of Columbia County following an investigation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Jason Locke, 37, pleaded guilty March 9 in Columbia County District Court to poaching a bull elk and using a hunting license illegally. Locke was fined a total of $11,345, including a $6,000 criminal wildlife assessment penalty for taking a trophy-size bull elk.