Elk Hunting News

Arizona Elk and Pronghorn Applications Due Feb. 8th

Hunters seeking a chance to hunt Arizona's coveted elk or pronghorn antelope are running out of time to submit a paper application to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for a chance at the limited permits issued through the drawing process.

The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 by 7 p.m. (MST) - postmarks do not count. There is no online application process.

Utah Big Game Apps Accepted Starting Feb. 1st

If you enjoy hunting big game in Utah, a time you wait for all year is almost here. Starting Feb. 1, you can apply for a permit to hunt big game animals in 2011.

"Big game hunting in Utah is very popular with people across the country," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "We expect to receive about 280,000 applications this year."

Start applying on Feb. 1

Missouri Elk Restoration Underway

Missouri's elk-restoration effort took a significant step forward Jan. 7 with the delivery of its first elk.

Workers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFW) captured a juvenile bull. Of the bulls captured as part of trapping efforts, only calves and spike bulls will be used for Missouri's restoration program, because mature bull elk with branched antlers are more difficult to handle and more likely to injure themselves or other captured elk.

Montana Man Pleads Guilty in Idaho Elk Poaching Case

A Montana man entered a guilty plea before Fourth Judicial District Judge Patrick Owen in Boise County court Thursday, January 13.

Gary A. Parrett, 36, of Great Falls, Mont., was charged with taking two bull elk in a closed season, the wanton waste of two bull elk, and hunting elk without the proper tag. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful possession of two or more big game animals within a 12 month period. The remaining misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

Ontario Planning 1st Elk Hunt in Over 100 Years

The first elk hunt in Ontario in more than a century will be held in the Bancroft-North Hastings area this upcoming fall.

The elk population in the area has flourished and continues to grow at a healthy rate since being reintroduced to the province 10 years ago. The elk hunt will help manage the population in this area, and will be carefully harmonized to ensure a long-term sustainable elk population.

Pennsylvania Elk Still CWD Free

Samples taken from the 41 hunter-killed elk during the state's 2010 hunting season have all tested negative for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and tuberculosis, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's wildlife veterinarian.

Montana FWP Commission Considers Lower Elk Quotas

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will consider limiting elk hunting licenses in two Madison Valley hunting districts to address overharvest on public lands.

The proposal for hunting districts 360 and 362 is in response to elk population declines. The recent 2010 hunting season showed record high harvests in these districts, in part due to unusually severe winter weather, which resulted in a further dip in elk numbers.

Wyoming Resident Online Applications Now Open for Deer, Elk, and Antelope

Starting Jan. 1st - residents can now apply online for elk, deer and antelope licenses. This is a departure from previous years when resident applications for these species were only accepted during the month of May.

License section manager Jean Cole said the early application period is for online applications only. "Hunters who wish to submit paper applications for elk, deer and antelope must still wait until the May application period," Cole said. "But, online applications for elk, deer and antelope will be accepted from Jan. 1 through May 31."

New Mexico DGF Publishes 2011-2012 Big Game Booklet

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has just published the new Big Game and Trapper Rules and Information Booklet for 2011-2012.

Kentucky to Provide Elk to Missouri for Elk Restoration

Elk from Kentucky will begin arriving in the Show-Me State this coming spring, and preparations to trap and transport the animals are proceeding rapidly, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

In October, the Conservation Commission directed MDC staff to restore elk to a 346-square-mile area in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. The first step in implementing the plan was to find a state willing to share its elk.