Elk Hunting News

Kentucky Fish And Wildlife Commission Proposes Elk Hunting Modifications

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting Dec. 2 proposed issuing 900 quota hunt elk permits for the 2012-2013 elk seasons. Commission members also voted to modify some deer, small game and furbearer regulations.

The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly and approves all expenditures by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. All recommendations must be approved by legislators before they become law.

Idaho F&G Seeks Information on Elk Poaching East of Idaho Falls

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking help from the public regarding a poaching incident that occurred about three miles from the Kepps Crossing area east of Idaho Falls.

The incident involved a spike elk that was killed in the area of the Bulls Fork road about three miles from Kepps Crossing. The individuals involved killed four elk. Two cows, a calf and a spike. They recovered all the meat that was required, but the problem was that they killed a spike in a cow only hunt.

Deer, Elk Harvest Finishes Behind Last Year in Northwest Montana

Whitetail deer harvest picked up during the last two weekends of the deer and elk hunting season but still finished behind last year’s totals.

According to FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams, the number of whitetail deer, mule deer, and elk checked were down from last year. “The results at our check stations are an indication that deer and elk populations are still down throughout northwest Montana. We’ll know the details of total harvest for each hunting district after the telephone hunter surveys are completed this spring.”

Protect Crops from Winter Wildlife Damage in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding agricultural producers to inspect their fences and enclosures as a precaution to prevent winter damage from wildlife.
Every winter, deer and elk look for haystacks, orchards, nurseries and even barns in search of easy meals, explained Mark Caddy, game damage coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Arizona Proposed 2012 Elk and Pronghorn Hunt Recommendations are Now Posted Online for Public Review

The public can now view the proposed hunt recommendations for Arizona’s 2012 elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management seasons by visiting the website.

Extra Elk Licenses, More Liberal Regulations Now in Effect for Elk Areas 6 and 108 Wyoming

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has enacted an emergency elk regulation in an effort to get increased harvest in elk areas 6 between Cheyenne and Laramie and 108 south of Rawlins.

Down Under Poaching Suspects Sentenced in Idaho

What began as an Idaho big game hunting trip for three Australians ended abruptly Tuesday in Elmore County court where two of the men learned that hunting in most of the United States is no longer an option.

All three paid thousands of dollars in fines and restitution, while forfeiting two hunting rifles before the long plane trip back home.

Preview the 2012 Arizona Elk and Pronghorn Hunt Recommendations at Open Houses

The proposed hunt recommendations for Arizona’s 2012 elk, pronghorn antelope, and population management seasons are anticipated to be available for public review beginning Nov. 19 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website.

Oklahoma Online Hunter Check Station Brings New-found Convenience to Checking in Big Game

Many hunters have already experienced the convenience of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Check Station Web Portal, which allows sportsmen to check in their harvested deer, turkey and elk electronically. It is simple and fast, requiring only a computer or mobile device with Internet access.

Hunters can print a carcass tag from a printer or simply write their confirmation number on the field tag that they made when they harvested the animal.

Bull Elk Season Sees Record Harvest in Nebraska

The bull elk hunting season closed Oct. 23 for the majority of the state, with a record 91 bulls harvested. Only the Boyd Unit, where three bull permits were issued, remains open. So far, 80 percent of the hunters who had a bull or either-sex 2011 Nebraska elk hunting permit have shot a bull.

Twenty-seven cow elk have been harvested this year to date, and the cow elk season closes Dec. 21 for every unit but Boyd, which has six cow permits and is open until Dec. 31 for both cows and bulls.