Elk Hunting News

Higher Bull Tags; Lower Cow Tags
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has decided to reduce non-resident cow elk licenses for the 2002 season to $250, taking the price back to its pre-2001 level when the DOW nearly doubled non-resident tag costs. Meanwhile the DOW increased the bull elk non-resident tags to $470, to "keep pace with inflation". Colorado resident tags will remain at $30 per tag. All hunters may purchase two elk tags in 2002 as long as one of the tags is an antlerless license. The article notes that Colorado's elk herd is roughly 90,000 head over population objectives.
Uncertified Elk Imports Banned
The Division of Wildlife and the Department of Agriculture have agreed to share authority over deer and elk importation into Colorado. The DOW, having established authority, has unanimously decided to ban all importation of elk and deer into Colorado from any facility that has not been proven chronic wasting disease (CWD) free for at least 60 months (5 years). The DOW also prohibited new commercial wildlife parks or new satellite facilities.
Mandatory Harvest Reports
Every sportsman who hunts deer, elk and antelope in Idaho must fill out a mandatory harvest report. It's not only the law, but provides critical information for wildlife managers. Hunters' harvest reports are the backbone to analyzing how many people went hunting, where they hunted and how many were successful. Wildlife biologists rely on this information to manage big game populations and help set hunting seasons for the next year.
Low Harvest May Mean More Elk Licenses Next Year
Warm and dry conditions hampered hunter's success and wildlife officials are estimating that the total 2001 elk harvest could be one of the lowest in 10 years. Last year, hunters took 60,120 elk and this year the harvest is expected to drop to about 40,000 animals. Due to the low harvest, the state is considering increasing the number of antlerless elk licenses available in 2002. Deer license volumes are not expected to change in 2002.
Report Elk Sightings
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks the public to report all elk sightings during November, December and January. The range of elk and their distribution within the range has changed over time, and updated information is needed for planning a population survey.
CWD Management Plans
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has posted an article reviewing their plans for management of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in infected deer herds around the state. The article notes that within infected areas the DOW primary goal is not public hunting, but disease management. The DOW intends to meet a "one-percent or less disease prevalence" in the following areas: northern Boulder County, North/South Larimer County, Northwest of Fort Collins, and around the South Platte Drainage Basin (Logan, Sedgwick, Weld and Morgan counties).
Caution in Bear and Lion Country
The recent death of an elk hunter in western Montana has made all hunters more aware of the tragic consequences of unexpected encounters with grizzly bears and other predatory animals in the wild. The Wildlife, Fish and Parks (FWP) has a number of tips and suggestions to help you avoid contact with bears, lions, and wolves. Some of the suggestions are try to make more noise while hunting, don't hunt alone, and pay attention to signs of predators, such as tracks and scat.
Big Piney and Chimney Butte Hunts
Elk hunters with limited quota licenses in hunt areas 94 and 98 are eligible to sign up for the Big Piney or Chimney Butte hunter management areas and extend their hunting season for antlerless elk to Jan. 31. Only 100 permits (first come, first served) will be issued in Pinedale on November 12th from 8 AM to Noon, so arrive early if you meet the criteria.
CWD Risk Halts Elk Reintroduction
The Missouri Conservation Commission has halted elk reintroduction efforts to safe guard the states deer population. The commission members feared that transplanting elk from the western U.S. may cause chronic wasting disease (CWD) to migrate to Missouri's deer herds. CWD has been found in elk and deer herds across the western U.S. but not in Missouri's populations.
Reward Offered for Elk Poaching Information
In October 2000 a record sized elk was killed illegally in Grove Township. A task force has been convened to investigate the killing and a reward is offered to anybody who has evidence that would lead to the arrest of the killer. The elk was believed to be the largest in the Pennsylvania herd and was featured in a Game Commission video.