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Friday - December 14, 2012

Colorado Elk Season 2012

 

Two friends and I set out this year to fill our first ever bull elk tags in Colorado. I've hunted elk in the past in other states, but this was our first time hunting second season outside of Durango, Colorado. {Story Spoiler!} We saw very few elk and no one harvested a bull. But learning the area and getting great exercise was everywhere we went.

Friday - December 14, 2012

Colorado Elk Season 2012

 

Tuesday - July 17, 2012

Where is the best place to take a trophy bull elk? It’s the same question that is on the minds of every hunter hitting the elk country this year. Everyone has their honey hole, and their opinion of what state or location has the best and the biggest elk. If you check the record books, there are a few places that stand out time after time for producing some giant bulls.

Tuesday - June 12, 2012

Last season, we all observed the effects of the nationwide drought on wildlife. Fortunately, we had one of the mildest winters ever to compensate and that resulted in very low winter mortality rates in game animals. Now this year, although somewhat better, we are still in a cycle of drought, and we can expect to see many of the things we saw last year with some new twists.

Tuesday - April 17, 2012

With the early spring thaw, the National Elk Refuge has stopped the supplemental feeding of the elk on March 28th. Without the food enticing the animals to stay there, bison and elk have started heading back toward the Grand Teton National Park. It is a normal seasonal thing with the animals usually moving during the worst visibility times of the day; dawn and dusk.

Saturday - March 31, 2012

The Black Hills area of South Dakota has two main big game animal populations, elk and mountain lion. They were the key topics discussed at a public meeting. About 40 people came to speak out to the upper management of the South Dakota GF&P, because they believe the GF&P is lying to them. Lying about the actual depredation of elk by the mountain lions. The public believes that the GF&P gives out too many cow elk tags and not enough mountain lion tags. The elk herds seem to be dwindling, and the number of mountain lions grows.

Tuesday - March 13, 2012

At least 9 elk from a farm in Saskatchewan have escaped through a fence cut by vandals. The farm is close to the Manitoba border and the elk are believed to be in Manitoba now. The province has issued an order for conservation officials to use whatever means to find the elk and to kill them. Farmed elk are believed to carry CWD, and the fear of that spreading to the wild animals of Manitoba is enough to have all people on the lookout for these 9 escaped elk.

Thursday - March 8, 2012

A portion of the study on the elk in Custer State Park, South Dakota, utilizes a helicopter crew. The helicopter crew will go in first and dart some cow elk, then return and pick up the researchers. When the researchers reach the sedated cow elk, they fit them with implants and radio collars to track their movement, and when they calve in the spring the researchers then also radio collar the calves.

This year after tranquilizing one cow elk, the pilot told the researchers they wouldn't believe it but a mountain lion was trying to make lunch out of one of the drugged animals. Actually it was very believable though, as this is exactly what happened last year.

Wednesday - February 22, 2012

When Kansas Rep. Anthony Brown first saw the bill to allow crossbow hunting for deer, elk, antelope and wild turkey - he voted no. That was Tuesday morning, by Wednesday he was ready to change his vote. Tuesday evening driving home in his truck he collided with a large doe. The responding officer said this was his second deer related car accident that night. With this new insight Brown went in Wednesday with a yes vote on the crossbow bill.

Wednesday - February 15, 2012

If you've been following the story on the bull elk that escaped from a farm in Greene County, Pennsylvania, here is some more to the story.

Kentucky Game and Wildlife biologists came up to West Virginia to assist with tranquilizing and transporting the elk to the West Virginia Wildlife Center. Kentucky has an elk population, and their biologists were better equipped for handling this elk.