Author: Forrest Nelson

Wyoming Inches Closer to Grizzly Bear Hunt

A lot has changed since the 1970s when hunters were legally able to take aim at grizzly bears in Wyoming. With last year’s de-listing announcement, which was wrought with controversy, Wyoming officials are taking the necessary steps to properly manage the budding population by proposing possible hunting seasons. The Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan Removed from the federal protection afforded by the Endangered Species List, future management of grizzly bears is once again in the hands of the state. As such, a management plan was drafted well ahead of de-listing and was eventually approved in May of 2016. The...

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Look Up! It’s Elk Survey Season in Michigan

With another successful season in the books for Michigan’s elk hunters, the state’s Department of Natural Resources is getting fired up for survey season. With hunter harvest data compiled, officials with Michigan’s wildlife management department are gassing up aerial vessels and are ready to once again assess the elk population. It Wasn’t Always Done This Way We’ve come a long way since the early 1900s in many ways including the way in which we account for big game animals such as elk. Tracing reintroduction efforts back to 1918, Michigan has worked diligently to not only ensure these animals survive...

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“Santa Claus” Delivers an Unbeatable Gift to the QDMA

Depending on your behavior over the preceding 12 months, you and your loved ones likely received a visit from the fella in the big red suit. While some gifts may be incomparable in nature, the gift bestowed upon our friends at the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) was one for the ages. Santa Came Early It was October 2017 when a visitor arrived at the QDMA National Office unannounced demanding to speak with someone at the top of the organization’s depth chart. When asked by the receptionist how he would like to be addressed to upper management, the visitor...

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Mouth Disease Infiltrating Yellowstone Bighorns

Scabbed lips and exposed teeth are taking away from the beauty of some of Yellowstone’s most majestic residents. Five bighorn sheep in the park have been sporting the frightening appearance after an outbreak of sore mouth disease in the region. Officials with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the National Park Service have stated that the outbreak, while not aesthetically pleasing, is not a huge cause for concern. No Selfies Found relatively commonly sore mouth does not usually prove to be fatal for those infected. This said, the disease is transmittable to humans, so officials are reminding people not...

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Montana CWD Hunt Sells Out in 3 Hours

If there was ever a doubt Montana and area hunters would pass up an opportunity to extend their hunt while aiding in the fight against chronic wasting disease, it’s long since passed. As part of a special CWD hunt, set to kick off on Friday, Montana officials released 1,200 special B hunting licenses for sale on Monday morning. Slashing any doubts as to whether or not hunters would participate, the 1,200 tags sold out within a few hours. Time is of the Essence With six confirmed cases in Bridger area, officials worked tirelessly to put the plan together that...

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