Author: Forrest Nelson

Two Women Hospitalized, Elk Euthanized After Attack

In the second story in as many weeks involving a rutting bull elk and innocent bystanders has surfaced, this time out of Estes Park, Colorado. The western town, known for it’s booming population of elk who often roam the town’s streets made headlines last week after reports surfaced of an aggressive bull attacking a pair of women on Thursday. As blood-curdling screams were heard, officials scrambled to treat the injured women, gored from the attack, and search for the animal, previously known for his temperamental behavior. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife representatives, the animal was eventually located and...

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Rare Case of Rabies in Whitetail Deer Found in North Carolina

With much of the disease-ridden news surrounding whitetail populations across the country focused on hemorrhagic disease (HD) and chronic wasting disease (CWD), some “highly unusual” news has surfaced in North Carolina. With warmer temperatures continuing in much of the east, cases of HD have been popping up in Tennesse, Kentucky and many other states as carcasses of dead deer are turning up around watering holes in many of the affected regions. On the heels of this bad news and as we await the year’s first frost to kill off the mites that transmit the disease to deer, the North...

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Idaho Fish and Game Predicts Lower Mule Deer Harvest in 2017

The bad news surrounding last year’s harsh winter continues in Idaho as many begin preparations for this year’s upcoming hunts, despite the recent good news coming out of neighboring Montana. As most already know, the conditions experienced across much of the American West last winter have taken a toll on deer populations as biologists attempt to assess the damage and forecast what that will mean for hunters in 2017. With record-producing deer harvests over the past couple of years, Idaho is quickly becoming a hunting hotspot, particularly for out-of-state hunters.  For the first time since 2008, nonresident deer tags...

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Elk Hunting on Colorado’s Rabbit Mountain Set to Begin in September

The announcement of a limited elk hunt on Boulder County’s Rabbit Mountain was made back in June as population levels have gone through the roof in recent years. Only a decade ago, there were an estimated 25 elk residing on the mountain, fast forward to present day and biologists are pegging the population of elk in the neighborhood of 350 animals.  Put to a vote by county voters, a staggering 73 percent of the 605 Boulder County voters supported the idea of a hunt to cull the population. With fears of the long-term effects the large mammals could have...

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Despite Tough Winter, Montana’s Deer Populations Above Average

A warm fall quickly followed by one of the harshest winters in recent memory led hunters and state biologists in Montana to believe that the effects would be catastrophic for Montana’s deer populations. Turns out, they were wrong. Except for the northwest portion of the state, mule deer in Montana escaped the year relatively unscathed according to the state’s Wildlife and Parks game management bureau chief. “In most of the state the winterkill was minimal, really not bad,” John Vore, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game management bureau chief told Helena IR. “But in the northwest part of the...

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