Author: Forrest Nelson

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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Tennessee’s Auctioned Elk Tag Nets $13,000 for Conservation

In its ninth year of elk hunting, the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation have once again concluded a successful auction for one coveted elk tag. Issuing a total of eight elk tags for hunters after one of Tennessee’s newly-transplanted elk, one of which is awarded to an NGO (non-governmental agency) for auction.  This year the coveted tag was awarded to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation for the second consecutive year and put out to auction on eBay earlier this month. The auction, which took place for 7 days on the...

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Arizona Fleas Test Positive for Plague

Having an unmistakable effect on human history, particularly through the Middle Ages, evidence of the plague has surfaced in two counties in Arizona.  Testing fleas in the area, officials with both Navajo and Coconino counties have issued warnings about the presence of the disease. Caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the plague takes three main forms in humans: pneumonic, septicemic and bubonic.  While bubonic is the most widely known of the forms, each of them is quite serious in nature.  While there have been no reports of human contraction as of yet, health officials are getting ahead of the...

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North Dakota Drought Conditions Tough on Ducks

The results of North Dakota’s annual mid-July waterfowl production survey are in and they are not as encouraging as many duck hunters would have hoped.  Counting broods across many areas of the state, biologists create what is known as a brood index which simply indicates the number of broods per square mile. This year’s index indicated 3.68 broods per square mile, a number that is a 5 percent decrease from last year’s numbers but remains above the average of 2.59 broods per square mile.  In addition to the fact that brood numbers continue to remain above average, the overall...

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