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HUNTING — The number of bull permits offered in Idaho’s Unit 11 is expected to drop following recent elk surveys that show a decline in both bulls and calves there, according to Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune.
The unit south of Lewiston is sometimes called Waha for the small community there, or simply Craig Mountain, after the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management area. It is a trophy bull-hunting destination and its abundant elk population has supported a popular cow hunt. People must win a permit in the state’s controlled hunt lottery to hunt there.
Winning a bull permit may be harder to do this year. Bull numbers have taken a sharp dive since the last survey in 2009.
“Bull numbers fell to 222 from 367, which is a substantial decline,” said Jay Crenshaw, regional wildlife manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston. “But to put that in perspective, in 2002 when we flew, we had 220 bulls, so we kind of fell back to 2002 levels.”
Read on for more of Barker's report.
HUNTING — Winter elk surveys are being hindered in the Idaho Panhandle by poor visibility and flying conditions.
But Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager, says he has enough information to at least predict there's little hope that elk calf survival has increased enough to improve hunting seasons that were scaled back last year.
Click continue reading to see Hayden's detailed update on the ratios of elk calves per 100 cows in Idaho Panhandle game management units.