Posts tagged: moose hunting
HUNTING — Alex Harris of Coeur d'Alene has been putting in for Idaho's once-in-a-lifetime bull moose tag for 10 years and even at that he was lucky to draw a 2013 tag.
Some hunters have applied for decades and are still coming up zip.
So the 37-year-old hunter made his opportunity count.
“I have hunted the St. Joe River drainage in Unit 6 for elk, deer, bear, grouse and turkey since the fall of 1996 and have seen many nice moose in the area where I was lucky enough to spot this monster,” he said in an email with the photo above.
“It is also in the same area that my Aunt and Uncle (my hunting mentors) have taken two 40-plus-inch moose in the past.”
This season was different on all counts, since it was Harris who had the moose tag in his pocket.
He said he'd passed up a few smaller bulls during the early stages of his hunt last week, but couldn’t resist the chance to take this bull — the rack measures 52 inches wide — on Sept 19, the evening of the fifth day of moose season.
“I will be doing a European mount of the head and (wife willing) will be hanging it in our living room,” he said. “I had to go out and purchase a new freezer in anticipation of the meat returning from the butcher. Enjoyed fresh moose tenderloin last night and probably liver and onions by the end of the week.”
Harris's moose-chasing companion found adventure simply by being WITH the holder of a coveted Idaho moose tag:
Hunting partner, heavy lifter, and expert knot tier Jacob Rothrock snapped the photo just before a smaller bull moose charged him trying to get to the newly single cow who had bedded down above us.
HUNTING — Fewer numbers of moose in Idaho have prompted proposals for fewer moose hunting permits as the Idaho Fish and Game Department takes comments on changing moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and rules for 2013-2014.
Proposed changes in moose tags are in response to decreased success rates in past years and fewer moose. However, Fish and Game biologists are proposing an increase in tags and new hunts where moose are doing better.
Proposed changes are posted on the Fish and Game website for review and comment.
The proposals will be submitted along with public comments to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration and action during the annual meeting Jan. 17.
Comments may be entered online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read on for more details.
HUNTING — It's buyer-beware when paying money to an outfitter for a big-game hunt, especially when the deal is made online and payment is in person without going through a safety net such as PayPal or a credit card.
I give examples of hunters who say they've been burned by a Spokane-area man who advertises a hunting service on eBay in today's outdoors column.
One of these disgruntled hunters was able to salvage his trip from California through the generosity of a local man who heard of his plight at a restaurant. I din't have room in the column for “the rest of the story:”
In 2012, Jeff Hunt of Modesto, Calif., and a friend booked a five-day bear hunt. First problem: Local hunting facilitator Sean Siegel had promised that for the price of $1,000, he would set the hunters up with a place to hunt, complete with tree blinds.
“I have it in writing,” Hunt said. “But he sets us up in a ground blind. I'm glassing through the trees at daylight and I see lady doing dishes through her kitchen window. There’s a road right there. Another house. A school bus. I have a .300 Win. Mag and I’m afraid to shoot the thing.”
The clincher: Siegel later gave the men directions to timber company land on Mica Peak, but he never told them they were required to have an Inland Empire Paper Company access permit. A company security guard caught them, booted them off and called Fish and Wildlife police.
”We went to a restaurant, and we’re all pissed off about getting ripped off by this hunting guide, and somebody we don’t know from Adam hears us and offers to take us hunting,” Hunt said.
“The next morning he drives us all the way north near the Canada border and we saw several bears. We didn’t shoot one, but at least we saw some. The best part of our hunting experience was through a guy who wouldn’t take a dime for what he did for us.”
HUNTING — Moose are the largest of North American big-game animals.
But the size of a trophy bull tagged recently by a hunter in the Brooks Range emphasizes that the moose we see in the Inland Northwest are pip-squeaks compared with the Alaskan variety that stand about 7 feet tall at the shoulders.
Bob Condon, 73, of Soldotna, Alaska, was in a remote, fly-in area when he bagged the bull that's sure to make the record books.
The bull weighed more than 1,500 pounds.
The antlers — 10-inches in circumference at the base with a spread of 73 inches and palms large enough to cradle a grown man — weighed 98 pounds alone.
Condon reportedly made a great 400-yard shot, and his comeback from five heart bypass surgeries as well as being attacked by a big bull moose in recent years, is compelling.
Read the full story from the Redoubt Reporter of Soldotna.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Idaho Fish and Game officials have scheduled an Aug. 24-26 conference – with regional and online participation – to get sportsmen and other state citizens to help tackle major challenges facing wildlife management.
The Idaho Wildlife Summit, set in Boise, also will have six concurrent satellite sites including Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston.
Much has changed in the 74 years since Idaho adopted professional wildlife management, says Virgil Moore, department director:
“While 80 percent of Idaho’s wildlife is not hunted or fished, hunters and anglers support most of the cost to manage all species through license and tag fees,” he said. “No general tax revenue goes to manage the wildlife we all enjoy.”
Moore calls the Summit a starting point for exploring broader support for wildlife conservation and wildlife related activities.
The Summit will feature presentations by prominent wildlife and habitat authorities, including The Nature Conservancy. On Aug. 25, participants will gather rotating groups to discuss issues.
Participation is free, but registration is required for on-site attendance. In this area, participants will be seated at North Idaho College.
HUNTING — Idaho will be keeping big tame hunters in suspense for a while.
Results of special drawings for big-game controlled hunt tags will be available in early July on the Idaho Fish and Game Department drawings web page.
Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants by July 10.
Ultimately, hunters must bear the responsibility to determine whether they've been drawn, state officials say.
Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
Winners must buy controlled hunt tags by August 1; any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeit.
Unclaimed and leftover tags from the first drawing will be available in a second application period Aug. 5-15.
After the second drawing, any tags left over are sold over the counter.
Washington already has conducted its special hunt drawings.
HUNTING — Idaho Fish and Game is taking applications for a drawing for 11 leftover moose controlled hunt tags.
The application period runs through June 25. Any tags left over from this drawing will be available first-come first-served beginning July 10.
Read on for a list of the tags.
HUNTING — Washington has completed its drawing for 2012 deer, elk and moose permits. Individual results are available online.
Once again I was NOT SELECTED for any of the half dozen or so hunts I put in for.
What are the odds of that? Should I be surprised?
I'm canceling all plans for Vegas.
HUNTING — Don Gunter of Post Falls had all the tools for going out to fill the coveted Idaho moose tag he drew this year: Rifle, pickup, knives and saws, strong hunting partner…
But he also was prepared for the bigger job of handling a moose.
After passing up three bulls, he finally took this beauty where he could use the winch on his ATV to drag it whole into the back of his pickup.
To complete the job, he had a tractor front loader at home to raise the carcass for skinning.
He looks to be the perfect moose hunting partner for the next guy to draw a tag for an animal that easily weighs 800 pounds.
HUNTING ENFORCEMENT — “I patrolled nearly 2000 miles of back roads during October and encountered fewer elk hunters and far fewer elk camps than in the recent past,” said Jerry Hugo, Idaho Fish and Game Department conservation officer in North Idaho. “Panhandle resident elk camps far outpaced non-resident elk hunting camps this fall.”
But there's been no shortage of poachers, officers say.
Tips are being sought to help nab whomever killed two moose shot and wasted near Cataldo around Oct. 29.
District Officers operated several bull and cow elk decoys during closed seasons in an effort to enforce our current Panhandle big-game regulations.
“I saw and heard from hunters that they were seeing LOTS and LOTS of moose,” Hugo said. “Moose are definitely enjoying the abundance of the new found forage in Unit 6 and are not as vulnerable to severe winter weather conditions as elk and deer are. But the roads make moose far more vulnerable to poachers.
Some hunters might think they're a cut above a poacher by putting out salt licks in Idaho to lure big game. While that's legal in some states, it's illegal in Idaho.
“District Officers found several more salt licks this fall,” Hugo said. “Officers are gathering the locations of every salt lick that we find and we are saving the GPS coordinates. It is unlawful and unfair chase to hunt elk over any form of salt.
“Idaho Geologists assure us that there are NO naturally occurring salt licks in north Idaho. We are currently devising ways to catch these poachers on site.”
HUNTING — Tickets for Washington’s 2012 raffle tag go on sale Tuesday (Nov. 1). The $10 tickets are a good deal, and they make a good gift for a big-game hunter.
The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council is selling the tickets on behalf of the Washington Department of Wildlife. For its efforts, the council gets 10 perecent of the sales to apply to the group’s wildlife conservation efforts.
The state agency earmarks the rest of the money for moose management.
Here are the other details:
Tickets may be purchased by phone, (509) 487-8552, or at the INWC office, 6116 N. Market. A maximum of 3,000 tickets will be sold.
The drawing will be held July 1.
BIG-GAME HUNTING — Todd Klement of Spokane just received the official letter informing him that he'd won the state-sponsored raffle for a coveted 2011 Wasington moose hunting permit.
“I could use any tips or directions on where to start looking,” he said in an email announcing his lucky draw.
“I had forgotten I even bought a raffle ticket until they called me last week. For awhile I thought someone was playing a joke on me until I got the certified letter in the mail.
“The chance at the raffle was only $10 but after my trip to Cabela's last night I see this moose is going to cost me.
“I told the wife I needed new stuff to hunt moose. She rolled her eyes like she always does.”
And he hadn't even got around to mentioning that they'll probably need a bigger freezer.