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Outdoors blog elk hunting archive


TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2013

SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

Bull elk command a lot of interest, but antlerless elk – cows and calves of the year – outnumber bulls usually by about 4 to 1. (Rich Landers)

Cow elk hunt has its moments for readers

HUNTING -- Numerous comments have come in regarding my Sunday Outdoors feature, "Milking the Cow Elk Tag," a story about what to do with the most coveted permit you never hear a hunter brag about. Following are phrases in the story that are triggering most...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Hunters let biologists examine their mule deer bucks at the Methow check station on opening weekend of the 2012 deer season. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

WDFW details hunting prospects

HUNTING -- Get the skinny on hunting prospects for deer and elk as well as upland birds and other species in the 2013 hunting forecasts posted by The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department. Area wildlife biologists have posted notes on their observatins of eveything from...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson found this bull elk in full bugle on Sept. 19, 2013. (Jaime Johnson)

Bull elk in full concert

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I've heard stories about bowhunters who've been having many close, exciting encounters with bull elk during their September season that coincides with the rut. Just in case the brush was too thick to get a clear shot at what might have been...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

Bull elk pass by a trail cam in mid-August. (courtesy)

Bowhunters getting the itch for elk

HUNTING -- My buddy, Andy, sent me this photo of bull elk passing by his trail cam, which is mounted just 20 yards from his bowhunting blind. Trust me: you can't really imagine how anxious Andy is for the first week of September, unless you're...

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MONDAY, AUG. 26, 2013

TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013

Bull elk polishing horns in August in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Bull elk getting ready for the season

WILDLIFE -- Bull elk are polishing their antlers and getting worked up for the season ahead, as Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson documented yesterday with this photo. Are you getting ready for the season? Is your gear ready? Do you have your territory staked out?...

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MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

On Aug. 30, 2012, birding buff Mike Miller was suprised and pleased to capture photos of a bull elk while hiking around the Oligher Ranch portion of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Telford Recreation Area. (Mike Miller)

Elk forced out of Turnbull finding new range

WILDLIFE -- As hunters are going out scouting for the upcoming big-game seasons, they aren't necessarily looking for elk in traditional places. For instance, the hunting seasons conducted the past two years inside the boundaries of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge have spurred more of the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

After boning out a spike elk with his hunting partner in the Blue Mountains, Jim Kujala gets ready to haul out the meat in four bags along with the skin and the spike antlers on a game cart.  After going a short way cross-country, Kujala and his partner, Rich Landers, were able to pull the cart on old logging roads closed to motor vehicle traffic about 2 miles to a main road near their camp. (Rich Landers)

So you drew an elk tag: now what? 

HUNTING -- I'm feeling pretty smug this week after checking out the special hunting permit lottery results and seeing that I drew a coveted Blue Mountains antlerless elk tag. Most years I wish calamities on camo-clad brethren who draw tags while I sulk in the...

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Idaho elk plan meeting Thursday in CdA

HUNTING -- Idaho Fish and Game is beginning it's process to revise elk management plans with an open house at the Panhandle Region headquarters office from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday (May 2) in Coeur d'Alene. Not to be confused with annual hunting regulations, species management...

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Bulls use so much energy during the fall rut that some of the older male elk struggle to survive through the harsh winter.

Idaho going online for elk plan input 

HUNTING -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has scheduled an online chat, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday (April 10 and 11) for the public to weigh in on the new blueprint for managing the state’s elk herds. The agency’s big-game biologists...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013

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