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At 68 years old, Jerry Barron is, in his words, “too damned old to be climbing up mountains in the cold and snow.” But he rose to the occasion this fall after winning Washington’s raffle tag for a once-in-a-lifetime bighorn sheep hunt.
Elk in Idaho’s Panhandle units tend to be doing better than most other regions of the state during the wolf reintroduction era, despite a tough winter in 2008-2009. The numbers of cow elk, for example, are higher than the numbers game managers peg as optimum and the ratio of calf elk improved this year in most areas, said Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife manager.
The costs could be high for new options in Washington and Montana that allow hunters to submit multiple applications for big-game hunting permits. Savings accounts could take a beating. Ditto for a hunter’s work, marriage and ego.
Big-game hunters who enter Washington’s lottery drawings for 2010 special-hunt permits will have new twists to figure into their application strategies. The Fish and Wildlife Commission last week approved a new drawing structure that allows hunters to apply for separate drawings in up to seven categories for a single species.