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Old School: Elk hunter Jim Kujala gets the job done

Classically clad from head to toe in wool – shirt, pant, hat and gloves – the hunter is as quiet as a cougar slipping through the undergrowth in the timber. Six-foot-two and lean as a herd bull after a tough winter, Jim Kujala seems to feel, breath and think like an elk.

Landowner uses tractor to ‘totally’ disable elk poacher’s pickup

POACHING -- Public sentiment is clearly behind the landowner who used his tractor to, shall we say, immobilize the pickup of elk poachers who were trespassing. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police are hesitant to say that's the proper way to respond. There could...

Gun encourages self-defense claim in shooting of wolf

PREDATORS -- An elk hunter got the benefit of the doubt for killing a wolf in self-defense in northeastern Oregon last month, the first time that’s happened since the predator began migrating to the state in the late 1990s, state police said Thursday. The story...

Idaho targets private lands big game

Big-game hunters should find the Idaho Panhandle a better than average place to bag meat for the freezer and have a shot at a trophy elk or whitetail this season, even though elk calves took a hit from the first tough winter in a few years.

Idaho’s Clearwater elk dodge bullet of tough winter

Idaho’s streak of mild winters was broken last year and deep snow combined with cold temperatures took a toll on some of the state’s deer and elk herds, but the Clearwater region seems to have been an exception.

St. Joe-area wildfire what doctor ordered for elk

WILDLIFE HABITAT -- While wildfires can be devastating in some cases, a lightning strike in the Snow Peak Wildlife Management area of Unit 9 on the Idaho Panhandle fits the prescription for rejuvenating big-game habitat. "The Buck Fire had burned over 1,200 acres in the...

Elk hunters debate ethics of long-distance shots at big game

HUNTING -- A story on the ethics of long-distance shooting for big game is among the reasons I'm a fan of the Elk Network website that came online in March, created by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. "Just because you can shoot long, doesn’t necessarily...

World-record bull elk still on display at Elk Foundation in Missoula

HUNTING -- The largest elk recorded by a hunter in Montana continues to be on display at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation headquarters in Missoula. See it now before the hunter packs it up and takes it home. Montana resident Steve Felix shot the bull...