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What happened to mule deer in Colorado and what does the future hold? -
posted 2 months ago
Great article on the 2019 CO mule deer season. I decided to hunt a unit during the 3rd season just across the highway from the unit the year before. I was extremely disappointed at not only the quality but the quantity of deer that I was finding. I hunted 9 days and was away from the crowds. Only young bucks were being harvested with tons of elk hunters. I found out later that the unit that I hunted the year before was faced with the exact same conditions. The deer were few and far between, especially the larger bucks. I am afraid moving the deer seasons further into November, after the five year plan, may absolutely destroy what is left of giant mule deer in CO and we will see the odds of 3rd season and the dreaded point creep raise dramatically when 4th season hunters get tired of sitting on so many points waiting when the old fourth season will be the new third season dates. However, if the success numbers keep sliding, it really won't matter what season you waste your points on.
Idaho considers big changes to nonresident hunting -
posted 8 months ago
You can obviously see the split between the residents and non-residents on this one by reading the comments. Idaho is one of the last states that don't cap non-resident tags. Every other state in the West has done this. So, why is Idaho the "bad guy" because they are just trying to implement what everyone else has done?
I can see the argument about 65% of the state being BLM and US Forest Service managed land. So, yes, these areas are for the public to enjoy. However, the animals that reside on these lands have always been managed by the states. Again, no different than CO, WY, UT, AZ, etc. Each state manages the deer, elk, antelope, sheep, moose, etc. Therefore, the state can make the laws and regulations as it applies to the wildlife on state and federal lands. Even the animals that reside on private lands are still managed by the state.
Therefore, everyone from any state can come and enjoy the federal lands. Come camping. Come ride your UTV and enjoy Idaho's amazing scenery. When it comes to hunting these lands, however, you will have to pay the fees that the state has implemented and live with the fact that there may be a cap on non-resident licenses. It's not that I agree with this system but Idaho is merely catching up with the rest of the surrounding states. Yes, being a resident of Idaho (and other western states for that matter) has its advantages and capped non-resident hunting licenses may be one of them as is the nominal fee that residents pay in the great state of Idaho.
I will gladly pay more for a tag if the legislature decides to increase fees. Idaho has been a "back up" state for many that don't draw tags elsewhere but can still purchase over-the-counter tags. It has been an amazing set-up for non-residents. However, Idaho may very well implement policies similar to its surrounding neighbors. Unfortunately, that is or has been the trend in western states hunting for many years. Idaho is just one of the last states that caters so well to non-residents. It will be interesting to see what the state legislature decides. Good luck this hunting season!
Colorado voters may get to decide on wolf recovery -
posted 1 year ago
Good luck CO! I have lived in Wyoming and Idaho (and Colorado once upon a time) and wolves WILL affect your deer, elk, moose and livestock numbers. They all have to eat and contrary to Phillips statement, they are killing machines. I watched the population of elk in Wyoming take a dramatic decline in numbers. It was very obvious at the elk refuge in Jackson where the numbers were reduced by at least half. Fight this one if you can CO but I also know that Denver and the I-70 corridor rule the state and your liberal "hippie" types are going to rule your wildlife now.
Updates on the 230” Wyoming mule deer poaching case -
posted 3 years ago
Because he is a high school teacher, AD, and head boys basketball coach at BPHS, it seems he is getting preferential treatment. He also has a close relationship with the local game warden, A. Hymas. Yes, we are in America where one is presumably innocent until proven guilty. However, many felons awaiting trial are arrested and spend time in jail until the jury gives the verdict. This type of punishment is warranted in this case. Not spending time in jail per se but rather suspending his hunting privileges until he has his day in court seems like a very logical step to take. Perhaps if the public contacts the Sublette County Attorney's office, his hunting privileges will be revoked. He does not deserve another day chasing mule deer on a whitetail permit. Many people speak of his arrogance to continue to draw tags and hunt. If he is arrogant enough to place a poached 230" buck in the Expo, he's arrogant enough to apply for tags and hunt while "preparing" for his trial. If y'all want to speak to this poacher in person, why don't you catch a high school basketball game when Big Piney comes to your hometown to play. He'll be the very tall, bald head coach yelling on the sidelines. Excellent article btw.
Breaking: 230” mule deer poached in Wyoming -
posted 4 years ago
The sad thing is he is a high school teacher and head basketball coach in Big Piney. Awesome way to "teach" kids what NOT to do. I'm curious, how does he plead "not guilty"? The article states that he admitted to illegally taking this buck. Probably the worst thing he could've done is have it go to a jury of his peers and the 2nd stupidest thing right behind poaching it in the first place. Greed and the sense of invincibility gets you every time!