TROUBLE-FREE LOADING IN A RIFLE POWDER

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In 1947, Bruce and Amy Hodgdon, along with sons JB and Bob, launched the Hodgdon Powder Company, with the first surplus powder offering after World War II. Over the last 75 years, Hodgdon Powder Company has grown into the preeminent supplier of gunpowder and blackpowder substitutes to handloading and muzzleloading enthusiasts. Along the way, Hodgdon Powder Company also acquired the IMR®, Accurate Powder® and Ramshot® brands, as well as licensing the Winchester® Smokeless Propellants brand.

According to co-founders J.P. and Bob Hodgdon, father Bruce was drafted into the service during World War II, where he served as an aerial gunnery instructor for the Navy. He used skeet to teach his students about the lead required to hit targets. He couldn’t get enough ammunition to teach skeet but could get components, so brother Bob and I would help him most nights loading shotshells so he could teach class the next day.

After the war, Dad was instrumental in convincing the government to sell him surplus 4895 and he brought it to market in 1947 as Hodgdon H4895.Our first ad selling surplus powder appeared in American Rifleman magazine in November, 1947. Although we’ve grown over the last 75 years and our company has a lot of accomplishments to celebrate, in our hearts, we’re still a group of proud handloading shooters and hunters from Kansas. We are grateful to our employees who manufacture, package and ship the product and for our handloading and muzzleloading customers who appreciate what we do.

TROUBLE-FREE LOADING IN A RIFLE POWDER

X-TERMINATOR is a double-base spherical powder designed for high-volume .223 varmint hunters who demand a clean-burning, accurate powder. Excellent flow characteristics and small grain size allow trouble-free loading in small-diameter case necks. It performs extremely well with light- to medium-weight bullets in .223 Remington. It is also an excellent choice for .17 Remington, .20-caliber cartridges, .222 Remington and .45-70 Government.

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Three Traits of a Quality Hunting Scope

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A quality hunting scope needs three things. First, it has to produce a clear sight picture, especially in low-light conditions. Two, it helps, not hinders, fast target acquisition. And three, it needs a bulletproof warranty. With Burris Fullfield scopes, you get all three.

Burris has been designing, engineering, and building the Fullfield line of scopes for over 50 years. Why build one model for so long? Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Fulfilled scopes are consistently the best glass in their class. But that doesn’t mean Burris hasn’t worked to improve the line over time. Here’s how Burris checks all the boxes to make one heck of a reliable hunting scope.

Low-light Performance

Burris’ line of Fullfield scopes is designed to gather as much available light as possible and direct it to your eye. Using multi-coated lenses to “tune” reflected light, Burris lenses reduce distortion and create a clear sight picture. The tubes are filled with nitrogen, which keeps fog and moisture out of the picture.

Fast Target Acquisition

As the name suggests, the Fullfield line gives hunters a wide field of view (FOV). These variable power scopes range from 2.5x and up, allowing you to see plenty of that hillside. For instance, the FOV for the Fullfield IV 2.5-10×42 mm ranges from 46-11 ft. In addition, hunters can choose from seven reticle options, ranging from the standard fine plex to the Ballistic E3, which pairs nicely with the Burris Connect app for ballistics data.

Company Support

If you’ve ever leaned your rifle against the truck, forgot it was there, and backed over it, you can appreciate the Forever Warranty. Burris will repair or replace your scope if something breaks or malfunctions on or in the scope—no questions asked. There is no fee or replacement charge, and it’s transferable.

It’s not likely you’ll need that Forever Warranty (unless a horse or truck is involved) because Burris uses steel hardware for turret adjustments—no plastic here. In short, Fulfilled scopes give hunters everything they need and nothing they don’t. It’s a scope built by hunters for hunters. And they’re worth a look.

 

 

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RMEF Announces Major Montana Public Access Victory

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce it helped conserve and open public access to 5,668 acres of prime wildlife habitat in central Montana.  

RMEF successfully worked with Shodair Children’s Hospital (SCH) to acquire and then convey the property to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) which will be now known as the Big Snowy Mountains Wildlife Management Area.  

“Plain and simple, this was an organizational priority for us this year,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “This is a big win for elk and other wildlife. It also marks a significant victory for habitat, conservation, hunting, public access and a win for all sportsmen and women, all while honoring Montana’s long-time agricultural traditions.”  

The transaction opens new access to the property but also improves public access to more than 4,300 acres of adjacent public land in a part of Montana where access is challenging. 

“The state has a vested interest in seeing land conserved for wildlife habitat while also keeping ranchers on the landscape for the benefit of our communities,” said Montana Governor Greg Gianforte. “We married those two interests in this agreement, keeping the land available for cattle grazing while opening access for hunters to pristine wildlife habitat in the Big Snowies. This is a win-win for Montana.” 

“We’re grateful for all the efforts our partners and FWP staff have put into this project,” said FWP Director Hank Worsech. “When this new wildlife management area opens, hunters and recreationists will have some incredible opportunities in an amazing part of our state. All while protecting wildlife habitat and preserving cattle grazing operations for generations to come.” 

The property features a mixture of high-quality grasslands and meadows, mature forests, aspen stands and several mountain springs and intermittent streams. 

SCH is a youth psychiatric hospital in Helena, Montana.  

“We’re a nonprofit hospital, and our mission for the last 126 years has been taking care of Montana’s most vulnerable kids,” said Shodair CEO Craig Aasved.  “Last year we saw patients from 52 of Montana’s 56 counties, and 99 percent of our kids are Montana residents. This sale helps fund construction of our replacement hospital building to help us serve even more Montana children, but we also wanted this gift to benefit Montanans in general.  That’s why we chose this path.”  

Project partners include hunters thanks to Pittman-Robertson excise taxes, Habitat Montana, Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust. RMEF also committed $250,000 to help FWP with set-up and future property management improvements including fencing, invasive weed control, water developments, signage and maps. 

“We greatly appreciate our partners, volunteers and members, the Montana Land Board and both the immediate community for its support and the greater outdoor community for helping to push this project across the finish line,” added Weaver. 

The new WMA, which like other WMAs linked to winter range habitat remains closed until spring, is near RMEF’s Red Hill project that opened the door to 18,000 acres of public access in 2013. 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: 

Founded more than 38 years ago and fueled by hunters, RMEF maintains more than 225,000 members and has conserved more than 8.5 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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Leica’s bestselling Amplus 6 riflescope

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Leica Amplus 6 MOA balances premium optical performance with rugged features and is complimented by the extremely sharp illuminated dot, 6x zoom, large exit pupil and wide field of view. The robust design makes the Leica Amplus 6 ideal for uncompromising use in any situation, even in the most adverse conditions.

The precise, illuminated reticles of the Amplus 6 ensure fast target acquisition and a particularly sharp and brilliant image of the illuminated dot – without annoying over-glow. This means that users always have a clear sight picture, even in challenging light conditions. The Leica L-Ballistics reticle enables precision shooting at longer distances. The reticle is in the second focal plane.

Leica Amplus 6 MOA – Reliable and dependable for all-around use

When developing the Amplus 6, Leica placed great emphasis on the high-quality components of the functional elements. Ferdinand Mogwitz, Product Manager Hunting Optics at Leica Camera AG, commented: “The Amplus 6 ensures reliability and precision at the critical moment. We rely on the proven Leica DNA: color-neutral images with brilliant color correction, effective stray light suppression, highest-quality and modern coating technology, as well as shock-resistant housing and unrivalled surface finish. This makes the new Amplus 6 series a reliable tool for everyday all-around hunting situations.”

“A true do anything, go anywhere, hunt anything optic. Reliable and tough with the optical performance you expect from Leica Sport Optics.” Ryan Trenka, Marketing Manager.

Leica Amplus 6 models – advantages at a glance

– 6x zoom for all essential hunting situations

-Wide field of view of up to 38m for a perfect sight picture

-High light transmission of more than 90 percent

-Particularly precise reticle illumination

-Generous eye relief up to 90mm

-Large exit pupils up to 12mm

-Extremely robust and durable material quality

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KUIU PRO Pack System For Elk Hunting

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If you pay attention to any of the online, social, and even campfire debates on what the best pack for elk hunting is, you’ll notice nearly everyone agrees to disagree. That said, there are a lot of good packs out there. But what makes the KUIU Packs special or unique?

In the pursuit of innovation, KUIU has made a lot of changes over the years. Their updates and refinements are often overlooked because their packs have kept a similar look and they’re decked out in the same camo patterns as their older versions. Simply put, if you compare an older generation of KUIU’s hunting packs, prior to the launch of their PRO Packs in 2019, they do not stack up to their latest and greatest designs.

KUIU’s Packs have always been known for their bag-swap modularity and ranking among the lightest. With recent advancements in technology, engineering, and materials, they’re also staking claim to the most comfortable and durable.

What Has Improved on KUIU’s Hunting Pack Designs?

First, their patented Carbon Fiber Frame received a major upgrade in 2017. This is when KUIU switch over to Chomarat® Spread Tow Carbon Fiber. The frame kept a similar profile, however, the materials and make up received a complete overhaul. This not only made the frames more durable, but they also optimized the flexibility and stiffness to carry weight more efficiently.

In 2019, KUIU launched the PRO Pack System with a completely redesigned suspension and upgraded bags. The new suspension was game changing for KUIU. While maintaining the ultralight weight they’ve always been known for, the waist belt and shoulder straps are remarkably more comfortable, adjustable, and durable than ever before.  The PRO Bags, available in 2300, 3600, 6000, and 7800 cubic inch sizes were upgraded to the gold standard in pack materials: Heavy-duty CORDURA® 500 denier fabric, Hypalon anchored compression straps, Duraflex® hardware, and robust #10 YKK® zippers. The bag layouts were also improved, making it easier to carry and access optics, rifle, and bow.

In 2020, KUIU introduced the PRO LT (Light and Tough) series of bags in 4000, 5500, and 7000 cubic inch sizes. Leveraging a lighter, high-tenacity CORDURA® 330 denier fabric, paired with coated fabric paneling for added water and abrasion resistance, the PRO LT packs are ideal for the elk hunters looking for lightest pack as possible but unwilling to sacrifice pack organization and durability.
In 2022 KUIU launched the Women’s PRO Suspension. With women’s specific ergonomics, they opened the door for women hunters to have a pack built specifically for them. Without compromise, the Women’s PRO Suspension utilizes the same Carbon Frame and PRO and PRO LT bag options.

How Does KUIU’s Modular Pack System Work?

Not every elk hunt calls for the same game plan. The purpose behind a modular pack system is to have one frame and suspension with common connection points so you can swap to any size or style of KUIU bag. This system is not only extremely versatile, but also offers a value other high-end packs can’t match. You can purchase the frame, suspension, and two sizes of bags for around the same price as a competitor’s pack with only one bag.

Carbon Fiber Frame: The Weight-Bearing Backbone

Weighing in at only 11 ounces, KUIU’s patented Carbon Fiber Frame features ultralight Spread Tow Carbon Fiber Technology—built for vertical stiffness, horizontal flex, and ultimate strength.

Available in three sizes, each frame has 4” of vertical shoulder strap height adjustment. Select the size of frame that fits your torso and fine-tune shoulder strap height with their innovative T-Lock system.

Measuring your torso takes a little homework, but KUIU has made this video showing you how it’s done and how to properly fit your pack.

 

 

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Watch – Bull Elk Freed from Fencing

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Below is a Facebook post from the Oregon State Police.

It does not appear that this bull elk was as appreciative of being rescued as we thought he would be.

As you can see from this video, these wild animals are aggressive and dangerous. If you come across a wild animal in distress, please do not engage. Call for assistance from an OSP Trooper by dialing *OSP from your mobile phone or 800-442-0776.

Sr. Trooper Vaughn responded to a report of a bull elk that was injured and caught in a fence near Mitchell, Oregon. This large 5-point bull elk was caught up in heavy wire around its rear legs and antlers, however, no serious injuries were observed. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife was contacted for a tranquilizer response but was unable to respond.

Sr. Trooper Vaughn and a Wheeler County deputy teamed up to remove all the wire from the animal’s legs using bolt cutters. A large amount of wire wrapped around the neck, head, and antlers was also cut. The bull elk was freed with just a small remnant of wire left around the antlers.

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(Photo credit: Oregon State Police)

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11-Year-Old Dies in Hunting Accident

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Below is a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical services responded to a fatal deer hunting-related incident in the Township of Seneca in Green Lake County.

On Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, shortly after 9:00 a.m., an 11-year-old male was the victim of a gunshot wound to the chest. A 41-year-old male shooter attempted to unload his firearm while it was placed in the back seat of a vehicle. The firearm discharged, striking the victim. The victim was flown via Med Flight to a hospital, where he died. The shooter and the victim were members of the same hunting party.

The Wisconsin DNR and the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those impacted by this loss of life.

(Photo credit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

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Colorado Investigating Rash of Poaching Cases

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Below is a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. For 2022, Fiocchi partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to increase the visibility of poaching incidents in an effort to reduce poaching nationwide.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating eight suspected poaching cases within Game Management Unit 70 in San Miguel County.

Three cases of suspected poaching of a mule deer buck occurred within Dry Creek Basin. Two bull elk were discovered at the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area south of Norwood, and another bull elk and two cow elk were also shot and left to waste in the Callan Draw area southwest of Norwood.

“All of these animals were found shot and left to waste. This is an egregious violation of Colorado’s laws surrounding hunting and fishing, which require hunters to prepare game meat for human consumption,” said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Rachel Sralla.

The incidents have all occurred between Oct. 30 and Nov. 15.

“In any activity that people enjoy, most of the time things go well and the participants behave in the appropriate legal, moral and ethical manner,” said CPW District Wildlife Manager Mark Caddy. “Sometimes, however, there are one or two people who show up and act in a manner that no one inside or outside of the activity can condone. Evidently, these types of individuals showed up in GMU 70 during the recent hunting seasons.”

Here’s a detailed look at each suspected poaching case being investigated:

  • A small buck was shot and left Oct. 30 in the higher elevations of Dry Creek Basin. While CPW officers were investigating this animal, other hunters stopped the officers and reported another small buck that had been shot and left less than a mile away. These animals were within easy walking distance of the road and had received wounds that were instantly fatal. Caddy said there was no apparent reason an ethical hunter would not have retrieved and tagged these deer and properly harvested the meat.
  • Hunters reported another mule deer buck that had been shot and left in Dry Creek Basin on the last day of the second rifle season, Nov. 6. Officers investigated the carcass and determined that the wound was instantly fatal and the deer had likely been shot that same day. The deer was within easy walking distance of the road. There was no apparent reason an ethical hunter would have abandoned this animal, Caddy said.
  • While investigating the Nov. 6 case in Dry Creek Basin, CPW District Wildlife Manager Tony Bonacquista received a call from hunters reporting two bull elk had been shot and left on the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area approximately 14 miles southwest of Norwood. Investigating the bulls, CPW officers determined that these were legal bulls based upon the antler point restriction, and that the wounds were instantly fatal. These animals were approximately 400 yards from a main road in open country. There is no apparent reason an ethical hunter could not have retrieved these animals, Caddy said.
  • On Nov. 17, hunters in the field reported a spike bull elk being shot and left in the Callan Draw area southwest of Norwood. Upon investigation, it was found that in addition to the spike bull, two cow elk had also been killed. While it appears the parties associated with this incident initially attempted to retrieve the cow elk as is required by law, they later abandoned the carcasses and some equipment utilized in the attempted retrieval. It was determined these elk were likely killed Nov. 15 or 16.

Evidence was collected at each one of these incidents that is being used to continue the investigation.

CPW is asking the public for assistance in solving these crimes. If you were in the areas described and have any information regarding these incidents, call Caddy at 970-209-2368 or Bonacquista at 970-209-2374.

To provide information anonymously, the public can contact Operation Game Thief by phone at 877-265-6648 or by email at game.thief@state.co.us.

Operation Game Thief is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife program that pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. A citizens committee administers reward funds in many poaching cases, which is maintained by private contributions. The board may approve rewards of up to $1,000 for flagrant cases.

Poaching is a serious and costly crime. It robs legitimate sportspeople of game and fish, robs businesses and taxpayers of revenues generated by hunting and fishing, and robs all of us of a valuable natural resource that makes Colorado so special: our wildlife.

Sralla said waste of wildlife is an especially troublesome crime to ethical hunters, who take care and pride in preparing their meat to take home.

“The initial information on each animal in these cases came from hunters in the field who took the time to call and report that something was going on,” Caddy said. “These ethical hunters are as concerned about this happening as we are.”

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(Photo credit: Tony Bonacquista/CPW photos)

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Colorado Seeks Public Comments on Elk Management

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Below is a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks input on draft Herd Management Plans (HMPs) for 14 elk herds occurring in southwest Colorado. The draft plans are now open to public review and comment through Dec. 20.

These herds include the E-05 West Elk Mountains, E-11 Sand Dunes, E-20 Uncompahgre Plateau, E-24 Disappointment Creek, E-25 Lake Fork, E-26 Saguache, E-30 Hermosa, E-31 San Juan Basin, E-32 Lower Rio Grande, E-34 Upper Rio Grande, E-35 Cimarron, E-40 Paradox, E-43 East Gunnison Basin and E-55 Northern San Luis Valley Floor elk herds.

CPW is proposing extensions of previously-approved management objectives for all but three of these herds. Extensions are recommended when CPW staff believe a continuation of the previous objectives, course of management actions and strategies are sufficient for a given herd. CPW is  not proposing any changes to objectives or management approach for 11 HMPs, all of which were approved by the Parks and Wildlife Commission within the last few years.

CPW is proposing new management objectives for the Uncompahgre Plateau, Paradox and East Gunnison Basin herds, which have current management objectives more than 10 years old.

“The proposed herd management plans will guide management of the 14 elk herds in the Southwest Region for a 10-year period through 2033,” said CPW Senior Wildlife Biologist Jamin Grigg, “These 14 elk herds contain an estimated 122,000 elk, representing nearly 41% of the statewide total population estimate of 300,000 elk. ”

The primary purpose of HMPs is to establish management objectives for each herd in terms of a desired population size range and sex ratio. The management alternatives selected in these plans will drive annual elk license setting decisions. License setting and the resultant annual harvest modulate elk population numbers to meet population and sex ratio objectives.

Each plan also describes additional strategies and techniques that will be used to achieve the desired herd objectives. The goal for the 10-year term of these plans is to manage to the most appropriate population level within the objective range based on climatic patterns, habitat conditions, forage availability and public desires.

Here is a closer look at the three Data Analysis Units where revisions to HMPs are proposed:

Uncompahgre Plateau

The last HMP for E-20, which includes Game Management Units 61 and 62 within parts of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties, was approved in 2006.

The plan called for a population objective of 8,500 to 9,500 elk. The 2021 population estimate for this herd was 12,500.

CPW’s preferred alternative for this herd is to increase the population objective to 11,000 to 15,000 elk and to increase the bull to cow ratio from 16-20 bulls per 100 cows to 20-25 bulls per 100 cows.

“With limited carrying capacity because of drought, poor winter range conditions, increasing recreation and the potential for increased game damage if a hard winter occurs, CPW plans to stabilize this herd near current population levels,” said CPW wildlife biologist Alyssa Kircher. “The proposed objective range of 11,000 to 15,000 allows for management flexibility if the drought lessens, allowing range conditions to improve and to support more elk on the landscape.

“Increasing this herd more than within the proposed objective range would likely negatively impact the already compromised range condition and increase game damage complaints. Decreasing this herd was not desired by CPW staff or stakeholders. Stabilizing this herd balances the need for maintaining quality habitat during drought conditions yet still allowing for similar hunting opportunities as in recent years.”

Paradox

The last HMP for E-40, which includes Game Management Unit 60 within parts of Montrose and Mesa Counties along the Utah state line, was approved in 2008.

The previous population objective was 900 to 1,100 elk. The 2021 population estimate was 1,400.

CPW’s preferred alternative is to increase the population objective to 1,200 to 1,600 elk and to keep the status quo sex ratio of 25-30 bulls per 100 cows.

“With limited carrying capacity because of drought, poor conditions on winter range and pending CWD spread, increasing this herd is not logical,” Kircher said. “Game damage would likely escalate in Paradox Valley with an increasing elk herd, and CPW would like to limit big game impacts on private land. Decreasing this herd would be difficult because of constant variation in herd size and the lack of demand for limited licenses. Stabilizing the herd to the best extent possible will keep game damage complaints low, CWD prevalence in check and maximize hunting opportunities.”

East Gunnison Basin

The last HMP for E-43, which includes Game Management Units 55 and 551 within parts of Gunnison and Saguache Counties, was approved in 2001.

The previous population objective was 3,000 to 3,500 elk, while the 2021 population estimate was 6,700.

CPW’s preferred alternative is to increase the population objective to 6,200 to 7,200 elk and to maintain the status quo sex ratio of 23 to 28 bulls per 100 cows.

“The previous objectives for this herd were set using an older modeling method that likely underestimated the population size of this herd,” Grigg said. “We are proposing changing this population objective based on the new model that more accurately enables us to manage this herd within the objective ranges desired by the stakeholders.”

The draft elk plans are open to public comment through Dec. 20. Please submit public comments to Grigg at jamin.grigg@state.co.us.

Comments also will be accepted by mail addressed to:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Attn. Jamin Grigg
415 Turner Drive
Durango, CO 81303

To view the draft elk herd management plans for CPW’s Southwest Region, go to: https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/DAU/DRAFTPLANS/ELK(SW)_DRAFT_HMP.pdf

(Graphic credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

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Idaho 2023 Nonresident Elk, Deer Tags Go on Sale Dec. 1st

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Idaho 2023 Nonresident Elk, Deer Tags Go on Sale Dec. 1st

Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Nonresident deer and elk tags for the upcoming 2023 hunting season go on sale starting at 10 a.m. MST on Dec. 1. Licenses and tags can be bought online at GoOutdoorsIdaho.com, through the Idaho Fish and Game mobile app, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. They can also be bought in person at a license vendor location, or Fish and Game regional offices during normal business hours.

The number of available tags for each deer hunting unit and elk zone is available at https://idfg.idaho.gov/tag/quotas-nonresident.

Fish and Game encourages hunters to buy their license and tag at the same time. No refunds will be issued for the license if the hunter does not get the tag he or she wants. Each hunter buying online must create and log into their own customer account to purchase a deer and/or elk tag. Buying tags for multiple customers on one customer account is not allowed except for in-person purchases at vendors or Fish and Game offices.

What you need to know

If purchasing a deer or elk tag online or through the mobile app, a virtual waiting room will open 30 minutes prior, at which time customers can start logging in. If logged in before 9:30 a.m. MST, the customer will not be placed into the waiting room. At 10 a.m. MST, all customers in the virtual waiting room will be randomly assigned a place in line and given an estimated wait time to buy a license a deer and/or elk tag. Customers logging in after 10 a.m. MST will be placed at the back of the line.

Individuals will not have their place in line reserved if changing devices. If changing devices while in line, the individual will be placed at the back of the line on the new device.

After a person’s place in line has been reached they will have 10 minutes to enter the site. Once logged in, he or she can click “Buy a License, Permit, or Tag” in the upper left of the customer account home page.

After the selected tag is added to the shopping cart, the buyer has 20 minutes to complete the transaction. If the transaction is not completed within 20 minutes, the tag will be cleared from the shopping cart and made available for other hunters to purchase.

Due to the high-volume sales, customers should allow up to 24 hours to receive a purchase confirmation email. Tags will be postmarked within 10 business days of the sales date.

Expect long waits and popular tags to sell out fast

Demand for tags was extremely high last year, and hunters can expect long waits to purchase tags. Hunters reported wait times as long as six hours in previous sales. Many popular elk zones and deer hunting units will sell out within in the first few hours.

There will be no real-time tally of how many tags remain for each deer hunting unit and elk zone because tags will be sold simultaneously online, at vendors and regional offices. Fish and Game staff will try to post when zones and units are sold out, but there will likely be a lag time because tags are often added to or removed from online shopping carts.

Don’t panic buy

Hunters are reminded to make sure it’s the tag they want and know the hunting unit/elk zone as well as species and weapon type the tag is valid for. Tags can be exchanged prior to the opening of the season, if other tags are available, but licenses will not be refunded.

Idaho lifetime license holders must buy later

Nonresidents with Idaho lifetime hunting licenses can not buy deer and elk tags during this sale. They can buy during the resident tag sales period.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) nonresident deer and elk tags

There will also be limited quantities of nonresident DAV tags at the discounted price available for sale at 10 a.m. MST on Dec. 1. At that time, 500 nonresident DAV deer tags and 300 nonresident DAV elk tags will go on sale. After these discounted tags are sold out, nonresident DAV hunters can still buy tags, but at full nonresident prices.

Disabled American Veterans must be at least 40 percent service-connected disability to buy discounted tags, and must submit the required DAV certification documents to Fish and Game before Dec. 1 so that there is time for the buyer’s profile to be reviewed and updated with DAV status.

How to prepare for the sale

To prepare for the 2023 license and tag sale, we suggest all nonresident hunters:

  • Review the Big Game regulations on Fish and Game’s website.
  • Nonresident deer hunters must select a regular deer tag or a white-tailed deer tag.
  • Remember that a Game Management Unit must be selected when purchasing a nonresident deer tag, and an elk zone must be selected when purchasing a nonresident elk tag, and there are A and B tags most zones.
  • Review the number of tags available for the unit or zone you intend to purchase. Note that many units and zones have a limited number of tags available, and could quickly sell out on Dec. 1, so nonresident hunters may consider a back-up option.
  • If you have never purchased an Idaho license, permit, or tag, Fish and Game recommends that you complete your profile setup before Dec. 1 to expedite your checkout process. You may do so by visiting GoOutdoorsIdaho.com, and creating an account using the steps listed on the site.
  • Ensure your mailing address is correct so that your tag is mailed to the correct location.
  • Hunters born after 1974 must have a hunter education certification on file prior to purchasing a hunting license and tags.

Idaho’s nonresident tag system changed in 2021

Nonresident hunters in most general season elk and deer hunts are limited to 10 or 15 percent of the total hunters in each elk zone or deer unit based on hunter participation estimates averaged over the five years prior to 2021.

(Photo credit: Garett Gabriel/Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife)

 

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