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Dogs Can Find Deer Antlers

Posted in dogs, hunting on March 5th, 2007 by stormy – 2 Comments

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Roger Sigler is teaching dogs how to find shed deer antlers
when hiking in the wilderness.  Many people actively look for deer
antlers as collectible items – now you can have your dog trained to
look for them too.  Roger says retreivers learn the easiest.  Antlers
smell different than deer so dogs trained to find antlers will not end
up chasing deer all over the mountain!

Before you decide this is a great new business to be in (finding and selling deer antlers or moose or caribou), you should check what they sell for.  Since we have surplus of horns and antlers, we checked, and people are asking a lot on eBay but people aren’t buying much.

Photo by paul+photos=moody.

Hunting in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Posted in hunting on February 24th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

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Hunting in Rocky Mountain National Park?  Before you get upset … remember that there are too many elk. From 1969 to 1999 the elk herd in the park grew 600% from 500 to
3000. 
They’ve become a problem in the park where
they are destroying all edible vegetation and they are getting into trouble in town. 
The plan is to get the herd back down to about 1700.  There are three different proposals for this, two plans and one idea, according to the Denver Post.

  1. The park’s plan is to spend $18 million to kill 200-700 elk a year for 20 years!   And that’s to "kill" the elk, not hunt them.  They will send in sharpshooters at night with silencers to kill 700 elk a year!
  2. The Division of Wildlife wants to lead guided hunts into the park.  The hunters would pay for the priviledge (money in, instead of $18 million out!), they’d get the hunt of a lifetime (good for Colorado) and we’d manage the park herd just like we manage elk in the rest of the state (experienced herd management.)
  3. Another solution might be to reintroduce wolves – a solution that would have strong supporters on both sides of the debate, however anyone who has been to the park knows how close lots of homes and the entire town of Estes Park is.  That might make introducing wolves dangerous.  As far as I can tell this idea hasn’t been planned out.

Allowing guided hunts seems to be the best idea to us. 

  • Hunters would get to access to some great hunting land,
  • the state would make a lot of money and
  • the elk population would be managed by the Division of Wildlife, an organization very experienced at managing animal populations.

Photo by creativity+.

Snowshoeing or hunting?

Posted in hunting, snowshoeing on January 10th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

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I finally got Frank to go snowshoeing – we just had to call it "hunting." 

Seriously, we went elk hunting on Saturday.  It was gorgeous – virgin snow everywhere.  And while we didn’t see any sign of people all day, we also didn’t see any sign of elk.  Which was probably a good thing since there is no more room in our freezer for any more meat!

It was a gorgeous day and a great snowshoe hike.

(And for those of you wondering what Frank cooked.  He made us bagel sandwiches of ham and corned beef with onion and chive and garden vegetable cream cheese spread.)