Todays Daily Interlake has a great little article about a petition started in Ravalli County by local ranchers who are fed up with rising wolf numbers (I'd post a link but I read it in the actual, and it's easy to find anyway). The article states that according to MT FWP, the wolf numbers in that area are up 15% after the wolf hunt ended. They're proposing a bounty be placed on wolves to reduce numbers. No one seems to know what will happen with it yet, but if they can work it out. It could be a huge step in the right direction. Plus I think it'd be a cool way to bring a couple jobs into the valley! Hope it works out for em.
I like things that go "bang"... I love things that go "BOOM!"
Rooster, I am bringing up a young man, just turned 17. And we dont have hunting like, or like you had. But we get after it and hunt the high tough, wilderness stuff. And I never thought I would see the day where it is getting so poor. I like to trophy hunt and look for a mature animal, as I have as I got older and the game is just not there. It saddens me to see such a thing ,that did not have to be, and now the damage is done. I am sure where you are at it has financially ruined many multi generational businesses. Montana is a vast state, and I THOUGHT i HAD MISSED the good old days. My son started loosing interest this year, do to the lack of game. It is hard to wrap my head around it, have spent some good times in Idaho also
Has the S&K tribe done anything to lower numbers of wolves this winter? Normally they do as they please in this regard. Think it's time the state looks at $$ bounty as a tool to rebuild the game populations. MTG
Good luck, good hunting and good shooting!