Dirty Steve, I hate to give you more bad info about the wolf problem but a pack of wolves set up residence in the Gros Ventre drainage in late fall and have been hammering the elk at all the feed stations on the Gros Ventre. Not only have there been significant losses from direct predation but also a heavy toll has been and will continue to be taken throughout late winter from stress. The elk are being continually chased off those feed stations and running back and forth between them trying to escape the everpresent killers. Every ounce of energy counts significantly to animals wintering in this country. Our hunting money has helped establish feed stations so the big game animals have easy feed which drastically reduces stress loss. They eat and bed down without being chased around in other words. The elk now just run between feed stations trying to escape the wolves until winter takes it's toll.
81,82, and 83 is where I planned to backpack hunt this year. After seeing what is happening up there this winter I have had to change my plans and will be going to Colorado or hope to draw a tag in an area with less wolf predation. It has been good country in the past but with that pack of wolves on the feed stations I am sure it will suffer greatly and you will see very different elk hunting opportunities this year. It is a shame and it hurts to lose such a beautiful national forest hunting area with the great opportunity it has provided in the past. Words can't describe how livid mad it makes me to see what our hunting monies have built through the years go down the drain because some illiterate idiot wants wolves instead of our big game animals in the hills.
Another pack has been hammering the elk refuge around Jackson along with several isolated wolves following the elk herds down from Yellowstone. It is not only the ones they directly kill but the bulls in particular die from stress in winter from a combination of poor condition after the rut and then getting chased around by the wolves in their protected feeding sanctuary our hunting money has set up for them at Jackson.
Good luck on your hunt and while you are up here in this country I hope we can count on your group to do your part in helping alleviate this problem.
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