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Mustangs & Elk

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Unread 05-21-2012, 05:39 PM
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Re: Mustangs & Elk

Originally Posted by HARPERC View Post
Probably a lot of variables in play, but in general I think feral horses have a negative impact on elk and other wildlife. I've seen them drive elk off a waterhole, and their grazing habits can definitely limit the amount of forage left for others. Some of the newer guzzlers installed for wildlife have features that help keep horses out.
Thank you, my question was meant to be 'in general' rather than a hard and fast rule.

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Unread 05-30-2012, 01:01 PM
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Re: Mustangs & Elk

i too have seen deer feeding alongside of cattle.
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Unread 05-30-2012, 06:49 PM
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Re: Mustangs & Elk

Don't know bout wild horses, but cows definitely push most wildlife out or at least to the edges of thier grazing, & noise. Ive been moving cows since I was in diapers. It's definitely a pattern, BUT not a hard & fast rule. If you salt the hills, (& I'm talking 14,000 acre pastures with sagebrush, & juniper -or cedars as our southern buddies call it- with 300-350 pair, & about 30+ bulls) forcing your cows to graze the entire hill, & keep up on moving your cows out of the creek bottoms etc. the wildlife tends to stay around a bit more. Depending on the weather, & how hard you grazed a parcel of land, & depending on pressure from neighboring places etc. all dictates how fast the critters settle back in when your cows are gone. I'm also guessing geography has a lot to do with it. Last two times I was in Texas, I never saw a hill one that could be salted, nor any gullies, draws, or canyons to run cows out of. Flat as a pancake. But it had obstacles just the same. I've never seen thorn brush (or mesquite) so dang thick. I can't imagine moving cows without some dang good dogs in that country. So I can definitely see where results, & experiences may differ grately, strictly based on your geographic location.

Winter time is altogether different. I've chased Elk off hay I was still feeding to the cows from the back of a pickup.
I also watched a cagy ol cowhand fill his tag by taking a bucket of apples & coaxing some horses to walk with him out to the middle of a pasture so he was close enough to plug one with his ol .32 Winchester.

There are no hard & fast rules on it imo, but if I'm hunting an area & find livestock there I leave, or hunt the fringes. I don't waste my time in the middle of em.

Mustangs tend to rule wherever they're running, but usually aren't in one place too long. I could see how they could intimidate huntable critters out of an area for a short time.
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