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Jerry Barron's Corner


UPDATED: March 21, 2019
One of the projects we support is happening now. Our club teamed up with the INWC to provide a capture net for use with the WDFW predator prey study in progress now. That net is here and has been tested. You can participate in the capture process (rodeo) if you desire. Let us know if you are game, and we will provide more information.
I wonder where the prey with the collars are located. You know that with polls, the result depends on how you phrase the question. Studies can come out with the desired answers also. If the prey is close to town, the predator just might be your neighbors dog. if the prey is close to a wolf den (if you can find prey there) the wolf will probably be the predator, and so on.
Big Game Draws

North Dakota Bighorn applications are due March 27th
This one is kind of under the radar. North Dakota has elk and moose, but a non resident is not allowed to apply for them. But, strangely enough, non residents can apply for bighorn. I can't tell you what the odds are, or if there are private land problems, but the price is right. It costs $100.00 to draw, and if you are extremely fortunate, the tag costs $600.00.
Washington Multi season applications are due March 30th
Colorado applications are due April 2nd
Colorado keeps changing. They did require tag fees to be submitted with the application. This year, you pay those only if you draw. To apply, you need a $81.75 small game license, and a $10.00 habitat stamp. A $9.00 application fee is charged per species, and a preference point for moose, Rocky Mountain bighorn, and mountain goat is another $100.00. Remember that those three species require 3 points to get in the draw, and after that, bonus points are acquired when you fail to draw, and if you paid the $100.00. Desert sheep do not have a point system. Other species have true preference points. Got all that?
There are a lot of "opportunity" hunts for deer and elk that don't take many points. Trophy areas can take over 20 points, although you might get a big one most anywhere. Colorado has relieved a lot of crowding by having split seasons.
Antelope---Not the best state for antelope, but areas that require multiple points certainly can produce a quality animal. Some landowners are not really fond of the speedy goats, and the game department manages accordingly. So, be careful with the easy to draw units, but then again, permission might be possible.
Moose---I believe the moose hunts in Colorado are the best in the lower 48 now. Any area is a good bet for a good moose. The wolves have not made it there yet.
Mountain goat---Most areas are in difficult terrain, Mount Evans might be a bit easier. I have driven up there and glassed goats close enough that I really did not need glasses.
Rocky Mountain bighorn---A number of the units available to non residents are in high altitude difficult terrain. I have glassed rams from the road in the Georgetown unit. You can't hunt within 1/4 mile from the road, but that is only 440 yards ( but the angle is sorta vertical). Over the years, I have applied there, Buffalo peaks, and Poudre River.
Desert bighorn---Remember that a preference point system does not apply to the desert rams. You are not required to have 3 points before you are in the draw like the Rockies require. There is only one unit and one tag, but it is another chance at a desert ram.

See you at the Bighorn Show
Jerry Barron



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