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Wintering Colorado Elk and Wolves
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Contributors to this thread:
badbull 21-Jan-23
Grey Ghost 21-Jan-23
drycreek 21-Jan-23
Bent arrow 21-Jan-23
[email protected] 21-Jan-23
Orion 21-Jan-23
jdbbowhunter 21-Jan-23
Shuteye 21-Jan-23
cnelk 21-Jan-23
Mule Power 21-Jan-23
kentuckbowhnter 21-Jan-23
Zbone 21-Jan-23
[email protected] 21-Jan-23
Zbone 21-Jan-23
Mike Ukrainetz 22-Jan-23
SBC 22-Jan-23
ohiohunter 22-Jan-23
WhattheFOC 22-Jan-23
RonP 22-Jan-23
PECO2 22-Jan-23
Sivart 22-Jan-23
welka 22-Jan-23
Orion 22-Jan-23
[email protected] 22-Jan-23
Orion 22-Jan-23
MA-PAdeerslayer 22-Jan-23
Mule Power 22-Jan-23
ohiohunter 22-Jan-23
Lost Arra 23-Jan-23
Thornton 23-Jan-23
Jaquomo 23-Jan-23
Grey Ghost 23-Jan-23
Scoot 24-Jan-23
Jaquomo 24-Jan-23
Sivart 24-Jan-23
sticksender 24-Jan-23
Orion 24-Jan-23
Mule Power 24-Jan-23
[email protected] 24-Jan-23
[email protected] 24-Jan-23
[email protected] 24-Jan-23
Grey Ghost 24-Jan-23
badbull 24-Jan-23
Danbow 24-Jan-23
Danbow 24-Jan-23
welka 25-Jan-23
MtnHillbilly 28-Jan-23
From: badbull
21-Jan-23

badbull's embedded Photo
badbull's embedded Photo
Elkhunters and wildlife viewers, I am concerned that sometime in the future wintering elk scenes like the one pictured in the photo (which was taken a few days ago) will not exist. This photo was taken in an area where wolf dumping is supposed to occur. Am I overly concerned? Badbull

From: Grey Ghost
21-Jan-23

Grey Ghost's embedded Photo
Grey Ghost's embedded Photo
This is what I’m blessed to see almost daily in the winter near my place. We’re not in one of the wolf dump zones, but I fully expect the wolves will be here in no time. Yes, I’m concerned.

Matt

From: drycreek
21-Jan-23
Looking at what happened in the Yellowstone area, everybody should be concerned.

From: Bent arrow
21-Jan-23
Thanks to the clowns in ur state and the gov that sceen will change. Only good wolf is a dead one. Good luck.

21-Jan-23
If we end up somewhere between the low numbers from CPW and the 750 the prowolfers are pushing for, that's around 500 wolves.

That's about 10,000 elk per year, 30 elk per day turning into wolf poop. Assuming 1/2 of their attempts succeed, that's 60 chases a day, 365 days a year where wolves are hanging out.

I'm no genius but yes, things will be changing quite a bit.

From: Orion
21-Jan-23
You guys are overreacting I watched the latest wolf meeting. The wolves will only eat the few sick elk with CWD.

From: jdbbowhunter
21-Jan-23
Yup be very concerned!

From: Shuteye
21-Jan-23
Call the Duttons.

From: cnelk
21-Jan-23
I drove thru Cowdrey today on my way ice fishing. Lots of elk near the roads in that area.

From: Mule Power
21-Jan-23
Why would you be concerned? This is going to complete the ecosystem. The beavers are going to thrive. The trout fishing will ne excellent. You won’t have to worry about non resident hunters coming to your state and your chances of hitting an elk or deer will be zero. You might save a lot on your car insurance! You won’t have to take off of work to hunt AND there will be no need to buy hunting equipment or licenses. Wolves are going to improve your debt to income ratio and help your marriage. It’s going to be the best thing since sliced backstraps.

21-Jan-23
Those elk will be wolf poop. Look low after the introduction.

From: Zbone
21-Jan-23
How many wolves did they release in Colorado?

21-Jan-23
None yet. Starts soon. Goal is to reach 200 minimum population so far. The phase after that hasn't been given a number.

From: Zbone
21-Jan-23
200 minimum... WOW!!!

22-Jan-23
Cue up KSflatlander…

From: SBC
22-Jan-23
With any luck will reduce the population in Colorado,................... of the left-wingers who promote this stupidity.

From: ohiohunter
22-Jan-23
Right Mike, I can’t wait to hear some more indoctrinated soft brain vomit.

From: WhattheFOC
22-Jan-23
SSSTFU :)

From: RonP
22-Jan-23
save those photos to reminisce.

From: PECO2
22-Jan-23
I was assured by some wolf hippies on an ice fishing forum that I am a dumb ass, and that there will only be a few wolves, and that wolves and elk thrive together. Wyoming has wolves and great elk hunting, and the elk herd in Wyoming has doubled since the introduction of wolves, so wolves will be a bonus for Colorado.

From: Sivart
22-Jan-23
Wow. First off, most of WY doesn't have wolves. and the ones that are there, migrated.

I swear there are too many people in this country that really shouldn't be allowed to vote. They are too mis informed.

From: welka
22-Jan-23
Supposed to be only 200ish released in WI back in 1995. Even with a couple of years (and I mean only a couple) of a wolf season since then, that "managed release" is now up to over 2000 wolves and there are very few deer left in the northern part of WI compared to the past. Unless you live in an area where the neighbors band together to take care of the wolves, you won't see hardly any deer and nor will you see the elk numbers CO. I feel for the western state hunters as the areas are so large that it's hard to make a dent in the wolf population. Happy wolf hunting!

From: Orion
22-Jan-23
Glunt you must not have watched the meeting the wolfies are pushing for 750 wolves

22-Jan-23
I did. The CPW plan is 200 wolves for phase 3, no number for phase 4 which is what to do once they reach that. Could easily exceed even the prowolf 750 number. My guess is since we are way more liberal than MT, ID and WY and it was many years of battles to get management there (still a fight), odds are wolves will go mostly unchecked with some government removal when packs are big offenders. All those states are way over the numbers laid out in the beginning. We have a lot of elk but apparently very little room in the budget to deal with reduced revenue from tags if elk numbers drop significantly.

Looks like a recipe for disaster but everyone informed knows that. Informed people on both sides know where this likely heads. One side is jumping for joy.

The prowolf groups say 750 but no lethal management. Well, that basically means the only limit is when they run out if food.

From: Orion
22-Jan-23
Yep I believe that is the goal

22-Jan-23
Glunt with no legal management they as you know will take over and eat and kill everything in Colorado…these people suck

From: Mule Power
22-Jan-23
And we’ll all live happily ever after…. With no hunting. For the 99th time there’s really only one way to ethically handle it. Do not pass up an opportunity to do your part!

From: ohiohunter
22-Jan-23
Where’s the local liberal govt funded biologist??? Kinda sad he hasn’t educated us yet.

From: Lost Arra
23-Jan-23
Is the wolf impact on deer the same as elk or is that just mountain lion fare?

From: Thornton
23-Jan-23
Shoot the wolves and don't talk about it. Lots of us on the same page with that.

From: Jaquomo
23-Jan-23
And tie their collars to logs and float them down the river! Yeah, I saw that show too!

From: Grey Ghost
23-Jan-23
I’d strap the collar to a BHA member’s Subaru…if I was inclined to poach a wolf that is. :-)

Matt

From: Scoot
24-Jan-23
I'm a law abiding citizen, but put a wolf in front of me (in any state) and I know what the right thing to do is...

From: Jaquomo
24-Jan-23
Wondering if BHAwill set up a GoFundMe to pay the legal fees and fines.. these wolves will be watched and tracked closer than the original GYE dumps, with waaay better technology.

From: Sivart
24-Jan-23
I"m with Scoot. Do your part.

From: sticksender
24-Jan-23
Not to worry, they'll get the easy prey first, with an initial focus on cleaning out the Moose herds, before they switch over to full-time hammering of the elk on their wintering grounds.

By the way that triple-S stuff might feel good to say, but it's a fantasy. Even in the states where wolves can be LEGALLY taken by hunting and trapping, and a fat bounty exists, wolf numbers are still difficult to manage.

From: Orion
24-Jan-23
I'm just glad they are releasing them this coming December, you know when all the herds are vulnerable while foraging through the snow

From: Mule Power
24-Jan-23
Sticksender you got that right. Opportunities are few and far between. Very.

December! Really? That’s a terrible idea!!!!!!!

24-Jan-23
Even if we get to a point where we can start taking wolves legally, we can't trap in CO. like other states can. We won't be making a big dent with any legal take.

24-Jan-23
I just finished reading the entire, Draft Wolf Management Plan for Colorado. I would suggest that, if you have not, at least read the summary and conclusion and then see the generalized report on wolves and their possible affect on and elk, deer and moose.. See on the CPW website.

24-Jan-23

[email protected]'s Link
Link for those who take Paul's suggestion

From: Grey Ghost
24-Jan-23
My take away from that link is to be sure the wolf you SSS doesn't have a collar...if you are inclined to SSS, of course.

Matt

From: badbull
24-Jan-23
Thanks for the link. I am afraid that the possible results will be the same as what happened in Idaho back in the late1980's and early 1990's where my elk hunting area was ruined by the ballooning wolf population destroying the elk herd. Sadly, I think Sticksender is correct and they want to speed up the killing process by dumping in December. Badbull

From: Danbow
24-Jan-23
Blue State and wolves. Colorado is screwed! Hope you're getting some from the Midwest! The only way we'll get rid of them.

From: Danbow
24-Jan-23

From: welka
25-Jan-23

welka's embedded Photo
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From: MtnHillbilly
28-Jan-23
that's a great shirt

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