This year saw the harvest of five bull elk; two in archery and three in the rifle
season. Three wounded bulls and several missed shots combined with difficult hunting
circumstances due to the worst drought in 50 years resulted in a frustrating archery
season. Rifle hunters were much more successful. In addition to three nice bull kills,
two bucks and six cow elk were taken.
The drought which began in September 2020 continued through November of 2021. The
effect of severe drought, a nasty hailstorm, and a major grasshopper infestation
is evidenced by the fact that no (that is zero) bales were harvested on 320 acres
of seeded alfalfa/grass hay fields. The lack of available forage, below normal cold
temperatures, and above normal windy conditions, could have a significant impact
on wildlife mortality this winter. We are hopeful that heavy snows in March and April
along with abundant Spring rains will end the drought and restore sub-soil moisture,
refill the stock ponds and rejuvenate forage growth.