Did anyone else apply for the Elk Reduction Hunt....


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Otony
August 10, 2010, 09:01 PM
......in Theodore Roosevelt National Park? My shooting partner and I put in for every week of November, December, and January. Well, every week that is except for Thanksgiving and the week before and after Christmas. I do have a family after all! :p

If selected we will be working for the Park Service for a minimum of five days, shooting (not really hunting) cow elk as directed by a Park employee. The location of the elk is known via radio collars, but while that means they can find 'em easily enough, we still have to get to 'em.

We were notified that if chosen we should expect to shoot between 10 and 20 elk each during our five day stint. Hopefully with success, but the shooters will be going out in five man teams counting the Park supervisor. So there will be intentional back up in the case of missed or botched shots, a very good thing.

Sounds exciting, if somewhat sad after a fashion. All the elk meat will go to Indian tribes, with each shooter receiving a cow each for their efforts. I should know in about two weeks if we were chosen. If there were not enough applicants, we may be chosen for additional week as well, again with a cow elk in payment!

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exbiologist
August 10, 2010, 09:07 PM
No but I should've

Otony
August 10, 2010, 09:33 PM
Had you hear about it? I was very surprised by the lack of info on shooting and hunting forums (read: NONE). In fact, save for the Park website and a blurb at the NRA website, plus a couple of news articles Back East (literally in Atlantic state newspapers) I could find absolutely nothing elsewhere.

I will admit to, ahem, not having mentioned it much beforehand.....:rolleyes:

exbiologist
August 10, 2010, 10:06 PM
A friend sent me an email about it, I don't know where he heard about it.

Sweet
August 11, 2010, 12:41 AM
Yes Sir. I put my name in the hat, along with a couple of friends of mine. I am looking forward to hearing if we got a slot.

Otony
August 11, 2010, 12:52 AM
Good luck Sweet, keep us posted and I will do the same.

waffentomas
August 11, 2010, 07:05 PM
I applied. Less than a 2% chance to be selected, but what the heck.

Sweet
August 14, 2010, 07:36 PM
I called and talked to the folks that are running the Elk Reduction Program. I was told that on the last day to register, they received so many entries that it shut their server down. They stated there was less than 1% chance of drawing a slot. I am still hopeful.

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