Wolf depredation of elk
I've had a number of conversations with elk hunters, some elk hunters say, my gosh, I didn't even see an elk when I went elk hunting and it's all due to the wolves. Another elk hunter will tell you,Yeah, the guy that says that doesn't know how to hunt elk. Or doesn't get off his ATV. All that said, yeah. Is it your experience as an elk hunter? Elk populations have been decimated by wolves?
Well, of course not. And I'll refer to Idaho here because that's where I have most of my experience as a hunter. Now, if you look today, I think there's 28 elk management units in Idaho. And still today, I think 24 of the 28 units are at or above objectives for elk populations. So there really isn't population level effect. There can be local effects for sure. You know, I joke about people not getting author ATV. Frankly, I think that's a big part of it. But there's also legitimately places, and I had this experience myself, where wolves affect elk hunting.
In a future episode, you learn about an even bigger factor to out depredation.