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Idaho Considers Shorter Elk Season in Panhandle

March 16, 2009.

Concerned about low cow:calf ratios, Idaho is considering reducing the length of the elk season in northern units.

By shrinking the general rifle season by up to 10 days, the Department of Fish and Game hopes to reduce the cow elk harvest by 50 percent and the bull elk harvest by 15 percent for herds in the Panhandle Region.

Jim Hayden, the Department's regional manager, told hunters during a meeting in Coeur d'Alene:

"We're seeing lower calf ratios in every unit. Where we don't have wolves, we're in trouble. Where we have wolves, we're in more trouble." has complete coverage.

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