11 September 2010
We hunt the “wildest Elk in North America” here at Dome Mountain Ranch. The Northern Yellowstone Herd has now survived through a few generations of Wolf reintroductions. Although you can’t eat the horns, according to Boone and Crocket Club, the top 7 bulls came from Park County. I’m a strong supporter of Boone and Crocket and appreciate their promotion of fair chase hunting, hunter ethics and educational programs.
FAIR CHASE STATEMENT
FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.
Fundamental to all hunting is the concept of conservation of natural resources. Hunting in today’s world involves the regulated harvest of individual animals in a manner that conserves, protects, and perpetuates the hunted population. The hunter engages in a one-to-one relationship with the quarry and his or her hunting should be guided by a hierarchy of ethics related to hunting, which includes the following tenets:
1. Obey all applicable laws and regulations.
2. Respect the customs of the locale where the hunting occurs.
3. Exercise a personal code of behavior that reflects favorably on your abilities and sensibilities as a hunter.
4. Attain and maintain the skills necessary to make the kill as certain and quick as possible.
5. Behave in a way that will bring no dishonor to either the hunter, the hunted, or the environment.
6. Recognize that these tenets are intended to enhance the hunter’s experience of the relationship between predator and prey, which is one of the most fundamental relationships of humans and their environment.
Since the year 2000, Park County Montana holds the most record elk.
It’s archery season now, yet the summer of incredible fishing is still hanging on. Some snow blankets the hills at around 7,000 feet. Most of the crowds from Yellowstone have dispersed, things are slowing down. It’s a great time to be here. I’m looking forward to getting into the hills. That sweet music is starting to turn my attention from the river to the ridges.
The high country habitat is lush. Springs that might have been dried up in the draught years are now flowing strong. Elk habits will be unpredictable. Hunting them will be a challenging learning experience as always. The mountains will be steep, the valleys dark. Things will be wild, just like they should be. It’s going to be a great season.
See You on the Mountain
Jim “JB” Klyap, Outfitter #7843