View Full Version : Did anyone apply for the Elk Reduction Hunt..........

08-11-2010, 9:26 AM
......in Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota? 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 wife and kids after all!

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 have been told that hiking in as far as 10 miles round trip may be necessary, which doesn't seem too bad except for possible weather issues.

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 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!

08-11-2010, 9:28 AM
That seems kinda weird.

Isnt that why we have UAV's with Hellfires?

08-11-2010, 9:34 AM

08-11-2010, 10:02 AM
This is awesome. If you get selected take lots of pics and share with us.

Big Jake
08-11-2010, 10:05 AM
I wanna go!

08-11-2010, 10:32 AM
Sounds exciting!!

08-11-2010, 11:24 AM
It is pretty cool. Originally the Park Service was going to hire "professional" hunters to take the cow elk using ATVs! :eek:

Thankfully, a North Dakota senator put a halt to that CRAP. He pushed the Park boys to open it up for your average Joe so it became a reduction hunt to insure the habitat for the elk, and a chance to bring home some tasty meat in the process.

We have to pass a shooting abilities test and be in good physical shape. If we can't shoot, or seem to be on the verge of cardiac arrest, out we go. Also, safety is paramount. If we act like yahoos, do not pass go.

Of course consider what the weather may be like in freaking North Dakota in Nov, Dec, and Jan! ND usually has some impressive cold/snow each winter. I have never really been out that way, so after looking at a map I was reminded that it is next to Minnesota, another icy haven.

Don't know if we will get picked but if so, y'all can count on a LOT of pics. I have no problem with the verbage! :p