Hunters are being invited to shoot elk high on the San Francisco Peaks again this coming fall -- any age and either gender -- to reduce populations of the aspen-eating animals.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is opening it up as a "physically challenging" hunt to promote aspen regeneration on the San Francisco Peaks, including Hart Prairie.

It proposes to offer 390 tags for hunting in the mostly wilderness area. There will be four anterless elk hunts and three any-elk hunts.

This is the second year the agency has opened the area for elk hunts with an intention to help young aspen trees survive to adulthood.

"We are offering these permits in coordination with the Coconino National Forest as another habitat management tool for aspen regeneration on the Peaks," said Carl Lutch, wildlife program manager for the Flagstaff Game and Fish office. "There are other factors affecting aspen trees, but reducing the number of elk that utilize aspen is one piece of the puzzle in helping aspen recover on the Coconino National Forest."

Feb. 12, 7 p.m., is the deadline for hunters wanting to apply for tags.

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annroc2004
annroc2004

Carl Lutch, wildlife program manager for the Flagstaff Game and Fish office. "There are other factors affecting aspen trees, but reducing the number of elk that utilize aspen is one piece of the puzzle in helping aspen recover on the Coconino National Forest."

My question is: What are you going to do when they wipe out all the Elk ? you will have alot of Aspen trees but no animals romaing the forests;this Aspen Tree program is just an excuse to go and destory Gods' majestic creatures for food

MikePL
MikePL

Yeah, and with last year's success rates below the main 7E cow hunt, it's looking more like a depredation hunt.

LegalUSCitizen
LegalUSCitizen

Amen to that, annroc2004! The Arizona Game and Fish quit doing their jobs years ago. Their mission statement says "managing wildlife for tomorrow"; well, if things keep going as they are.............there will be NO WILDLIFE to manage in the future. This opportunistic garbage has got to stop as well as the giving in to the USFS at every turn!

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