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HUNTING’s 2013 Big Game Forecast

by Joseph von Benedikt   |  November 10th, 2013 4

2013 Big Game Forecast

With massive predation, horrific winterkill, and the effects of poor nutrition caused by way too many consecutive drought years, the West is suffering under a triad of conditions adverse to healthy big-game populations. That said, you can still have a good Western hunt this fall. You’ll need to do more research, search a little harder for an over-the-counter (OTC) tag or leftover permit, and hunt like you mean it, but it can be done. After conversations with state biologists and wildlife managers in nine different states, here’s our analysis of what you can expect for big game hunting, along with a few backstage pointers for success.

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