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2012 Big Game Roundup

by Greg Rodriguez   |  August 6th, 2012 2

Last year proved to be a much better year than some of the folks I interviewed for the 2011 forecast indicated. The optimism of biologists in the Midwest proved to be justified, but the bleak forecast put forth by those in some of the western states was a bit hasty. In fact, most of the West did much better than their respective spokespeople predicted, with great harvest numbers and excellent trophy quality on deer and elk. According to the folks I interviewed this year, 2012 is going to be even better.

I am happy to report that, overall, 2012 should be an excellent year for North American hunters. We may never see the numbers of sheep and mule deer our grandfathers did, but thanks to conservation practices, those species are doing well, and the more common species like elk, deer, and bear have never been in better shape. Those coveted tags take a long time to draw, but don’t let another year pass without applying. The more often you apply, the better your chances of drawing one of those precious once-in-a-lifetime tags.

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