The Wildlife Management Program is very active in collecting harvest information, implementing numerous habitat projects and conducting research programs. We are committed to implementing sound management principles and as a result will continue to produce quality big game animals and hunting opportunities for all to enjoy well into the future.
Funding for the projects comes from the hunting program along with supplimental funding from grants. We have partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the USDA to make these programs a reality.
Water is an essential component in the arid Southwest. Our program has diligently work to develop better water distribution throughout the reservation. The distribution will aid in the better utilization of habitat by the big game animals and increase population numbers.
Surveys are conducted in January of each year to determine population numbers and herd composition. Data collected is used to determine the hunting season structure and harvest numbers.
A total of 18 elk were collared with GPS collars to determine movement, seasonal habitat selection and critical habitat. The information will help better manage the herd and it’s habitat.
Additional habitat work has occurred on cactus and Pinion-juniper. A brush rake was used to mechanically remove Cholla cactus. The area was reseeded with Native Grasses to improve habitat for mule deer, pronghorn, quail and elk.
We continue to utilize hydro-axe and so far have completed over 1,000 acres of pinon/juniper which was encroaching on natural meadows. The treatment area was also reseeded so elk and mule deer will benefit.