The wolves are a plague on the wildlife in that region and the politicians are more worried about re-election and not pissing off the animal rights greenpeace wolf conservationist disc golf playing masses out there, than doing their real job. I just read the other day how some famous wolf was legally harvested in montana, and because he was collared and probably extra plush and cuddly, all wolf hunting around yellowstone in Montana has been suspended. This stuff makes me sick! I'm shocked the ranchers, landowners and outfitters haven't fertilized the ground with every wolf they come across. It is clearly out of hand and only baby steps have seemingly been taken to remedy the problem.
its not like wolves are under every tree, we hunted elk between jackson and dubois this year and all of us had wolf tags in our pockets, that area had a quota of 7 wolves, which tells me there are quite a few in the area. I personally went to find a wolf and I never even saw any tracks. Saw 3 or 4 grizzlies in there. Our group managed to take down 2 or 3 bull elk though. Nothing huge though. After that experience, I think I'll stick to the eastern side of the state
I can assure you, if you go along with your plan of yours to hunt elk in the wilderness with a resident...You will be hassled much more by grizz than by wolves. Its a whole different ball game out here than other areas that arent thick with bears.
Do you feel the bears are as big of an issue in surrounding units? As in 70 or 71?
Entirely. The bears that i deal with are in 70,71. Its thick. from the trailheads all the way to the yellowstone line. My camp sits 18 miles into the wilderness, we pack in boat batteries and run 3 strand electric fence around the entire camp and corral area that pushes 11,000 volts when turned on. I guess i should mention that if we didnt have that fence, we would have a grizz IN camp each night most likely. They are a serious nuisance and get worse as the season goes on and they get closer to hibernation as they look more and more for food sources. I will try to remember to post up a couple game cam pics i got this fall of one of the biggest bears i have deal with. He caused us absolute havoc around camp this year, so i set up a game cam and got picture and video of him hitting the fence.
Heck yeah lets see some of the pics. That sounds like some stressful sleep. I bet that helps keep hunters out in the field and not just sunning in camp.
But heck for the chance at a big old herd bull isn't it all worth it? As long as you stay alert use proper storage and keep a clean camp. It sounds like the trip of a lifetime.