This is the first year disabled hunters cannot take an antlerless elk. According to Stuart Love, Charleston field office wildlife biologist, the elk population in the Tioga Unit is below Management Objective.
“Eliminating the anterless elk harvest should bring the population back up in time,” Love said. “We also eliminated this option for archery hunters this past season.”
As the elk population recovers, ODFW will consider allowing antlerless harvest where appropriate.