I am writing in defense of Barry Dyar and the policies of the Elk Research Institute. Yes, I harvested a cow elk last
August. Dyar told me to aim for the top of the neck; the animal died instantly. The range was approximately 80
And I chose to use a dart on a bull elk. It was challenging to pursue a bull through the brush; the dart gun is limited
to about 25 yards. But I made a good shot and after pursuing the animal, the tranquilizer worked and the horns were cut
At all times, Dyar conducted himself in a professional manner. He explained to me the various aspects of the hunt and
the policies and research conducted at the institute.
Finally, I want to stress several points that will make the most sense to older hunters. As a senior hunter over age
65, I have no desire to get on a horse and ride around the Rockies looking for elk. That is, hunting can be relatively
easy or relatively hard. Several years ago, I hunted New Mexico. It was a December hunt, so if the weather was cold,the probability of harvesting an elk was excellent; if the weather was warm, no elk. Anyway, if one hunts during the
rut, hunting can be fairly easy. Or, in my case, it was very difficult.
Lastly, in regard to the harvesting of wild game, my personal ethic is that the most any living creature can hope for
in this life is a quick death. I say that because I lost my wife and three siblings to cancer.
Cancer is a slow, horrible death. And elk meat is delicious. So harvest elk and find ways to deal with chronic wasting
I enjoyed Durango and its people.
Douglas Gary Carman,