The current Big Desert elk hunting zone will be split for next fall's hunting season.
The Fish and Game Commission acted in its October meeting in Salmon to leave Unit 52A and 68 in the Big Desert zone, to be managed for quality elk hunting. Units 63 68A and 53 will become known as the Snake River zone where elk populations will be minimized to reduce conflicts with agriculture.
The current elk hunting zone system, comprising 28 zones, has been in place for three hunting seasons. Hunters are required to choose one zone and hunt elk within it. This is the first major realignment of the zones.