Craig Jourdonnais

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Craig Jourdonnais
Big Game Researcher
Craig graduated with a B.S. in wildlife management in 1982 and completed his M.S. degree in Range Management in 1985 from the University of Montana School of Forestry. Craig worked seasonal wildlife tech positions with U.S. Forest Service, Bitterroot National Forest and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks during his college career. Craig completed his Master’s research using prescribed fire and cattle grazing on a rough fescue winter range to improve elk forage conditions on the Sun River Wildlife Management Area. Results from this research are published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Craig spent the next 33 years working for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He spent one year on the East Front Grizzly Project, 3 years as a state game warden, 15 years as a statewide wildlife video production specialist and his remaining tenure as the area wildlife biologist in the Gallatin, Madison and Bitterroot Valleys.

Craig works as a youth hunt coordinator and big game researcher for MPG Ranch. Craig spends his time away from MPG Ranch with his family hunting, fishing, floating and hiking. He is a competitive swimmer and coaches Missoula High School swimming.

Jourdonnais, C.S., & Bedunah, D.T.  (1990).  Prescribed fire and cattle grazing on an elk winter range in Montana.  Wildlife Society Bulletin  18, 232-240.
Published Paper

Proffitt, K. M., Grigg, J.L., Garrott, R.A., Hamlin, K.I., Cunningham, J., Gude, J.A. & Jourdonnais, C.  (2010).  Changes in Elk Resource Selection and Distributions Associated With a Late-Season Elk Hunt.  Journal of Wildlife Management  74, 210–218.
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