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More Access Available for Idaho Hunters

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) recently finalized a land acquisition in the Bull’s Fork area east of Idaho Falls. The property adds an additional 1,552 acres to the Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and is open to the public for hunting and trapping. “Not only does the new property provide additional access to hunting opportunity, but it helps provide long-term protection of lands that are critical to maintaining migration pathways for …

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Idaho Wildlife Management Area Provides Winter Refuge for Elk, Mule Deer

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Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. As days get shorter and temperatures start to fall, mule deer and elk make their way from the Boise Mountains to the Boise foothills seeking lower elevations, mild temperatures, and available forage to survive the winter. Some come from as far away as the Sawtooth Mountains. The Boise River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is the primary winter range for Unit 39 mule …

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Court Boots Enviro Appeal, Oregon Wolves Remain Delisted

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The wolf population in Oregon will remain delisted after the Oregon Court of Appeals tossed a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups. The Oregon legislature passed a bill into law in 2016 ratifying action by the Oregon Department of Fish (ODFW) and Wildlife to remove wolves from the state endangered species list in late 2015. The appeals court stated that legislative action made the subsequent environmental suit moot. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed an …

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Montana Collects More Positive Chronic Wasting Disease Samples

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Below is a news release issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on December 9, 2019. Samples from 25 deer harvested around the state tested positive for chronic wasting disease last week. The majority of the new positive samples were from animals harvested within CWD Management Zones, where the disease is known to exist. Two of the positive samples were from areas where the disease had not been previously detected. These include a mule deer …

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Hunter, Angler Dollars Used to Clean Up Illegal Dumping

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) wants your help reporting those responsible for illegally dumping trash around the state, specifically at access sites. IDFG uses hunter and angler dollars to maintain those locations for public use and is responsible for cleaning up the sites. “That money could be better spent improving these access sites for our hunters and anglers,” said Curt Creson, IDFG recreation site maintenance supervisor. “Every region deals with it to …

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Judge: Wildlife Officials Must Review Grizzlies in Lower 48

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Acting on orders from a U.S. district judge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the status of grizzly bears across the Lower 48 states. Environmental advocates want to place grizzlies into 12 states. The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group based in Arizona well known for filing lawsuits as a way to generate funding, previously filed suit against the federal government citing what it deems as 110,000 square miles of potential grizzly …

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Idaho Takes to Sky to Monitor Elk, Deer Populations

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Beginning now in December (2019), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) staff will use low-flying helicopters to count deer and elk populations. Flights will take place across the state including the Upper Snake Region into March. “These surveys provide crucial information to guide our management decisions,” says Curtis Hendricks, IDFG wildlife manager. “Flying is not without risk, but it is how we provide accurate information to hunters about the health and distribution of our …

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Gold Ring Savings: Leupold’s VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm CDS

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Leupold’s award-winning VX-3i riflescope line is designed to deliver unparalleled versatility – and this month you can add one (or two!) to your collection at a discount rate. Available for a limited time, get $100 in instant savings when you purchase a VX-3i 4.5-14×40 CDS. Even before instant savings, the 4.5-14×40 CDS model is a great deal. It uses the Twilight Max Light Management System to drastically reduce glare and filter light for optimal clarity throughout the …

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Minnesota to Update Wolf Management Plan

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to update the state’s wolf management plan and wants to know what you think about it. “It’s critical to have all voices about wolves at the table,” said Dan Stark, the DNR’s wolf management specialist. “With the public’s input, we can effectively evaluate how the wolf management plan is working and identify what may need to be improved.” As part of the process, the DNR plans to …

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For Some, Elk Hunting is Like a Religion

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Below is an article written by Bruce Auchly, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks information and education manager for Region 4. Bless me father for I have sinned. My last elk hunt was several years ago. In Montana, elk hunting is akin to religion. You don’t have to be a true believer, but a day spent chasing elk, following tracks in the snow, or even sitting in the woods and watching the natural world unfold can …

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Watch: Non-Hunter Takes Up Hunting

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“Hunting has never been a part of my life. I have never desired to take down a bull elk with a gun or even whack a trout on the head. Yet, somehow, I found myself in a hunter education class, enjoying the lessons and learning more than I ever expected. If I’m clearly not a hunter, why on earth did I sign up for hunter-ed?” Those are the words of Crystal Egli, a videographer with …

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104-Year-Old Grandma Takes Whitetail Buck

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You don’t need to take a hunter education course in Wisconsin if you’re born before 1973. Florence Teeters has that date beat by 58 years! The 104-year-old Wisconsin woman recently bagged a young whitetail buck while hunting with her youngest son, Bill. “I took mom out to the blind this year,” Bill told WMTV. “I had a nice chair for her and it was nice and warm. A little after 4 p.m., a buck shows …

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Cow Elk, Calf Drown in Montana Reservoir

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Wildlife rescue attempts do not always have happy endings. Unfortunately, despite a valiant effort, that is what happened in central Montana. A cow elk and a calf fell through the ice on Lake Sutherlin, approximately 75 miles east of Helena. With the help of the local sheriff, a biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks gathered some equipment and made his way toward the animals. He tried to lasso the two with a rope but …

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Bull Elk Poached in Montana, Help Find Culprits

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are investigating the poaching of a bull elk that someone shot and killed south of Columbia Falls between Montana Highway 206 and the Flathead River. The animal turned up dead in a field northwest of Sullivan Crossroad and Middle Road. Authorities believe it happened the night of November 18 or the morning of November 19. If you have any information, call (406) 210-0569 or 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). (Photo source: …

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Help Shape Arizona’s Elk Hunting Future

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) recently published its recommendations for the 2020 and 2021 elk, pronghorn and fall turkey and population management hunts, and wants to know what you think. The recommendations spell out dates, areas, species, sex of species and number of suggested permits. AFGD comes to that determination by using science-based methods to assure wildlife is managed within the biological limits of each species. It also develops management strategies that consider …