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A Search for Rebirth – A RMEF Film

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Historic records show elk once inhabited at least 50 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. But due to human settlement and over-hunting combined with declining habitat, the animals vanished in the mid-to-late 1800’s. A reintroduction attempt took place in the mid 1930’s. It failed and more than 75 years would pass until the sound of a bugling bull would be heard in the woods of Wisconsin. 2018 marked the first managed hunt in the state of Wisconsin, …

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Two Elk Poached in Colorado

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Wildlife officials in southwest Colorado need more information to try to find the person(s) responsible for poaching two bull elk in early November in the Uncompahgre National Forest. “Whoever did this shows a total lack of respect for wildlife and ethical hunting,” Mark Caddy, Norwood District Ranger, told The Journal. “Colorado’s hunters are ethical, respect wildlife and follow regulations. This was not done by a hunter. It was done by a criminal.” Authorities offered a $1,250 …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Southern Oregon

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Wildlife officials and the Oregon State Police are searching for the person who poached an elk near Eagle Point in southern Oregon. “Our Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded to that area, where they located a bull elk that was shot and killed and partially harvested, meaning that they tried to harvest the animal but for whatever reason they stopped in the middle of it,” Sergeant Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police, told KTVL-TV. Police …

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Northeast Minnesotans: We Want Elk

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A survey conducted by the University of Minnesota and funded, in part, by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation shows 77 percent of those contacted support restoring wild, free-ranging elk to the forests of northeast Minnesota. On top of that, 79 percent of landowners also support the idea. “We assumed that the issue would be of more interest to landowners than perhaps many in the general public who might be living in towns and cities without …

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Arkansas Hunters Step Up, Assist Fight against CWD

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Want another example how Hunting Is Conservation? In Arkansas, hunters are doing their part to help wildlife managers in the fight against chronic wasting disease. They voluntarily provided more than 5,300 biological samples from harvested deer to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) so far this hunting season, helping AGFC to continue monitoring the distribution of CWD in the state. With almost a month of the firearms deer season and two additional months of …

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Montana Commissioners Reverse Stance, Won’t Oppose RMEF Access Project

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Due in part to a swell of support from locals including landowners and hunters, the Meagher County Commission reversed its stance and said it will not go on record as opposing a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation project. Located in central Montana, the transaction would permanently protect 4,000 acres of wildlife habitat, open public access to it and improve access to about 7,000 acres of adjacent public land as well. According to the Independent Record, commissioners …

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Hunters Help Fight CWD in Minnesota

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Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90. The hunts are one step …

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Thief Steals Elk Antlers

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Somebody walked into the lobby of a hotel in Craig, Colorado, and stole the antlers off right of an elk mount. According to a Facebook post, it happened at the Quality Inn and Suites. Mountain Man Taxidermy LLC states it will file a police report and is offering a reward. The site also stated the mount is loaned out to the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapter to assist its activities. Craig is about 200 …

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Removing Junipers Benefits Wyoming Wildlife Habitat

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More isn’t always better, especially when it comes to more and larger juniper trees on the landscape of southern Wyoming. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management to remove encroaching junipers. Doing so rejuvenates sagebrush and other native vegetation which benefits sage grouse, mule deer and even domestic livestock. “These are the kinds of projects the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation enjoys funding,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer for …

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85-Year-Old Grandma Keeps on Hunting, Punches Her Tag

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Mary Brittain loves to hunt. She’s been doing it for more than half a century in her home state of Oregon. But back then was a lot different than today when she had to walk behind her husband, observe and learn. “I didn’t carry a gun then,” Brittain told Fox News. “He would make me walk behind him while he taught me to hunt. Then I started killing my own deer. It wasn’t long after …

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How Hunters Help Game Management

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Hunting Is Conservation. Those three simple words speak volumes. It’s a fairly well-established fact that revenue generated from hunting licenses and fees combined with an excise tax on guns, ammunition and archery equipment generates significant funding for conservation. What may not be as well-known or understood is how hunters themselves are vital to wildlife conservation. Hunting is the main tool used by game managers in helping to shape the size of wildlife populations. Hunting regulations …

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$400K in RMEF Grants Spice Up Idaho Elk Country

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $396,140 in grant funding for habitat stewardship work, research and hunting heritage projects in Idaho. “There is a substantial need for scientific data to get a better handle on struggling elk populations in parts of Idaho,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This grant funding also assists wolf management and supports thinning, noxious weed control, prescribed burning and other projects designed to enhance habitat and improve forest …

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What’s with the snarl?

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When a bull elk lifts his head and curls his upper lip into a grimace, he’s not just acting tough for the ladies—he’s trying to figure out if his love life is going to pick up. The snarl is called the flehman response and by curling their upper lips bulls expose their vomeronasal organ (located in their palate) that is used to detect estrus in cow urine, which in turn lets the bulls know when …

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5 Tips for Accuracy – It’s All In Your Head

In Gear 101 by Wayne van Zwoll3 Comments

The Take-away Yesterday as I write this a six-point bull walked out of my scope field at 280 yards. He vanished in an organic mesh of alder 9 feet thick. I sighed as others party to the event whispered, “Can’t believe he didn’t shoot. I’d ‘a’ hammered that bull. Won’t get a chance like that again soon.” Counting me, we were four people: four times as many as needed to shoot an elk or pass …