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Managing Expectations

In Youth by RMEFLeave a Comment

For my deer hunt, I wanted nothing less than a big four-point, but the longer we hunted, the more I realized that might not happen. I saw a lot of good deer during our 8-day hunt, but just couldn’t get a good shot. I was getting really discouraged but my dad helped me keep going until I got one. It was a really good experience and I learned a lot. I saw a lot of …

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Improvised First Aid

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Do What You Can with What You Have It’s wise to carry first-aid supplies in your hunting pack, and I strongly advise that you do. But let’s face it, sometimes we don’t. Or we wind up needing something we didn’t  carry. The reality is that injuries do happen, and you’re fortunate if you have hunting partners to help you cope. But to be best prepared, you should be in the mind-set of “self-aid” when considering …

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Lawmaker: Remove Mexican Wolves from Endangered Species List

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Calling it a regulatory nightmare for rural communities and ranchers, a Senator from Arizona wants to remove Mexican wolves from the list of federally protected species.  According to the Associated Press, Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) bill calls for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the species recovered and remove it from the Endangered Species List if the population of fewer than 100 animals is established along the Arizona-New Mexico border. The latest survey …

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Utah to Offer More Black Bear Permits

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Due to a growing population, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will offer more black bear permits during the 2018 hunting season. “The state’s bear population has been growing steadily since 1998, especially in the southeastern part of the state,” says Darren DeBloois, DWR game mammals coordinator. “The state’s bear population is doing really well. We’re excited about that.” This past season, the number of permits issued resulted in hunters taking 365 bears in …

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Game Cameras Help Researchers, Catch Animals in the Act

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Scientists are using more and more motion-activated field cameras to assist with their research. “There’s no doubt — it is an incredible tool to acquire data on wildlife,” Grant Harris, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist, told the Seattle Times. The director of the Wyoming Migration Initiative, funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, uses crews to deploy remove cameras and global positioning to monitor the movements of elk and other …

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Glassing for Game

In The Hunt by RMEFLeave a Comment

If you’re the average elk hunter, you don’t have enough coin to buy the best of everything. Doing so would likely mean a second mortgage. But if you’re going to buy one thing that will truly make your elk hunting more productive and enjoyable, it’s high-quality binoculars. Good (typically expensive) glass gathers more light at dawn and dusk than a less expensive pair. Images are crisp and clean. It only takes one hunt using your …

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Arizona Hunters, Others Turn in Poachers

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief received nearly 1,100 reports which led to 76 citations for wildlife violations in 2017. “Poachers are thieves. They do not represent the hunting community, and the majority of the reports come from hunters and anglers who are out in the field and witness suspicious activity,” said Scott Fischer, program manager for Operation Game Thief. “The hunting community does a great job of policing itself. If you …

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Oregon Hopes to Have Roadkill Salvage Law in Effect by October

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to have the new law allowing for salvage permits of deer or elk to be in effect by October-November. As reported by Oregon Live, October-November is the peak of wildlife/vehicle collisions in the state. Oregon’s governor signed the new law passed by the legislature in 2017 with a deadline of Jan. 1, 2019 to be implemented. The permit will not allow salvaging of antlers, but only meat …