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Wolf Delisting Public Hearing Set for June 25 in Minnesota

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an open house and public hearing on June 25, 2019, in Brainerd, Minnesota, regarding its proposal to remove gray wolves in the Lower 48 from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The Trump administration, and the Obama administration before it, recognized that wolves are recovered, thriving and in need of being removed from the Endangered Species List. “Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, …

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Watch: Moose Calf Freed from Fence

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If you have ever been out hunting, fishing or hiking and come across a cow moose with a calf, you know it can be a little unnerving. After all, cow moose are known to be fiercely protective and often quite violent while watching out for their young. The woman, Sandy Irwin, who posted the video calmly approached the calf and freed it from the fencing that held it captive. And she did so with the …

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Hunting Included in New Oregon Wolf Management Plan

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By a vote of 6-1, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a revised wolf management plan. It includes the use of hunting and trapping as a means of controlled take. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife believes controlled take needs to remain a tool for wolf management although it proposed no such action as of now. Commissioners made some changes related to “controlled take” from the proposed Plan.  An addendum was added clearly …

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Bull Elk Spotted ‘Up On the Roof’

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Maybe that’s what a bull elk in mind when it walked out on the roof of a cabin in Estes Park, Colorado. The real question is how did it get there? A resident who lives across the way called KUSA-TV and said it’s really not that big of a mystery since the cabin backs right up to the mountainside and the elk can simply walk out and make an appearance ‘up on the roof.’ (Photo …

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Elk Migration Researcher Named RMEF Conservationist of the Year

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is proud to announce that Dr. Matt Kauffman is the recipient of its Conservationist of the Year Award for 2018. Kauffman is a U.S. Geological Survey research scientist and the lead scientist of the Wyoming Migration Initiative, a University of Wyoming-based collaborative of biologists, mapmakers, artists, photographers and writers working to research ungulate migration and share that information with the public. “Perhaps no one has done more to further …

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Weigh In on Expanded Hunting at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

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The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, located in southwest Oklahoma, wants to know what you think about a new proposal to expand hunting. The 2019 Hunt Plan would open all refuge waters (e.g., lakes, pond, creeks) in the Public Use Area, except Quanah Parker Lake, to waterfowl hunting during the state designated season (November through January). This includes Lake Elmer Thomas at the base of Mount Scott, Crater Lake near the Visitor Center, and French Lake …

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Idaho Winter Difficult on Mule Deer, Better for Elk

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Significant February snowstorms coupled with a cool, wet spring resulted in below-average survival rates for radio collared mule deer fawns in Idaho, but it had less effect on collared elk calves, according to the final survival estimates for the 2018-19 winter. Statewide, 42 percent of radio collared fawns survived through the winter. As wildlife managers expected, it was below the long-term average of 58 percent. For elk, 69 percent of radio collared calves were alive …

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U.S. Forest Service: One Billion Acres May Burn

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America is a tinder box. In fact, the head of the U.S. Forest Service says one billion acres of United States’ forestland are in danger of igniting and becoming catastrophic wildfires. Vicki Christiansen also told NPR that fire season is a bit of a misnomer because of the year-round dangerous conditions. She also said it is vital to implement active forest management to deal with the situation. “Our national priority is to improve the condition …

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Idaho Seeks Comment on Hunting, Trapping, Other Issues

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Idaho Fish and Game is proposing new rules and rule changes to be considered by the Fish and Game commission, and people have until June 26 to comment. Proposals could affect youth turkey hunting, use of WMA permits where pheasants are stocked, certain deer and elk tags, wolf trapping equipment, and importation of wildlife. Fish and Game commissioners will consider public comments before deciding whether to move forward with the proposals that would need to …

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Restoring Elk Country – SD Elk Mountain Guzzlers

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Simply put, it was an idea that took six years to fully develop and accomplish. The challenge was how to provide dependable water sources for wildlife and cattle alike in the often bone-dry Black Hills National Forest that straddles the border of southwest South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. It took a widespread collaborate effort to make it happen. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Game, Fish and …

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California Burn Improves Elk Habitat

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Thanks, in part, to grant funding from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a small chunk of elk habitat in western California is getting an upgrade. Bureau of Land Management and CAL FIRE crews conducted a burn south of Hollister near the Clear Creek Management Area. The habitat treatment will help reduce fuel available for wildland fire by eliminating invasive yellow starthistle, which in California can grow to shoulder height and form massive, briar patches. Prescribed …

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June 14 Application Deadline for 2019 Kansas Elk Hunt

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The application deadline is June 14, 2019 for resident Kansas hunters wanting to apply for an elk, either-species/either-sex deer, or antelope permit. Earlier this year, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted in favor of moving the resident limited draw deer and elk permit application deadlines to the second Friday in June. This is the first year application deadlines for either-species/either-sex deer and elk permits will coincide with the firearm antelope application deadline. Elk …

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Video: Bears One Day, Elk the Next

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A well-placed game camera can both open eyes and raise some eyebrows to what really happens in the backcountry. The video above, posted by NBC Montana, shows a bull elk prancing around in the water at an undisclosed location. Just one day earlier, according to the time stamp anyway, video from that same location showed a sow black bear and her little one also enjoying the water. That is, until the arrival of another bear …

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Scenic Elk Country in Montana’s Swan Valley Conserved, Improves Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—An important migration corridor for elk, grizzly bears, Canada lynx and other wildlife is now permanently protected and open to public access in Montana’s scenic Swan Valley. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lolo National Forest worked with a landowner to purchase and convey the 638 acres to the U.S. National Forest (USFS). It is now under the management of the Lolo National Forest. “This property sits in a wildlife movement corridor between …

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Carnivore’s Kitchen – Onion Stacked Elk Cheeseburgers

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Courtesy of Kristy Crabtree We all love to grill and some more than others, and while summer is a big grilling season several of us enjoy cooking out on the grill all year long. There is something celebratory about entertaining family and friends when you fire up the grill outdoors whether it’s in the comfort of your own backyard, a public park, or a favorite hunting campsite. Some popular foods to grill include a variety …