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Application Period Open for Idaho Grizzly Hunt

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will accept controlled hunt applications for a 2018 grizzly bear tag June 15 through July 15. The drawing is limited to Idaho residents with a valid Idaho hunting license. The drawing is expected to occur in early August. The successful applicant will pick up the tag at the Idaho Falls Regional Office. Fish and Game staff will give the hunter training and information about grizzly bear identification before …

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Michigan Wolf Population Continues to Grow

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The latest count by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shows a minimum population of 662 wolves in Michigan, more than three times larger than state population objective of 200. “Based on our latest minimum population estimate, it is clear wolf numbers in Michigan remain viable and robust,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s wildlife division. “A similar trend is apparent in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The western Great Lakes states’ wolf population is …

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Researchers Seek Size of Gros Ventre Elk Herd

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Researchers are trying to get a handle on how many elk are using key migration routes in western Wyoming. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the majority of the herd poured out of the Gros Venture valley this past winter for the first time on record. Yet, researchers documented nearly 2,000 elk that still passed through a key migration corridor. “It’s good to see that, yes, the elk are coming back,” Aly Courtemanch, …

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Bugle Cover Photo Honored with Pinnacle Award

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a bit biased but we believe elk photos are almost always stunning and beautiful. Having said that, the image captured by Tim Christie he calls “The Crossing” is downright amazing. And we’re not the only ones that believe that. The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) recently honored Christie with a Pinnacle Award at its annual conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. “It is always both exciting and humbling to receive such …

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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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Getting the Most of Field Rests

In Gear 101 by Wayne van Zwoll4 Comments

There’s a proper technique to using a rest. I’m really good at using back rests—even a cave man can do that. But supporting the rifle with a rest isn’t as easy as it looks. Benchrest shooters, who fire match ammo through heavy, accurate rifles over sophisticated rests, are very conscious of technique. Even if the rest is solid, your shoulder can nudge the rifle at the instant of firing. Your trigger pull can tug it …

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Six Steps To Improve Bow Accuracy

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The best bowhunters don’t think about their shots at game: they’re automatic from start to finish. But they do think about shooting in the off-season, practicing and polishing the seven basic steps of accurate archery. The same steps must be mastered whether you shoot recurve bow or compound bow, or whether you aim with or without bowsights. If you aren’t able to hit a 3-inch bull’s-eye almost every time from 20 yards and a 6-inch …

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How to Sharpen an Axe

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From cutting firewood to pounding tent stakes to hacking through a rib cage, there’s a place in every elk camp for a trusty axe or hatchet. While they might be cumbersome to pack on your back, you can always use a hardy all-purpose blade in camp. We’ll take you through the basics and benefits of the camp axe and hatchet. The Swedes know their axes, and Gransfors Bruks has been building some of the best …

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Four Wisconsinites Drawn for Inaugural Elk Hunt, RMEF to Unveil Fifth

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Four residents of Wisconsin beat the odds and had their names drawn from among 38,000-plus entries for the state’s first-ever managed elk hunt to take place in 2018. “This is an historic time for the department and I would like to sincerely thank all those who applied for an elk license,” said Kevin Wallenfang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer and elk ecologist. “It was a privilege to call all the winners and personally congratulate …