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Road to Remain Open for Montana Hunters, Others to Access

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Sometimes, just paying attention can go a long, long way. Several years ago, a staffer with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation noticed a popular road in southwest Montana was closed. He raised the issue, another RMEF staffer sat in on public discussions and took part in a stakeholder’s tour, and all involved worked out what was a somewhat issue. Today, the road is open for hunters, hikers and others to access public land. Below is …

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North Dakota Big Game Applications Now Available

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Applications to hunt elk and other big game in North Dakota are now available. A total of 478 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 70 from last year and the most since 2011. Elk, moose and bighorn sheep lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters who have received a license through the lottery in the past are not eligible to apply for that species again. Find …

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Acting Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order to Ensure Public Access is Considered in Land Transactions

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued a directive to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ensuring public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation is considered for all proposals that would exchange or dispose of public lands. Secretarial Order 3373 requires the BLM to amend its Land Use Planning Handbook and other guidance within 45 days to include public access for outdoor recreation as one of the factors in determining whether a parcel should be …

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Tis the Season, Bears are Waking Up

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The temperatures are warming and that means bears are waking up from hibernation. Of course, that means if you plan to spent time in bear country you need to be vigilant and prepared. “Typically, male bears emerge from their dens in mid-March and early April, while females and young-of-the-year cubs emerge in late April and early May,” said Dusty Lasseter, Wyoming Game and Fish bear wise coordinator.  “With grizzly bears being active in the Greater …

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Want to Help Manage Wildlife in Utah?

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If you are interested in Utah’s wildlife and how species are managed, several positions will soon be opening on the five Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) that share public feedback with the Utah Wildlife Board. You can apply for one of the available RAC positions. Each RAC holds about six meetings a year. At the meetings, RAC members listen to proposals from Division of Wildlife Resources biologists about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah. They …

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Pursue The Wild – Kansas Elk Numbers Rise

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Kansas is well-known as home to a thriving population of whitetail deer but is also home to a small population of free-ranging Rocky Mountain Elk. In this episode of Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus shares how elk populations have been restored to the Kansas Flint Hills. And the efforts that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has done in the area to benefit all wildlife, including the growing elk population. PRESENTED BY: Ruger: http://ruger.com/ RMEF: http://www.rmef.org/ Dead …

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Hunters Victorious in Court

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of hunters on a game retrieval program in the Kaibab National Forest of northern Arizona. Environmental groups appealed a previous ruling by the Arizona U.S. District Court, which they also lost. “This is a big win for hunters,” said Kyle Weaver, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation president and CEO. “Hunters play an important role in helping wildlife officials effectively manage the populations of elk and …

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Post Season Reflection

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Now is the best time of year to reflect and prep for next season.  Now that most seasons have wrapped up, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what worked and more importantly, what didn’t.  Remember the old adage, ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’  This is the best time of year to think about your needs and begin to prep. ‘I was cold last season’ is the most common statement we …

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Big Game Feeding Limited in Idaho

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Idaho Fish and Game and its winter feeding advisory committees continue to monitor conditions in light of snowstorms, and through late February there was still no need for large-scale, emergency winter feeding. The latest batch of snowstorms to come through Idaho pushed the snowpack for nearly all of the state’s drainages above their respective averages, according to the National Resources Conservation Service. At the end of February, snowpack ranged from 91 to 153 percent of …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Wyoming

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Wildlife authorities in Wyoming are trying to find the person(s) responsible for the poaching of a bull elk in northern Wyoming. According to SheridanMedia.com, someone shot the animal on private property in northern Sheridan County along Pass Creek Road, removed the head, backstraps and hindquarters but left the rest to rot. If you have any information, calls 307-655-9495, 307-672-7418 or call the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) (Photo source: Jim Peaco-NPS)

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Help Determine Future of Hunting in Wyoming

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) will conduct six open-house meetings throughout the Bighorn Basin with one final meeting in Cody to discuss 2019 hunting season proposals for game birds and big game. During the open houses, Game and Fish personnel will be available to discuss proposed changes to 2019 hunting seasons for local hunt areas. A final meeting, during which statewide seasons may be discussed, will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 28 …

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Leftover Elk Licenses Available in Arizona

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Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2019 elk hunts. There are 744 leftover hunt permit-tags — 668 for the minimal occurrence zone/low density (general) hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. All remaining hunt permit-tags will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis as follows: If you put in for an elk tag but have not yet checked to see if you were …