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Steel Wire vs Synthetic Winch Rope

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WARN synthetic rope, such as its Spydura line, is made from an ultra-high molecular polyethylene material. It receives a coat of urethane that helps protect the rope from the effects of ultra-violet rays and chemicals, two enemies of synthetic rope. The rope also includes a sliding sleeve to help protect it from wear and abrasion while winching. All WARN truck and SUV winches equipped with synthetic rope should be used with a hawse fairlead.  Synthetic …

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Smoky Mountain Elk Fest a Resounding Success

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They came from across the entire Smoky Mountain region and even as far away as Texas. More than 3,000 people attended the first-ever Smoky Mountain Elk Fest at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in North Carolina. Why? They gathered to celebrate a growing elk herd successfully restored to its historic range, with the assistance of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, nearly two decades earlier. “RMEF is immensely proud of this inaugural festival that was 18 …

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Wisconsin Officials: Hunters Reminded to Test Deer for CWD before Consuming

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With deer hunting season upon us, Wisconsin state officials are encouraging hunters who harvest deer in counties affected by chronic wasting disease to have the animal tested for CWD, and only consume venison from deer in which CWD is not detected. Testing options are also available in other areas of the state. “Although this venison consumption advisory has been in place for years, we thought it was important to remind people of it as we …

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Cooperative Effort Seeks to Reduce Elk-Vehicle Collisions in California

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Sometimes, the best way to tackle a pressing issue is to tackle it as a group. That’s exactly what is happening along California’s busy State Route 97. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the University of California-Davis and other partners to try to reduce the number of elk-vehicle collisions on the busy stretch of highway. “Caltrans is dedicated to improving the safety of California drivers, which includes …

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Three Montana Hunters Survive Grizzly Attacks on Same Day

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Three hunters suffered moderate to severe injuries in two separate grizzly bear attacks on the west side of the Gravelly Mountains in southwest Montana. Both attacks involved a single bear, but it is unclear whether the same bear was involved. Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks asked hunters to leave the area while the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest closed Cottonwood Road. The first attack happened at about 7:30 a.m. (on 9/17/2019) when a bear charged …

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Careless Behavior Leads to Closure of Wyoming Walk-In Hunting Area

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Here is an important reminder from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The loss of approximately 1,200 acres of private land for hunting access is a good reminder for sportsmen to always respect lands enrolled in the Game and Fish Department’s public access program. A Goshen County landowner removed a 1,200-acre parcel of land from the Walk-In Hunting Access program after a gate was left open and his cattle escaped. The property, which was part …

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DC Trip a Productive One for RMEF

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Core to the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is advocating for issues that benefit elk country. With that in mind, a RMEF delegation recently took a productive trip to Washington DC. RMEF President & CEO Kyle Weaver, Board Member Nancy Hadley, Government Affairs Director Mark Lambrecht, Lands Director Jennifer Doherty and Federal Affairs Representative Mike Williams traveled to Washington, D.C. the week of September 9-13, 2019, to visit agency and administration officials, members …

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Gear 101 – Mathews Traverse

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Late last year Mathews unveiled its Vertix bow with a compact 30-inch axle-to-axle length. Now, I’d like to introduce you to its slightly taller sibling, the Traverse. Measuring 33 inches axle-to-axle, the riser creates a stable shooting platform and amazing forgiveness. And it accommodates draw lengths of up to 32 ½ inches. Like the Vertix, the Traverse features 3D Damping Technology, which offers unparalleled noise-reduction and vibration dampening. The design and location of the Enhanced …

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Man Uses Doorbell Cam to Shoo Away Flower-Eating Elk

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What’s the best way to shoo away an unwelcome visitor from your front porch, especially if you’re 40 miles away at work? Try yelling through the speaker of your doorbell camera. That’s exactly what a man from his computer in Denver. According to KCNC-TV, he received a notification from his system’s motion activation system. When he pulled up the doorbell cam, he saw several animals in his yard including a bull elk eating flowers right …

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Heat-Seeking Drone Finds Lost Elk Hunters

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Two elk hunters who got lost in the Boise Foothills of southeast Idaho have modern technology and the local sheriff’s department to thank for their rescue. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office used its brand new thermal detection drone which has the ability to scan the landscape below for heat. In fact, the rescue was the first time the department used the new high tech tool. In addition to seeking heat, the drone also has an …

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Mountain Lions, Wolves Take Toll on Idaho Elk

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A study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management indicates mountain lions kill slightly more elk than wolves. The numbers show wolves were responsible for 32 percent of identified female elk mortalities compared to 35 percent for mountain lion. Regarding elk calf survival, mountain lions accounted for 45 percent of identified deaths compared to 28 percent for wolves. “The one variable that mattered the most for calf survival was how big it was,” Joe Horne, …

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Gear 101 – Eberlestock Weapons Carry

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Eberlestock’s Team Elk pack is a bona fide workhorse. It carries everything from spotting scopes and sleeping bags to boned-out hindquarters. And the best part? It can easily carry your rifle and your bow, which frees up your hands for trekking poles, handlebars—whatever. Attaching your weapon to the Team Elk pack is easy. Here’s how you do it. To carry a bow, find and unzip the front compartment, flipping out the zippered end of the …

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Gear 101 – Eberlestock Bandit Pack

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Chances are, you’re familiar with the Eberlestock Team Elk pack. It’s been a RMEF-licensed pack for 6 years. Now, I’d like to introduce you to a lighter option for a day pack in the elk woods—the Bandit. First, you’ll notice its size. Its low-profile, slim design means it doesn’t get snagged when going through brush, which makes it great for day-hikes, early-season bow hunts, skiing, biking—just about any activity wear you don’t want or need …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the Argument: Hunters cause overpopulation of wildlife

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The anti-hunter claim that hunting causes overpopulation because wildlife populations are managed specifically so there are animals to hunt is simply not true. The North American Wildlife Conservation Model consists of basic principles designed to sustain wildlife populations forever. They include…fish and wildlife belong to all Americans—not just hunters or anglers. And that managing those populations is vital for their overall health, growth and benefit. The populations of elk, deer, turkey, ducks and other wildlife …

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Celebrating Elk Camp & MTN Festival

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The 2019 RMEF Elk Camp & MTN Festival marked a change for RMEF. For 34 years, we’ve gathered in a hotel ballroom or exhibit hall to celebrate our mission and accomplishments. This year was different. We took it outside and made it a fun experience for all. Combining with Total Archery Challenge, we set out to refresh Elk Camp and make the MTN Festival a time for all to remember. RMEF Films are brought to …