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Sharing Caribou with the Bears

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Last August was my first time in Alaska and it was amazing. After spending two days in Anchorage with friends, we flew into our campsite about 100 miles away. We were there for 7 days and I loved all the animals I saw musk ox, grizzly bears and moose. The area we were hunting for caribou was really big in the middle of nowhere. It was super rainy so we stayed in the tents for …

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Utah Receives $219,000 in RMEF Grant Funding to Bolster Wildlife Habitat, Research

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded grants to provide funding for two dozen projects across the state of Utah that enhance more than 51,000 acres of wildlife habitat. “There is an ever-increasing need for biologists and game managers to get a better handle on big game migration and survival rates to ensure the future of elk and other wildlife. This funding will assist five different scientific research projects designed to do that,” said Blake …

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When a bull breaks a tine, does his rack grow back whole next year?

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It depends. If the antler has hardened to bone, the answer is yes. If the injury happens while the antlers are still covered in velvet, that tine will likely grow strangely and may well fork or sprout sticker points every year for the rest of the bull’s life. The annual rut is like UFC for elk, but with way more on the line. The winners of the savage battles procreate and pass on their genes, …

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Be prepared in the backcountry with the Kimber Camp Guard 10

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Designed in collaboration with RMEF for use in the backcountry, at 38 ounces, the Camp Guard 10 is comfortable to carry.  As a 10 mm handgun, it also combines sought-after personal defense features in what is widely considered the best semi-auto bear cartridge.   Made of stainless steel and featuring a rosewood grip with a RMEF logo, the Camp Guard 10 is combines sought-after personal defense features with the stopping power required for the largest of …

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Young Bull Elk Make the Swim to BC Island

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“I’ve been on the island for 40 years and I’ve never seen an elk here,” Jamil Hart-Weller told the Gulf Islands Driftwood. “I just happened to be doing some work inside and looked out the window, and couldn’t believe my eyes,” Derek Melton told the Gulf Islands Driftwood. Such were the reactions of residents who live on Salt Spring Island, a small island about 60 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia, who saw two young …

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Future Wildlife Professions Get the Lowdown on Hunting

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If all goes as hoped and planned, a group of students at the University of Wisconsin will begin careers in natural resources and wildlife management after graduation. But what if they do so without understanding the tie between hunting and conservation? “Along with many other professors and agency managers, I feel it’s imperative our wildlife and natural resource students know something about hunting and the people who hunt,” Dale Craven, UW professor emeritus told the …

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Did You Draw? Results Available in New Mexico, North Dakota

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It’s not quite Christmas but tis the season of rejoicing (and disappointment) for many hunters. Different states already have or soon will reveal results of drawings and lotteries for elk hunting the fall of 2018. New Mexico and North Dakota are two states that already conducted draws. In New Mexico, more than 203,000 applicants tried for about 58,000 elk, deer, antelope, oryx, ibex, Barbary sheep and javelina licenses — an all-time application record and a …

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Lower 48 Caribou ‘Functionally Extinct’

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It’s just a matter of time until there will be no more caribou in the continental United States. And that could be pretty quickly. The latest survey conducted from the sky above the Selkirk Mountains of north Idaho turned up only three caribou—all females. “We are all in mourning,” Bart George, Kalispell Tribe of Idaho biologist, told Outdoor Life. “We are shaking our heads, trying to figure out what to do next. There is a …

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Use New Reporting Tool to Help Elk in California

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Live in California? Have you seen an elk? Then the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) needs your help. CDFW recently unveiled a new online reporting tool so you can share what and where you saw tule, Rocky Mountain or Roosevelt elk. “We have limited resources and our scientists cannot scan the entire landscape,” said Pete Figura, CDFW senior environmental scientist. “This tool provides a way for us to leverage the many sightings of …

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Pricey Elk Tells Important Story

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You know the old saying, right? “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Wildlife officials in Colorado are spreading their own message far and wide with a Twitter photo. The Colorado Wildlife Council, the PR wing of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, posted the photo of a bull elk crafted out of a one dollar bill. It is accompanied by a tiny billboard that states this:  “Fees from hunting and fishing licenses go to conserving Colorado’s …

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Land and Wildlife Management Works

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A recent article in Agweek featured a Q & A session with a woman who advocates in behalf of wolves and opposes predator management. She made this statement that seemed to jump out from all others:  “…mankind has never known how to manage any wild animals or plants … with good success. If you’ve noticed, we have pretty much messed up almost everything.” That is untrue. Land and wildlife management are both effective and necessary. …