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Wildlife Officials Break Massive Northwest Poaching Ring

In General by RMEFLeave a Comment

The list of illegal activity by poachers is as long as it is disgusting: unlawful taking or possession of wildlife, waste of wildlife, hunting with an artificial light, illegal use of dogs, criminal conspiracy, illegal use of bait, aiding or sharing in a wildlife violation, and changing or borrowing a hunting permit. At least 17 people are implicated in Washington and Oregon. So far, they face 190 wildlife violations including 33 felonies. And more charges …

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Montana Prescribed Burns Aid Elk, Other Wildlife

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Spring is often an ideal time for prescribed burning projects designed to enhance wildlife habitat. That is what’s going on in Montana. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for the habitat stewardship projects—one near Missoula in the western part of the state and the other near Bozeman in the southwest part of the state. “Our goal is to reintroduce fire around aspen stands where we have already removed encroaching conifers,” Corey Lewellen, Bozeman District …

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Mushroom Hunter Finds Rare Conjoined Twin Deer Fawns

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A two-headed stillborn whitetail deer fawn? Yes, it’s true. A Minnesota mushroom hunter stumbled across the discovery in the southeast corner of the state. “It’s amazing and extremely rare,” said Gino D’Angelo, D’Angelo, assistant professor of deer ecology and management at University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. “We can’t even estimate the rarity of this. Of the tens of millions of fawns born annually in the U.S., there are probably abnormalities …

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RMEF, Department of Interior Talk Conservation in DC

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Chief Conservation Officer Blake Henning, Government Affairs Director Mark Lambrecht and Board Member Mark Baker participated in a conservation round table discussion with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt and more than 30 other conservation/sportsmen organizations at Interior headquarters in Washington D.C. on May 16. Secretary Zinke discussed the department’s focus on domestic energy development in 2017 and its plans to address departmental reorganization, infrastructure issues in national parks …

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Wild Horses Die of Thirst, Overpopulation a Growing Concern

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One hundred and ninety-one wild horses died in a dried-up pond in north-central Arizona. Many of them were buried in hardened mud, apparently too weak to get out. According to the Washington Post report, Navajo officials say the deaths are an annual issue. The Bureau of Land Management currently oversees more than 45,000 un-adopted wild horses and burros in holding facilities, costing taxpayers more than $50 million annually. Additionally, an April 2018 report estimates 83,000 …

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Montana Volunteers Give Back to RMEF

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Volunteer [vol-uh n-teer] noun Volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation certainly embody the most worthy title of “volunteer.” Here are two such examples. The picture you see above is of Joe Cohenour (maroon shirt in center), chair of the Elkhorn Chapter in Helena, Montana, receiving a check from two people who work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana (BCBS-MT).  Don Cox is on Cohenour’s left and Jes Eriksen is on his right. Both …

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Alabama Archery Receive RMEF Grant

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The Munford High School archery team in Munford, Alabama, got a boost after receiving a $2,721 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Members of the Cold Water Mountain Chapter presented the check to the squad. The grant funding comes from RMEF’s Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE). Since its establishment five years ago, the TFE provided more than $7.7 million across 37 states and one Canadian province. The TFE was established in honor of the late …

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Mending Fences – Wildlife Friendly Fencing

In Bugle by Christine PaigeLeave a Comment

The herd spooked. Bulls, cows and yearlings ran full tilt across the field toward a range fence—one built for cattle and strung with five strands of barbed wire. The bulls poured across it like show horses over jumps, and most of the big cows, too, cleared the wires and kept running. But in the rush, elk began to bunch up against the barrier. Some hesitated before leaping, some balked and turned, looking for an easier …

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The Bull In Your Mailbox

In Bugle by Steve Wagner, Membership DirectorLeave a Comment

If you’re a member, you’ve probably noticed that Bugle isn’t the only mail you receive from RMEF. Over the course of a year, you could also see renewal notices, event invitations, fundraisers, sweepstakes, surveys and more. Some may call it “junk mail.” Gasp! We call it fun mail. And, the truth is, RMEF’s mail campaigns have also become vital for elk country. In fact, at this very moment, your next trophy may be growing high, …

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Why did early explorers find large mounds of elk antlers?

In Elk Facts by Trevor Reid, Bugle InternLeave a Comment

As explorers began traversing the northern Great Plains in the mid-19th century, they noted odd sightings on their journeys west ─ enormous mounds of elk antlers stacked along rivers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. In his journal, Prince Maximilian zu Wied described one such pyramid druing his expedition’s through the American West l in the 1830s. Dubbed the Elkhorn Steeple, the mound stood roughly 18 feet high and 15 feet in diameter …

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Caul Fat laced Elk Loins, freckled with Roasted Garlic and Garden Herbs

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The concept of wrapping meat with a barrier of fat to lock in flavor and add moisture is a simple and ancient one. The use of caul fat, also called “veil fat” is one way to lock in that moisture. Caul fat is the outer membrane that holds the intestines of all animals. It looks much like a spider web with veins of fat running through a very thin, transparent membrane. Commercially, it’s available from …

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Access Your Elk Country

In The Hunt by Randy NewbergLeave a Comment

As hunting pressure ratchets up on readily accessible public land, it pays to think outside the topo map. Get creative, do your homework and you can have great elk hunting for nothing more than time, sweat and boot leather. Here’s how. Sometimes public land is not easily accessible. There may only be a long walk on a thin strip of public land leading through  miles of private property. In other cases, the public land may …