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South Dakota to Host CWD Public Meetings

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will host public open houses to provide information and awareness on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk herds within the state. “The department is developing a draft action plan outlining the state’s approach to slowing the spread of this wildlife disease,” stated Chad Switzer, wildlife program administrator. “Not only do we want hunters to attend these events, we encourage game processors, taxidermists, landowners, captive deer and …

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South Dakota Archery Hunter Scores World Record Bighorn Ram

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A young hunter from South Dakota didn’t go far to harvest what is the largest bighorn ram ever taken. With a final score of 209 1/8″, it measures 10 inches larger than the previous record. “I went into this hunt knowing that there were some spectacular animals in the area, but it was beyond my wildest dream that I would be after the new Pope and Young Club World Record!” said Clayton Miller. “Thank you …

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Interior Department Seeks to Implement Active Forest Management

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In line with a directive to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, the Department of Interior is seeking to implement more active forest management techniques. “Active land management, including strategic timber harvests, prescribed burns, grazing and other measures, help create the early successional forests that provide the diversity of cover and nutrition elk need to thrive,” Mark Lambrecht, director of government affairs for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, told E&E News. According to the directive, …

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Interactive National Geographic Elk Migration Exhibit Comes to RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Imagine being able to stand in one spot and yet you can witness the year-round migration of elk across the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Now you can do so thanks to a collaborative effort between the National Geographic Society, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Invisible Boundaries, a highly interactive exhibit created by National Geographic and based on years of scientific data, is now on display at RMEF …

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Authorities Seek Missouri Elk Poacher

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks information in the case of two adult elk shot Friday, Feb. 8, near the Log Yard area of Shannon County. One of the elk was a 10-year-old bull, brought to Missouri from Kentucky in 2011. The other was an adult cow, born in Missouri. Conservation agents note no parts of either animal were removed. “It appears these poachers simply wanted to shoot elk for fun or out of …

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Wyoming Sets Public Meeting Dates for 2019 Hunting Regulations

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public meetings and opened a comment period to gather input on proposed big game, wild turkey, upland game bird, small game, wild bison, migratory game bird and light goose conservation order hunting seasons and the general hunting regulation. All interested parties are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings to be held across the state discussing the 2019 hunting season proposals. Written comments shall be accepted …

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California Ramps Up Efforts to Recruit Hunters and Anglers

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In an effort to get more Californians involved in fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is partnering with the recreational fishing and hunting communities, state and federal agencies, and others to address barriers and opportunities to hunting and fishing in the state. “Our goal is to support and encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy California’s wild places,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “The fishing and hunting …

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Wyoming Super Tag Provides Big Bucks for Conservation, Game Management

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Wyoming’s Super Tag Raffle raised more than $3.7 million for big game management and wildlife conservation. Since established by the Wyoming Legislature in 2014, it’s been a boost to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department fund that supports wildlife conservation projects. “Maintaining Wyoming’s world-class hunting is not getting any easier or less expensive. Current challenges facing wildlife managers, such as new wildlife diseases, invasive species, migration corridors and others were not major concerns a generation …

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Watch: Deer Jumps into Pool to Avoid Mountain Lion

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What would you do if a mountain lion was chasing you? A deer in suburban Los Angeles sprinted toward a private swimming pool and jumped right in. The lion immediately followed but got out of the water almost immediately and went on its way. The deer paddled around awhile before eventually climbing out. A couple caught the encounter on their security camera. “We all made guesses about what happened at the end,” the homeowner told …

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North Carolina to Host Smoky MTN Elk Fest

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The first-ever Smoky MTN Elk Fest, a family-friendly celebration of elk and conservation is scheduled to take place Sept. 13-15, 2019, in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. “To see my first elk, I drove 2,200 miles,” Joyce Cooper, co-chair of the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, told the Smoky Mountain News. “Now I can drive 5 miles and see an elk. I’ve had elk on my property. They’ve been grazing on …

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Tennessee to Hold Elk Program Workshop

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources invites the public to attend an Elk Program Workshop to gather input regarding the elk program and implementation of the Strategic Elk Management Plan. Information about the elk program will be shared, and attendees will be asked to provide any thoughts and suggestions about important items for the upcoming year. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ball Farm Event Center in …

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Hunters Help with CWD Management in Tennessee

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announced its initial chronic wasting disease (CWD) response efforts were successful. The agency sampled more than 2,700 deer for the disease in the CWD Management Zone with the assistance of hunters. “Thanks to the cooperation of hunters and efforts by agency staff, we exceeded our sampling goals for the CWD Management Zone,” said Chuck Yoest, TWRA CWD coordinator. “The information gathered from these efforts is critical to developing a …

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Game Cameras Help Idaho Manage Wildlife

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Idaho Fish and Game biologists designed unique ways to survey wildlife using remote cameras. An innovative approach using trail cameras to capture wildlife will allow Idaho Fish and Game biologists to estimate deer and elk populations in a safer, less-invasive, and less-expensive way than the traditional method of biologists flying in aircraft and counting them. “It is a big deal,” said Mark Hurley, Fish and Game’s wildlife research manager. “This is quite a breakthrough to …