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Revolutionary Technology Benefits Elk, Habitat, Rangeland

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A new, easy-to-use mapping technology will benefit wildlife, habitat, livestock, land managers and ranchers alike. The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) allows users to instantaneously visualize and estimate the percent vegetation cover of annual grasses and forbs, perennial grasses and forbs, shrubs, trees, and bare ground. Powered by Google Earth Engine, the Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is an interactive web application designed to assist in managing and monitoring America’s valuable rangelands. This free tool allows users …

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The Lowa Tibet GTX – Big Mountains Call for Big Boots

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The Tibet GTX is a cult favorite among hunters and backpackers. Super stable and supportive, yet easy-flexing for comfortable hiking, it’s ideal for big trips with heavy loads. Thoughtfully designed features, premium materials such as full grain nubuck leather and craftsmanship of the highest order – it’s no wonder that the Tibet GTX is one of our top-selling boots for Western hunters. Available for men & women, in extended sizes as well as special widths.

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West Virginia Elk Win Big Thanks to Partnership

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Elk are prospering and elk habitat is both expanding and improving thanks to a collaborative, team approach by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other partners. RMEF provided funding and volunteer manpower to help return elk to their historic West Virginia range in late 2016. DNR worked with the Conservation Fund and other partners to purchase reclaimed mine land now known as the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, where …

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Washington Judge Denies Out-of-State Environmentalists

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A Thurston County Superior Court judge rejected a request for a temporary injunction that would have prohibited the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from lethally removing wolves from a pack in Ferry County. As a result, the department can remove wolves from the Old Profanity Territory pack as authorized Sept. 12 by WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. Information about the authorization appears in a separate update. Two organizations, the Center for Biological Diversity and …

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Investigation Continues into Deadly Wyoming Grizzly Attack

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is working to finalize its investigation into a recent grizzly bear attack that killed a local hunting guide, Mark Uptain, and injured his client. On Sunday (9/16), Game and Fish killed the two grizzly bears believed to be involved in the attack. ​“This is a tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends,” said Brad Hovinga, Jackson regional wildlife supervisor for the Wyoming …

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Attacking Cheatgrass: How #HuntingIsConservation in Wyoming

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Cheatgrass is much more than an annoying plant with discarded seeds that burrow their way into your socks. It’s downright unhealthy for elk and other wildlife. Why? Cheatgrass outcompetes and overpowers native forage for water and nutrients, allowing it to spread across the landscape and replace that native vegetation. That’s why the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently completed a 10-year cheatgrass treatment program in the Devil’s Canyon area of west-central Wyoming. Over that time, RMEF …

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RMEF to Congress: Reauthorize, Fund LWCF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation calls on Congress to renew and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with full, dedicated, annual funding. “For 52 years now, LWCF has provided critical funding for landscapes, wildlife and riparian habitat, wildlife refuges and national parks, and even community recreation facilities and neighborhood parks,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “These LWCF-funded projects provide long-lasting benefits for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and all sorts …

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Important Conservation Bill Moves Forward

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Chalk it up as a good step for conservation, hunting and sportsmen and women. The U.S. House passed a bill that increases flexibility for state wildlife agencies to use a greater percentage of Pittman-Robertson funds for recruiting hunters and recreational shooters. This added flexibility is critical to ensuring the long-term viability of revenue sources that fund state-based fish and wildlife conservation across the country. To date, the Pittman-Robertson Fund generated nearly $11 billion to wildlife …

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LWCF Legislation Moves Forward

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A bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) just took a step forward. Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob Bishop (R-UT) and ranking member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) came to terms on an amendment to H.R. 502.  In essence, the bill would permanently reauthorize LWCF. It would also require that 40 percent of all funds be allocated to federal purposes and 40 percent allocated to state programs. Currently, most …

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Grizzly Bear Sighting Confirmed in Cody

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For the first time on record, the Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF) Department confirmed the sighting of a grizzly bear in the city limits of Cody, Wyoming. Biologists set a trap in hopes of catching it. “We have not made a decision on the disposition of that bear. Every bear we capture, we do on a case by case basis,” Dan Smith, WGF regional supervisor, told KULR-TV. Authorities are also looking for a bear that …

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WDFW Calls for Lethal Action against Wolf Pack

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The director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) authorized staff to lethally remove wolves from a new pack that continues to prey on cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County. WDFW staff confirmed that on six separate occasions since Sept. 4, one or more members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack killed one calf and injured five others on a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) grazing …

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Wisconsin Congressman: Delist Gray Wolves

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A congressman from Wisconsin introduced legislation to return management of the gray wolf to state control. “Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to use science-based wildlife management for our own gray wolf population, because we know what’s better for our state’s ecosystem better than activist judges in Washington,” said Congressman Sean Duffy. Management of gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin was transferred from the state to the federal level following two 2014 U.S. District Court decisions, …

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Pennsylvania Public Events Offer Info on CWD

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To help the public better understand chronic wasting disease and what it means for Pennsylvania’s deer and deer hunting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is hosting several informational events across the three areas of the state where the disease has been detected and special rules are in place. To date, the following events are scheduled: Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Chronic Wasting Disease Open House; Jefferson County, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CWD open houses are designed …

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Swan River National Wildlife Refuge Open to Bowhunters

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Archery hunters have new hunting opportunities in Montana’s Swan Valley. The 1,961-acre Swan River National Wildlife Refuge, located off Montana Highway 83 at the south end of Swan Lake, has a new archery-only weapons restriction area. At the refuge, bowhunters can only harvest deer and elk and must follow the hunting regulations outlined for Hunting District 130. Portions of the refuge remain open to waterfowl hunting. Hunting is prohibited within 100 yards of primary refuge …