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Arizona Elk Habitat Gets $1.3 Million Upgrade

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded $1,329,262 of grant funding to support elk habitat enhancement and hunting heritage projects in Arizona. RMEF directly granted $232,730 and leveraged an additional $1,096,532 in partner funding. “This grant funding will assist in the fight against junipers and other vegetation encroaching on historic grasslands that provide vital forage for elk and other wildlife,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also helps establish …

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RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo Returns to Vegas

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MISSOULA, Mont.— A 10-day celebration highlighting hunting, the outdoors and the Western lifestyle runs December 5-14, 2019,  when the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation hosts its Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo, presented by Cinch. The expo is free to the public and takes place daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, upstairs from Cowboy Christmas. “RMEF has seen incredible growth …

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NEW Mathews VXR HAND ON – GEAR 101

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For the past three years, Mathews archery has been on a roll, and they’re not stopping in 2020. We’d like to introduce you to the new VXR, the most stable and stealthiest bow Mathews has ever built. This particular model features a 31 and a half inch axle-to-axle and Mathews offers a 28-inch version as well. The new V-X-R features the same highly-efficient Crosscentric Cam system found on other Mathews bows, which helps the V-X-R …

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Researchers Seeks Info about Elk in Northern California

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Do you live in northern California or hunt there? Are you familiar with elk activity in the Plumas National Forest? If so, you’re in need. “I’m creating a monitoring plan to identify important elk calving areas and habitat on the Plumas National Forest as part of my graduate work at Oregon State University (OSU). I’m hoping to get photographs and locations of elk collected by members of the public that will help us better understand …

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What Motivates Poachers?

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Poaching is ugly. It is the intentional killing of wildlife by those who disregard rules and regulations. Unfortunately, it also reflects poorly on hunters who purchase mandatory licenses and fees, and care about wildlife and wild landscapes. Those unfamiliar with the practice of regulated hunting may confuse poaching with hunting. A professor in Montana spent years looking into the practice. More specifically, he wanted to know why poachers poach. “As for the poachers themselves, what …

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New Hunters Focus on Acquiring Organic Nutrition

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It was an emotional moment. Novice hunter Chrystal Egli shot her first deer at the age of 35. “I put my hands on her and talked to her,” Egli told Pew Charitable Trusts. “I told her she’s beautiful and she’s going to feed my family, and she was going to be the first meat that my daughter eats.” Egli views hunting as an ideal way to procure grass-fed, organic, protein-filled meat. And she is not …

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Take Precautions of Deer in the Rut

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Below is a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Mule deer are entering their mating season – known as ‘the rut’ – and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone to be careful around deer and especially bucks which can act aggressively at this time of year. Colorado residents are also asked to remove items from their yards in which deer can be entangled. Items include, but not limited to: hammocks, game nets, swings, lawn …

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Get to know Kimber’s Mountain Ascent, now in a new pattern

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A TRUE MOUNTAIN RIFLE must be light and accurate—hard-core hunters understand. Mountain Ascent™ models are among the lightest production big-game rifles ever offered, delivering legendary Kimber accuracy yet still weighing as little as 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Reinforced carbon fiber stocks available in Moss Green, and now two Gore Optifade camo patterns add strength, and stainless steel shrugs the elements. All Kimber Mountain rifles offer a threaded barrel for optional use of muzzle brakes and …

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Gear 101 – Bog DeathGrip Tripod

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Pinpoint accuracy starts with a solid foundation. And with BOG’s new DeathGrip Tripod, you won’t find a more stable shooting rest on the market. Beefy, telescoping carbon-fiber legs ensure durability and their no-slip lever locks provide fast locking and release. A 3-position leg angle lock allows legs to be adjusted to 0-85 degrees. Use it for standing shots up to 59 inches. Kneeling and prone positions all the way down to just 7 inches off …

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Gear 101 – Bog Great Divide Western Tripod

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Whether glassing from the side of a mountain or dialing in a precise cross-canyon shot, you’ll appreciate the many features of BOG’s Great Divide Western Tripod. Engineered to give you a stable, lightweight and adaptable shooting platform, the Great Divide can quickly switch from scouting to shooting thanks to the Switcheroo Shooting 2 system. The fluid head is compatible with all Arca-type accessories, and it can pan and tilt up to 60-degrees and pan a …

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World Elk Calling Championships Presented by Sportsman’s Warehouse

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They traveled hundreds of miles across the U.S. and Canada to compete for more than 43,000 dollars in cash and prizes. The best elk callers on earth gathering at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2019 World Elk Calling Championships, presented by Sportsman’s Warehouse. Corey Jacobsen eeks out a razor-thin decision in the finals to cement his 10th individual world title. Jermaine Hodge busts bracket after bracket to earn the men’s championship. Make it back-to-back titles …

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New Hunters Take to the Field in Wyoming

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Below is a news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. With the help of a local landowner, Wyoming Outdoorsmen, First Hunt Foundation and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 10 first-time hunters recently took to the field in pursuit of white-tailed deer. The September deer hunt was the culminating event for participants of this year’s First Hunt program.  “The First Hunt program provides first-time hunters an opportunity to hunt with an experienced mentor,” …

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Elk Poacher(s) Sought in South Dakota

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Authorities with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are seeking information regarding the poaching of two bull elk on approximately 10/26/2019-10/28/2019. Someone shot the bulls five miles north of Highway 16 on Boles Canyon Road in Custer County in the southeast corner of the state. It appears both elk were shot from the road. If you have any information regarding this incident, call 1-888-0VERBAG or (605) 381-9995. A caller that provides information leading to an …

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Wyoming Commits $2.5 Million to Wildlife Underpasses

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Below is a news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Two state agencies have committed a combined $2.5 million toward installing wildlife underpasses along US 189 in southwest Wyoming to help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve safety. The Wyoming Transportation Commission recently approved a $1.25 million match of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s $1.25 million contribution, which will be used toward the Dry Piney wildlife crossing project north of La Barge. “We …

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Elk Watchers Drawn to West Virginia

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The word is definitely getting out about wild, free-ranging elk being back in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources offered nearly two dozen “elk management tours” from mid-September to mid-October and sold out all of them. “In all, we had 227 people go out with us on 20 tours,” Lauren Cole, Chief Logan State Park naturalist and tour leader, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Most of them were from West Virginia, but we …