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Wildlife Habitat Management Wins in Court

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A U.S. District Court judge ruled a habitat management project in west-central Montana designed to benefit wildlife will go forward as planned. The Johnny Crow Project will utilize prescribed burning and the removal of invasive junipers into grasslands in the Elkhorn Mountains as part of an effort to rejuvenate forage for elk and other wildlife. The judge denied claims by two environmental groups and ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain …

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Vegetarian Reporter Tags Along on Elk Hunt

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A reporter with the New York Times, a vegetarian himself, tagged along on an elk hunt in Oregon. His goal was to report on opposition to the use of lead ammunition. The longer he was with the hunting party, the more he learned about what makes hunters tick, how hunters care for the game they seek and the appreciation and admiration they have for wild animals and wild landscapes. Here is an excerpt from the …

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National Elk Refuge Sets Crosshairs on CWD

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The National Elk Refuge, located in Jackson, Wyoming, is taking a stronger stance against Chronic Wasting Disease. According to an Associated Press report, it now requires hunters to turn over the heads of any elk taken so they may be tested for the disease. Before, the monitoring program was voluntary. CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected …

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Idaho Uses Predator Management to Benefit Elk Populations

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) carries out enhanced predator management practices to benefit elk and other wildlife species. Biologists say there are approximately 107,000 elk in the state which is down from 125,000 in 1997. There are also backcountry areas, such as the Lolo and Selway Zones, where elk numbers are ailing due to poor habitat and predator populations. Hunters took an average of 2,582 bears and 577 mountain lions over the …

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RMEF, Others to Congress: Reauthorize, Fully Fund LWCF Now

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The clock is ticking on reauthorizing and funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress already allowed it to sunset but they can still makes things right for the sake of our wild landscapes.  Below is an opinion piece picked up by many of the major newspapers across Montana. Montana delegation must lead on LWCF reauthorization In Montana, at least, all the ballots have been counted and the 2018 elections resolved. If voter turnout numbers …

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Help Find Montana Elk Poacher

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking information on a recently poached bull elk in east-central Montana.  Sometime during the weekend of November 24, a bull elk was poached south of Hysham off of Sarpy Creek Highway near the Treasure/Big Horn County line. The elk was shot without permission on private land. The head was removed and most of the meat was wasted. It is believed to be a mature bull elk. If you …

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Ask Congress to Pass Sportsmen’s Package

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Senate and House leaders are considering recommending end-of-the-year approval of a “Sportsmen’s Package” bill that includes several provisions RMEF strongly supports. These include modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Act to allow additional funds be used for recreational shooting facilities and hunter recruitment; providing additional hunting opportunities for veterans; implementing an “open until closed” federal lands management policy to prevent public lands from being closed to hunting and fishing; allowing bows to be transported through National Parks; allowing qualified volunteers to help with wildlife management in National Parks; requiring information be published about which groups sue the federal government and collect attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act; establishing a reasonable, cross-boundary, cross-jurisdictional permit for small public lands filming operations; and preventing the Army Corps of Engineers from prohibiting possession of a firearm at certain federal water resource developments.

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A Search for Rebirth – A RMEF Film

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Historic records show elk once inhabited at least 50 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. But due to human settlement and over-hunting combined with declining habitat, the animals vanished in the mid-to-late 1800’s. A reintroduction attempt took place in the mid 1930’s. It failed and more than 75 years would pass until the sound of a bugling bull would be heard in the woods of Wisconsin. 2018 marked the first managed hunt in the state of Wisconsin, …

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Two Elk Poached in Colorado

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Wildlife officials in southwest Colorado need more information to try to find the person(s) responsible for poaching two bull elk in early November in the Uncompahgre National Forest. “Whoever did this shows a total lack of respect for wildlife and ethical hunting,” Mark Caddy, Norwood District Ranger, told The Journal. “Colorado’s hunters are ethical, respect wildlife and follow regulations. This was not done by a hunter. It was done by a criminal.” Authorities offered a $1,250 …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Southern Oregon

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Wildlife officials and the Oregon State Police are searching for the person who poached an elk near Eagle Point in southern Oregon. “Our Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded to that area, where they located a bull elk that was shot and killed and partially harvested, meaning that they tried to harvest the animal but for whatever reason they stopped in the middle of it,” Sergeant Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police, told KTVL-TV. Police …

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Northeast Minnesotans: We Want Elk

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A survey conducted by the University of Minnesota and funded, in part, by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation shows 77 percent of those contacted support restoring wild, free-ranging elk to the forests of northeast Minnesota. On top of that, 79 percent of landowners also support the idea. “We assumed that the issue would be of more interest to landowners than perhaps many in the general public who might be living in towns and cities without …

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Arkansas Hunters Step Up, Assist Fight against CWD

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Want another example how Hunting Is Conservation? In Arkansas, hunters are doing their part to help wildlife managers in the fight against chronic wasting disease. They voluntarily provided more than 5,300 biological samples from harvested deer to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) so far this hunting season, helping AGFC to continue monitoring the distribution of CWD in the state. With almost a month of the firearms deer season and two additional months of …

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Hunters Help Fight CWD in Minnesota

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Hunters can participate in two special deer hunts to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Residents and nonresidents can participate in the hunts from Friday, Dec. 21 to Sunday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 28 to Sunday, Dec. 30 in deer permit areas 603, 347 and 348, and portions of deer permit areas 343 and 345 that are south of Interstate 90. The hunts are one step …