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Montana Ranchers, Hunters Seek Common Ground

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Southwest Montana is a popular place for ranchers. It’s also popular for elk and for those seeking to fill their freezers. And sometimes that leads to conflict. A group of ranchers, sportsmen and agency officials recently met near Lima in southwest Montana to try to hash out some of those differences. “The elk have exploded on the landscape,” Martin Balukas, Department of Natural Resources spokesperson, told the Montana Standard. That explosion led to an increase …

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Student Rescued from Wolf Pack

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A research student in north-central Washington says she climbed a tree to escape a pack of wolves and then used a cellphone to call authorities for help. The Okanagan County Sheriff’s Office reports she is safe. According to KHQ-TV, the Washington Department of Natural Resources dispatched a helicopter to the area near the Tiffany Springs Campground, a popular location for recreationists. The helicopter crew reported wolves in the immediate area that scattered as the chopper …

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Wyoming Increases Quota, Expands Wolf Hunt

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission passed regulations that expand the 2018 wolf hunt to include the month of September while also increasing the overall quota by 14 animals for a total of 58. “The rationale is that we have a higher wolf-mortality quota,” Game and Fish wolf biologist Ken Mills said, “and there was a desire to add some time in there to open up flexibility for people to meet that mortality limit,” Ken …

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Wyoming Survey Seeks Info about Hunting Technology

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Wyoming residents receiving an e-mail from the University of Wyoming seeking their opinions about advancements in hunting technology are alerted the survey is legitimate and are encouraged to promptly fill out the survey. The survey is a joint effort between UW and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to better understand Cowboy State citizens’ feelings and perspectives about the advancements in hunting technology. The survey was emailed to a random sample of about 2,000 Wyoming …

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Wyoming a Popular Destination for Hunters

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Wyoming remains one of the most sought-after hunting destinations in the West. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) saw another increase in hunting applications from both residents and non-residents alike for the May 31 limited quota draw. Overall, applications for resident and non-resident deer and antelope and resident elk increased by 6.95% since last year, amounting to an 11.73% increase in the past two years. “The hunting opportunities in Wyoming are sought after because …

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Apply Now to Hunt Wyoming Hunter Management Areas

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If you’re one of the many hunters forming plans to head to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Hunter Management Area (HMA) this fall, it’s time to apply for permission slips. Applications for HMAs open July 9. As many hunters know, a successful hunting season begins long before heading afield. Securing permission for access is one of the most important planning steps. HMAs are typically private ranches where WGFD has agreed to manage hunting …

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Countdown Is On to Utah Elk Archery Hunt

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Preparing now is the key to having a great time in the field during Utah’s archery deer and elk hunts. Both hunts start Aug. 18. That day might sound like it’s a long way off. But if you want to have a fun and successful hunt, you need to start preparing now. All of the permits to hunt during Utah’s archery buck deer hunt have been taken. But archery elk permits, which go on sale …

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Supreme Court to Review Complicated Elk Hunting Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving a member of the Crow Tribe from Montana that shot and killed a bull elk in Wyoming. Clayvin Herrera, a former game warden for the Crow Tribe, received a misdemeanor conviction for shooting the elk in the Bighorn National Forest. He was also ordered to pay more than $8,000 in fines and lost his hunting and fishing privileges for three years. In appealing his conviction, Herrera …

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Why Are Some Elk Blondes & Some Brunettes?

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Elk have adapted to blend into an array of landscapes, from the cold Canadian prairies to the deserts of the American southwest. There can be a broad range of coloration even within a single herd. But according to North American Elk, California’s tule elk—living with the highest average temperatures in sparsely vegetated, sunbaked shrubland—tend to be lightest in color. Meanwhile, the coats of Roosevelt’s elk that skulk the shadowy rainforests of the Pacific Northwest can …

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Searching for Sheds: Antlers and Anomalies

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Shed hunters know that after the winter solstice, when testosterone is at its low ebb in elk and other cervids and days are inching incrementally longer, every member of North America’s deer family is preparing to cast its antlers. This cyclical replacement is unique in the animal kingdom, and the exact timing of antler shedding is, well…complicated. The antler cycle is dependent on endocrine and neural control, as well as the size, age, and health …