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Idaho Can Keep Data from Illegally Tracked Animals, For Now

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A federal judge ruled that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) does not have to immediately destroy information gathered from collars placed on elk and wolves by a crew that illegally landed in a wilderness area. He made that ruling to allow IDFG to appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but he also rejected IDFG’s request to lift a ban on using any of the data. “We’re proceeding with the appeal …

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National Elk Refuge May Drop Elk Feeding Program This Year

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Wyoming is seeing a mild winter like it’s not seen in years. And because of that, officials at the National Elk Refuge may not implement its annual elk feeding program for the first time in almost four decades. “This is a very unusual winter, and outside the realm of my experience in 20 years here,” Eric Cole, National Elk Refuge biologist, told the Jackson Hole News and Guide. “We have zero snow at any of …

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Private Leases on Public Land: Delaware Hunters Ticked Off

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Hunters in Delaware are upset about a proposal to lease public land in the Redden State Forest in the southern part of the state. “Our tax money buys this land,” Guy Pusey, a hunter from Greenwood, told the News Journal. “Our tax money pays the people that work there. It’s the principle of it here. It’s just wrong.” The Delaware Forest Service posted about the development on its Facebook page in late January:  “The main …

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Fencing with Wildlife in Mind

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Below is an article published by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Chances are if you own property anywhere in Wyoming, you have a big game species on or near your land. You may also have fences that those wildlife damage or maybe even get damaged by. There are a lot of options available to help reduce fencing issues – for you and for wildlife. Following are some questions and resources to help identify solutions: …

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Utah DNR Strikes Back at Environmentalist Claims

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Seeking to dispel half-truths promoted by an environmentalist group, the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a video that shines a more complete light on a habitat treatment called chaining. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance initiated a smear campaign focused on the chaining process itself and not the positive effects that come from its use.  Those positive outcomes and subsequent follow-up treatments include reseeding, the growth of drought-resistant native plants, improved water flow of …

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When Golfing and Elk Research Collide

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Elk sightings are a common occurrence in Loveland, Colorado. In fact, many of them roam in and out of the city limits all year long. A popular place to find them is on the golf course where forage and space are plentiful. According to the Reporter-Herald, that’s where researchers conducting a multi-year study on Chronic Wasting Disease recently found themselves. They wanted to remove a collar used to track animal movements between Loveland and Estes …

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Teenager’s Elk Photo Goes Viral

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Zach Rockvam sure liked a photo he took of two dueling bull elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, but what he didn’t know is how much other people would like it too. After he recently posted it to his Instagram page, and Rocky Mountain National Park picked it up, it went viral. “It’s been really cool to see all these people giving me so much awesome feedback and everyone is super happy for me,” Rockvam …

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Paper Tuning

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Fine-tuningLet’s say you have the numbers and found a great deal on some of last year’s arrows. It’s time to paper tune, which is literally shooting your arrow through a large piece of paper. The resulting tears will tell you how much your arrow wobbles during flight. Smear your arrowhead with a bit of lipstick, chalk or dry marker to clearly see where the arrowhead enters the paper and to keep it separate from the …

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Choosing The Right Arrow

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Today’s high-tech, high-speed bows can be a fickle lot when it comes to the arrows they like best. You wouldn’t jack a .270 shell into a .22, so why do that with your bow? Choose the wrong arrow, and the best-case scenario is it won’t hit where you aim. Worst case? A carbon arrow could shatter as it leaves the rest. We’ll give you the most basic knowledge to get you started making a match, …