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Do Elk Ever Kill People?

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Over three days in June 2018, cow elk badly pummeled two people after they got too close to their calves in separate incidents in Yellowstone National Park. Both assaults resulted in extensive, traumatic injuries. The world’s first National Park, Yellowstone is 146 years old and saw over 4 million visitors in 2017. Increasingly, those visitors are getting too close to wildlife, geysers, waterfalls and other potentially fatal attractions. As with bison, far too many people …

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The LOWA Hunter GTX Evo Extreme

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The Snow’s Already Flying In The High Country The Hunter GTX Evo Extreme is designed for hunters who are chasing big game in the snow or in rugged high mountain terrain. With an extra-high shaft for superb ankle support, and a high wall rubber rand for protection against abrasion, the Hunter GTX Evo Extreme  provides outstanding performance, warmth and comfort in tough fall & winter conditions. Featuring waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX lining and insulated with PrimaLoft® 200 …

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Disabled Hunters Shine in North Carolina

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Joining forces for a good cause is always a wonderful thing. For example, Hands of a Sportsman recently partnered with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers in North Carolina to host a disabled hunt in Taylorville. Property owners and hunters in the northwest part of the state opened their property to 32 disabled hunters. Not only that, but participants received both permission and the opportunity to hunt with a gun during the first day of archery …

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Game Wardens Pull All-Nighter, Save Bull Elk

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There is working hard at your job and then there’s the type of dedication shown by two game wardens in the Pacific Northwest. Because of the passion for their work and the wildlife they seek to protect, a mature bull elk is alive and back in the woods of central Washington. According to a report in the Northwest Sportsmen, Officer Blake Tucker and Officer Will Smith removed fencing at about 9 p.m. from the antlers …

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More Evidence that Hunting (and Fishing) Is Conservation

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Paying for the conservation of land and wildlife has landed on the shoulders of hunters and anglers for decades. It is sportsmen and women who supply the lion’s share of funding for state fish and game agencies through the payment of licenses and fees plus excise taxes on guns, ammunition and archery and fishing equipment. Without that funding, those agencies that are tasked with managing fish and wildlife populations would be unable to carry out …

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Don’t Just Hunt, Enjoy the Hunt

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Those who hunt already get it, maybe. Those who don’t really have no idea. An animal that is down does not define what makes a hunt successful. The hunt is an experience so much grander than that. Below are a few comments made by Tom Toman, Director of Private Lands Stewardship for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, in a recent article published by the Casper Star Tribune. “Nothing as fine as elk hunting, chasing a …

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Hunting, Outdoor Activities Generate Big Bucks for Economy

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A new report indicates hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing activities across the 246 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the West generated $3 billion dollars for the U.S. economy. Those activities also supported 26,500 jobs. Titled “Quantifying the Economic Contributions of Wildlife-Related Recreation on BLM Lands,” data from the report shows Americans made an estimated 3.1 million trips for hunting, 2.8 million trips for fishing and 2.2 million trips for wildlife-viewing …

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RMEF Members Track Down Elk in West Virginia

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On September 21st, 2018 the Southern WV Chapter of the RMEF attended one of the first ever elk viewing tours in Logan County. West Virginia.  Lead by West Virginia State Park Naturalist Lauren Cole, the four-hour tour consisted of an introductory seminar on elk, elk habitat and the re-establishment of a wild elk herd in West Virginia.  The group then headed up to the new 25,000-acre Tomblin Wildlife Management Area where we heard many bugles …

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Hunters are First Line of Defense in Stopping Poaching

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In addition to being observant, what’s the best thing you can do to fight poaching? Get a license plate number for the vehicle the suspect is driving, says Trevor Doman, a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer. “That’s the critical thing we need,” Doman says. “Having a license plate number will lead us to the individual so we can interview the person and start investigating.”Please keep your eyes and ears open, and report suspicious …

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Be Safe as You Hunt

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Safety is always paramount when handling firearms. And hunting season is always a great time for a few reminders. These suggestions are courtesy of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. (Photo source: Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

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Search Continues for Wyoming Elk Poacher

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Someone illegally killed a bull elk in the Bighorn Mountains and wildlife officials are seeking tips to help find the perpetrator and make an arrest. It happened in northern Wyoming. According to the Associated Press report, a hunter came across a headless carcass and notified the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish. Officials determined it probably happened between September 22 and September 24. If you have any information, call 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847).

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Mentor Program Allows Glimpse into Hunting

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What can you do if you’re interested in hunting but have never done so? One possibility is to see if your state wildlife agency offers a mentoring program that allows the opportunity to experience hunting under the tutelage of an experienced mentor. “Fall is a busy time for hunter education courses and seats fill quickly before the majority of big game seasons open. The best time to take a hunter education class is in the …