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Beaver Creek Public Access Project

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What does it take to create the largest hunter access tract in the entire state of North Dakota? First and foremost, it takes willing landowners who allow access to their land and its wildlife values. In this case, it also takes cooperation from conservation groups and a state agency to make it happen. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with Byron and Kathy Richard, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and other partners to …

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NEW PUBLIC ACCESS IN MONTANA – EDITH PEAK, MT

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 1,120 acres of prime elk habitat in western Montana that are now both permanently protected and open to public access. The parcels, previously private inholdings, were conveyed to and now managed by the Lolo National Forest (LNF). “We are grateful that Stimson Lumber Company recognized the wildlife values of this land and reached out to us to help conserve it,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “ …

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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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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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Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry Gets Boost from RMEF

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a $1,500 in grant to assist in providing more meals for those in need. Hunters or farmers donate livestock or wild game to the non-profit organization that forwards it to an inspected butcher. The meat is placed into family-size packages and distributed to food banks across Indiana. “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program and pleased that this Foundation is continually making …

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RMEF Honored for Public Access and Habitat Stewardship

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received the Public Lands Foundation’s (PLF) 2018 Landscape Stewardship Award at a ceremony here Tuesday for its leadership in conserving wildlife habitat and improving access on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).     “The RMEF has been a long-time leader in working with the BLM, state and federal agencies, private landowners and other partners to conserve wildlife and enhance access to public lands for hunters, anglers …

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Volunteers Clean Up Kansas Elk Country

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Kansas is known for many different things ranging from prairies of waving wheat to the legendary movie The Wizard of Oz. What is not well-known about Kansas is it is also home to a wild, free-ranging elk herd. And a group of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers gathered near Milford Lake in the northeast part of the state to make things better for elk.  They rolled up their sleeves and worked together to remove about …

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Teaters Road Oregon Public Access Project

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Imagine growing up in central Oregon and hunting elk on 43,000 acres of public land. But then getting access to that land just disappeared. That almost happened south of Prineville in the scenic Crooked River drainage. At issue was what was thought to be a public road through private land that led to the Ochoco (OH’-chu-koh) National Forest. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided title work and research that showed continuous public use of the …

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RMEF Helps Conserve Two Chunks of Colorado Elk Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with two conservation-minded families to permanently protect more than 2,300 acres of prime elk habitat in central Colorado. “We appreciate the Mancuso and Ross families for recognizing the important conservation values of their land and reaching out to us to help permanently protect them,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. The 579-acre Burris Mountain and 1,765-acre Antelope Valley properties are located southwest of Colorado Springs between Canon …

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South Carolina Girl Travels 2,600 Miles for Elk Hunt

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For 14-year-old Grace Claytor, it was a trip and an elk hunting adventure she will never forget. Claytor and her father made a 2,600-mile cross country trip from Chapin, South Carolina, to Oregon’s elk country thanks to the Outdoor Dream Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Stimson Lumber Company and other partners. It was the 12th year in a row for such a hunt to take place. Doctors diagnosed Grace with brittle bone disease and papillary …

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Volunteers Improve Nevada Elk Country

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In April of 2017, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a private landowner and other partners to permanently protect 4,500 acres of wildlife habitat in northeast Nevada. The Wildhorse project also improved access to almost 19,000 acres of adjacent public land. Below is a Facebook post highlighting how RMEF volunteers returned to the site to roll up their sleeves and work alongside family members to improve the landscape. In late August, the Sugarloaf Fire …

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RMEF Adopts Wisconsin State Wildlife Area

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You’ve probably seen the adopt-a-highway signs where you live. Individuals, families or organizations commit to adopt stretches of highway to remove litter and improve their overall appearance and effectiveness. Wisconsin has a similar program that allows favorite fish and wildlife areas to be adopted for the sake of better management and improvement. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation stepped up to answer the call. RMEF provided funding in the form of a state grant to adopt …

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Volunteer Project Benefits Charred Nevada Landscape

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Public lands charred north of Elko in northeast Nevada by the South Sugarloaf Fire are again opened for hunters to access. The flames also burned across the Wildhorse Ranch landscape, Nevada’s newest conservation easement carried out by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. RMEF also hosted a volunteer project to replace approximately 20 miles of fencing destroyed in the fire. “Our project (was) centered on pulling as much wire as we can off the dead posts …

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West Virginia Elk Win Big Thanks to Partnership

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Elk are prospering and elk habitat is both expanding and improving thanks to a collaborative, team approach by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other partners. RMEF provided funding and volunteer manpower to help return elk to their historic West Virginia range in late 2016. DNR worked with the Conservation Fund and other partners to purchase reclaimed mine land now known as the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, where …