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Elk Network: There’s an App for that

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s online digital platform, the Elk Network, is now available as an app. “Approximately 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone and elk hunters certainly rank among them,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We designed the Elk Network to be mobile-first and mobile-friendly. The new Elk Network app is a logical step and easier way for users to keep up to date on all things elk, elk …

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RMEF, Partners Seek to Conserve Key Montana Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is working closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), a landowner and other partners to determine the feasibility of adding to the state’s Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA). If successful, the WMA would expand from 4,712 acres to 10,078 acres. “With a considerable portion of the herd migrating out of the Park during the winter, we need to ensure that they have a place to go in perpetuity,” …

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Elk Habitat Permanently Protected in Colorado

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation partnered with a conservation-minded landowner, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to permanently protect 524 acres of prime wildlife habitat in west-central Colorado. “We appreciate the private landowners for recognizing the important wildlife values of their land and taking action to permanently protect it,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. Located about 35 miles east of Grand Junction, the Bull Creek project provides summer, …

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Volunteers Step Up BIG-TIME in North Dakota

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Working together to help wildlife is contagious! Just ask folks who attended the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s second annual North Dakota Rendezvous. Want two specific examples? RMEF member David Kembel took a flight from Massachusetts to Denver and then made the 10-hour drive to the Badlands of western North Dakota to join the team effort. And then there’s the caterer from Mississippi BBQ out of Williston. Not only did she show up early but she …

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Making History in Missouri

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It was a day many thought they would never see. But witness it they did! Capping Missouri’s first-ever Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Rendezvous, RMEF volunteers saw close to 50 elk on their native Missouri range. “Amazing! Being able to watch the faces of our Missouri volunteers as they got to see some of our Missouri elk was priceless, some for them seeing the elk herd for the very first time,” said Mason Cooper, RMEF regional …

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Raging Wildfire Does Not Stop RMEF Volunteers at Work

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It looked like the largest, active wildfire in the United States may cancel the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2017 Utah Rendezvous and its hand’s-on Jackass Flat guzzler project. After all, it was all U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employees on deck as the 45,000-acre Brian Head wildfire burned out of control less than 70 miles away from the Richfield District of the Fishlake National Forest. Strong winds fueled flames more than 300 feet into the sky …

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RMEF Saddles Up at World’s Largest Rodeo

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Plain and simple, it is a sight to behold—1,900 horses, 1,600 competitors 1,500 campers and thousands of fans. Gillette, Wyoming is the place to be July 16-22 for the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo. And the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is there, too. A supporter of the western lifestyle, RMEF has been a sponsor of the event for the last five years or so. Volunteers and staffers host a membership/raffle booth where they raise …

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Assisting “Other Wildlife” and the Next Generation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is about much more than just elk. It’s about wildlife. It’s about the outdoors. And it’s about working alongside partners to introduce kids of all ages to the beauty of nature and its abounding wildlife. RMEF’s North Alabama Chapter provided funding for such a gathering in the north-central part of the state. (Photos courtesy: The Land Trust of Alabama)

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RMEF Assists Montana Elk Research Project

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More than four dozen volunteers and staffers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) scoured the hills of the Montana’s Bitterroot Valley for 12 days on a treasure hunt of sorts. Their goal was to find 100 newborn elk calves and then fasten VHF ear tag transmitters to them. “We are currently evaluating if the changes in carnivore harvest management in this region 1) reduced carnivore densities as intended, and 2) increased calf survival via …