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Acting Secretary Bernhardt Signs Order to Ensure Public Access is Considered in Land Transactions

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued a directive to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ensuring public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation is considered for all proposals that would exchange or dispose of public lands. Secretarial Order 3373 requires the BLM to amend its Land Use Planning Handbook and other guidance within 45 days to include public access for outdoor recreation as one of the factors in determining whether a parcel should be …

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Hunters Victorious in Court

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of hunters on a game retrieval program in the Kaibab National Forest of northern Arizona. Environmental groups appealed a previous ruling by the Arizona U.S. District Court, which they also lost. “This is a big win for hunters,” said Kyle Weaver, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation president and CEO. “Hunters play an important role in helping wildlife officials effectively manage the populations of elk and …

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Post Season Reflection

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Now is the best time of year to reflect and prep for next season.  Now that most seasons have wrapped up, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what worked and more importantly, what didn’t.  Remember the old adage, ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’  This is the best time of year to think about your needs and begin to prep. ‘I was cold last season’ is the most common statement we …

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RMEF Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair, Members

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce Fred Lekse has been elected its new chairman of the Board of Directors. A RMEF life member and avid hunter, Lekse is the 19th chairman to lead the organization. “It is an honor and a privilege to assume this new responsibility,” said Lekse. “I am excited to work alongside my fellow board members in providing high level direction to better help accelerate RMEF’s mission of …

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Steel Wire vs Synthetic Winch Rope

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WARN synthetic rope, such as its Spydura line, is made from an ultra-high molecular polyethylene material. It receives a coat of urethane that helps protect the rope from the effects of ultra-violet rays and chemicals, two enemies of synthetic rope. The rope also includes a sliding sleeve to help protect it from wear and abrasion while winching. All WARN truck and SUV winches equipped with synthetic rope should be used with a hawse fairlead.  Synthetic …

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Breaking News: S.47 – Natural Resources Management Act Passes Congress

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation strongly supports congressional action resulting in the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The House voted in favor of the proposal 363-62 just two weeks after the Senate approved the measure 92-8. “We wish to thank Congress for acting in a positive and timely manner in getting this done,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president …

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Interactive National Geographic Elk Migration Exhibit Comes to RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Imagine being able to stand in one spot and yet you can witness the year-round migration of elk across the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Now you can do so thanks to a collaborative effort between the National Geographic Society, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Invisible Boundaries, a highly interactive exhibit created by National Geographic and based on years of scientific data, is now on display at RMEF …

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Leupold to Raise Funds for RMEF Public Access Projects

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Leupold & Stevens, Inc. announced it will partner with MTN OPS to raise funds for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s land-access projects and other conservation efforts at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, held at the Portland Expo Center on Feb. 6-10, 2019. During the show, the Leupold booth will offer guests the chance to “Hang Out for Conservation.” Consumers will have the chance to compete and win prizes in a “hang bar” challenge – assorted …

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Grant Funding Benefits Elk Habitat, Research, Public Access in South Dakota

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided nearly $114,000 in grant funding to improve elk habitat and scientific research in South Dakota as well as a wide range of hunting heritage and other outdoor-related activities. “Water is at a premium across the lower portion of South Dakota. This funding is helping to establish a wide-ranging pipeline project to improve more than 15,400 acres of habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also goes …