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RMEF Access Project a Win for Hunters, Hikers and Wildlife

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) acquired 620 acres of critical public access and prime wildlife habitat, including elk habitat, along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front within the boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF then conveyed the property to the USFS. Not only does the transaction create new public access but it improves access to more than 2,000 acres of adjacent public land. “We appreciate …

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WDFW Director Favors Delisting Wolves

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The Department of Interior recently announced intentions to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species List in the continental United States. Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), agrees with that action. According to the latest WDFW report, there are a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs and 15 successful breeding pairs in Washington which is above objective. “The Department finds the USFWS proposal to remove gray wolves from the …

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Winner, Winner…

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Have you ever won a free New Mexico elk hunt for two people? That’s what happened to a lucky RMEF member when his entry ticket was first out of the hopper in our 2018 Win A Dream Hunt Sweepstakes. As the Grand Prize winner in our random drawing, Michael B. of Colorado had his choice of a British Columbia moose hunt, $10,000.00 cash, or an elk hunt for two at New Mexico’s famed Montosa Ranch. …

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RMEF Celebrates 35 Years of Conservation

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Thirty-five years after its founding on May 14, 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is celebrating decades of conservation success. “Quite simply, the growth and accomplishments of this organization are staggering,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It began with four elk hunters in northwest Montana who struggled as they opened shop in a doublewide trailer, but did so with determination and a vision to ensure the future of elk and elk …

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Leave Newborn Wildlife Alone

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When visiting the great outdoors in the spring and early summer, even if you are only venturing as far as your own backyard, there is something important to keep in mind: when it comes to taking care of wildlife babies, no one does it better than wildlife moms. If you see a baby bird hopping on the ground or a tiny deer fawn curled up in the shade of an aspen, leave it alone. Don’t …

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RMEF Lauds Congressional Reps for Rectifying Google Snafu

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) would like to thank Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) for taking swift action to rectify an issue with Google Ads. “We greatly appreciate the immediate actions of Representative Gianforte and Senator Daines,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “As Montanans and sportsmen, they understand, value and cherish our hunting heritage as well as RMEF’s conservation mission. Without their quick and effective response, our …

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Finding the Right Optic for You

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There are lots of riflescopes available on the marketplace today: Some are built with very specific purposes in mind, others are meant to offer maximum versatility, and others still fall somewhere in between. The scopes offered by Leupold are designed from the ground up to help you get the job done in any hunting situation you could ever find yourself in – from the deer woods of northern Pennsylvania, to the backcountry of the American …

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Choosing the Right Elk Diaphragm Call

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When it comes to selecting the right elk diaphragm calls, the choices can be overwhelming. However, there is a simple process for finding the one that works best for you. In this Episode of the Fire Away Q&A, Corey Jacobsen answers that very question and explains the differences in elk diaphragm calls, as well as how to determine which one is going to work best for you. He also demonstrates different elk calls and shows …

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Research: Hunting Is Conservation, but so is Recreational Shooting

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Thanks to an 11 percent excise tax on guns and ammunition, hunting is a major funding source for conservation. It is a fee hunters pay every time they purchase a box of ammo or a new rifle. That excise tax has generated more than $12 billion dollars for conservation work since the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act went into effect way back in 1937. Not to be overlooked in this conservation equation is the contribution made by …

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Blood-trailing Elk 101

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1) Use a powerful setup, large broadhead, and make a broadside shot 2) Arrow-hit elk often walk or run uphill before they drop 3) Flag the spot where you shot, and then any drops of blood 4) Follow to one side of the blood trail 5) Trail slowly A sharp, well-directed arrow is deadly on elk. But that arrow is worthless if you can’t recover the animal after the hit.  Elk recovery can be as …

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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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Effort Begins to Forcibly Place Wolves into Colorado

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In January of 2017, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation first raised a warning about a “quiet” movement. In 2018, RMEF distributed an open letter to its membership in Colorado and Utah about an effort that was quiet no more. And in April of 2019, RMEF broke the news that many of the same extreme environmental groups that filed lawsuit after lawsuit over a mid-1990s operation that placed wolves in the Northern Rockies are now sponsoring …