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Smoky Mountain Elk Fest a Resounding Success

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They came from across the entire Smoky Mountain region and even as far away as Texas. More than 3,000 people attended the first-ever Smoky Mountain Elk Fest at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in North Carolina. Why? They gathered to celebrate a growing elk herd successfully restored to its historic range, with the assistance of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, nearly two decades earlier. “RMEF is immensely proud of this inaugural festival that was 18 …

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Wisconsin Officials: Hunters Reminded to Test Deer for CWD before Consuming

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With deer hunting season upon us, Wisconsin state officials are encouraging hunters who harvest deer in counties affected by chronic wasting disease to have the animal tested for CWD, and only consume venison from deer in which CWD is not detected. Testing options are also available in other areas of the state. “Although this venison consumption advisory has been in place for years, we thought it was important to remind people of it as we …

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Cooperative Effort Seeks to Reduce Elk-Vehicle Collisions in California

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Sometimes, the best way to tackle a pressing issue is to tackle it as a group. That’s exactly what is happening along California’s busy State Route 97. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the University of California-Davis and other partners to try to reduce the number of elk-vehicle collisions on the busy stretch of highway. “Caltrans is dedicated to improving the safety of California drivers, which includes …

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Three Montana Hunters Survive Grizzly Attacks on Same Day

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Three hunters suffered moderate to severe injuries in two separate grizzly bear attacks on the west side of the Gravelly Mountains in southwest Montana. Both attacks involved a single bear, but it is unclear whether the same bear was involved. Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks asked hunters to leave the area while the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest closed Cottonwood Road. The first attack happened at about 7:30 a.m. (on 9/17/2019) when a bear charged …

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Careless Behavior Leads to Closure of Wyoming Walk-In Hunting Area

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Here is an important reminder from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The loss of approximately 1,200 acres of private land for hunting access is a good reminder for sportsmen to always respect lands enrolled in the Game and Fish Department’s public access program. A Goshen County landowner removed a 1,200-acre parcel of land from the Walk-In Hunting Access program after a gate was left open and his cattle escaped. The property, which was part …

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DC Trip a Productive One for RMEF

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Core to the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is advocating for issues that benefit elk country. With that in mind, a RMEF delegation recently took a productive trip to Washington DC. RMEF President & CEO Kyle Weaver, Board Member Nancy Hadley, Government Affairs Director Mark Lambrecht, Lands Director Jennifer Doherty and Federal Affairs Representative Mike Williams traveled to Washington, D.C. the week of September 9-13, 2019, to visit agency and administration officials, members …

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Gear 101 – Mathews Traverse

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Late last year Mathews unveiled its Vertix bow with a compact 30-inch axle-to-axle length. Now, I’d like to introduce you to its slightly taller sibling, the Traverse. Measuring 33 inches axle-to-axle, the riser creates a stable shooting platform and amazing forgiveness. And it accommodates draw lengths of up to 32 ½ inches. Like the Vertix, the Traverse features 3D Damping Technology, which offers unparalleled noise-reduction and vibration dampening. The design and location of the Enhanced …

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Gear 101 – Eberlestock Weapons Carry

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Eberlestock’s Team Elk pack is a bona fide workhorse. It carries everything from spotting scopes and sleeping bags to boned-out hindquarters. And the best part? It can easily carry your rifle and your bow, which frees up your hands for trekking poles, handlebars—whatever. Attaching your weapon to the Team Elk pack is easy. Here’s how you do it. To carry a bow, find and unzip the front compartment, flipping out the zippered end of the …

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Gear 101 – Eberlestock Bandit Pack

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Chances are, you’re familiar with the Eberlestock Team Elk pack. It’s been a RMEF-licensed pack for 6 years. Now, I’d like to introduce you to a lighter option for a day pack in the elk woods—the Bandit. First, you’ll notice its size. Its low-profile, slim design means it doesn’t get snagged when going through brush, which makes it great for day-hikes, early-season bow hunts, skiing, biking—just about any activity wear you don’t want or need …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Countering the Argument: Hunters cause overpopulation of wildlife

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The anti-hunter claim that hunting causes overpopulation because wildlife populations are managed specifically so there are animals to hunt is simply not true. The North American Wildlife Conservation Model consists of basic principles designed to sustain wildlife populations forever. They include…fish and wildlife belong to all Americans—not just hunters or anglers. And that managing those populations is vital for their overall health, growth and benefit. The populations of elk, deer, turkey, ducks and other wildlife …

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Grizzly Euthanized after Raiding Backcountry Camps

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Game wardens put down a male grizzly bear after it raided a number of camps along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. “The bear was raiding human occupied camps along the South Fork of the Sun River near Pretty Prairie in the Bob Marshall Wilderness,” Dave Holland, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden captain, told KPAX-TV. “It had been involved in five incidents over seven days. It had been hazed by pepper spray, chased by dogs …

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Eighty Percent of Americans Approve of Hunting

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A new survey indicates eight of 10 Americans approve of hunting. That marks the highest approval rating since the first study in 1975. Responsive Management, a research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues that previously worked with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other organizations, conducted the survey. It obtained more than 3,000 completed interviews. The study used the term legal hunting in case a respondent interpreted the single term “hunting” as …

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Idaho Seeks to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit about Black Bear Baiting

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission asked a federal court to let it join a federal lawsuit regarding black bear baiting on national forest lands in Idaho and Wyoming to defend its authority to regulate hunting activities without additional federal regulations. Filings were submitted in the United States District Court in Idaho. The environmental group WildEarth Guardians brought the lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act and asked the Court to …

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Mountain Lion Attacks Increasing in Colorado

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So far in 2019, there have been three mountain lion attacks in Colorado. “Mountain lion attacks are rare. We’ve had 22 since 1990,” Jason Clay, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, told KUSA-TV. “I think it’s a misconception that mountain lions do not use urban areas. They do. All along the Front Range is good mountain lion habitat.” An eight-year-old boy recently suffered injuries after a mountain lion mauled him as he played in his yard. …

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Listen for Bugling Elk at Wind Cave National Park

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The folks at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota have a message for you: “Come listen to bugling elk with us!” “We encourage people to visit the park in the fall and listen for elk,” said Park Superintendent Vidal Dávila. “It’s a real sound of the season and something fun to listen for each year. Evening or early morning hours are best, and pullouts along Highway 87 usually have less traffic noise than those …