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Road to Remain Open for Montana Hunters, Others to Access

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Sometimes, just paying attention can go a long, long way. Several years ago, a staffer with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation noticed a popular road in southwest Montana was closed. He raised the issue, another RMEF staffer sat in on public discussions and took part in a stakeholder’s tour, and all involved worked out what was a somewhat issue. Today, the road is open for hunters, hikers and others to access public land. Below is …

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North Dakota Big Game Applications Now Available

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Applications to hunt elk and other big game in North Dakota are now available. A total of 478 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 70 from last year and the most since 2011. Elk, moose and bighorn sheep lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters who have received a license through the lottery in the past are not eligible to apply for that species again. Find …

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Pursue The Wild – Kansas Elk Numbers Rise

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Kansas is well-known as home to a thriving population of whitetail deer but is also home to a small population of free-ranging Rocky Mountain Elk. In this episode of Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus shares how elk populations have been restored to the Kansas Flint Hills. And the efforts that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has done in the area to benefit all wildlife, including the growing elk population. PRESENTED BY: Ruger: http://ruger.com/ RMEF: http://www.rmef.org/ Dead …

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LWCF Finally Permanently Authorized

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A key conservation program is now permanently authorized after President Trump signed S.47 into law. The Land and Water Conservation Program protected millions of acres of habitat since it was first created in 1964. It directs lawmakers to appropriate up to $900 million annually from federal offshore drilling fees for the protection of important land, water and recreational areas for all Americans to enjoy. For the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation alone, LWCF so far provided …

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DOI Partners with Private Land Owners to Fund Conservation Initiatives

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Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that through continued implementation of Secretarial Order 3362, “Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors,” $1.5 million in private land habitat projects were approved. The funding and technical support is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. “The important role that private lands play in conservation cannot be overstated,” said Acting Secretary Bernhardt. “Of course, our …

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Oklahoma Man Claims New Nontypical Elk Record

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Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time. That’s exactly what happened to Tyson Heibert. And because of that and a keen eye with his bow, he now holds  the new state record for a nontypical elk. “Somehow, luckily, he ran right in front of me,” Heibert told The Oklahoman. “I just drew my bow and let her fly… I had no idea what I had when I shot him.” …

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Poacher Sought in Olympic National Park

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A visitor to Olympic National Park in Washington reported a dead cow elk on Upper Hoh Road on February 15, 2019. Investigators determined the poachers made no effort to remove the meat. Olympic National Park maintains it protects the largest population of Roosevelt elk in its natural environment in the world. Call 1-888-653-0009 if you have information about this incident. (Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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RMEF Staffer Recognized for Contributions to Conservation

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recognized Leah Burgess, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation land program manager for Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, as its Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust 2018 Partner of the Year. The honor is part of a wider month-long celebration of women and the impact they have in conserving America’s wildlife. Below is text taken from the award announcement. Leah finds great satisfaction in the work of permanently protecting Wyoming’s …

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Wyoming Program Improves Public Access for Hunting, Fishing

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There’s more access for hunting and fishing in Wyoming thanks to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department program that uses public donations to open private land. In 2018, the Access Yes program provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access as well as 4,006 lake acres and 86 stream miles for fishing on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands through partnerships with private landowners. “Each year we partner with landowners to increase …

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Pursue The Wild – Hunters, Whitetails & Conservation

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In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Hunters, Whitetails & Conservation, Kristy Titus ventures to Kansas in pursuit of whitetail deer. During the episode, she takes a look back to the early 1900’s, where whitetail deer populations were rapidly declining. Today, thanks to the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation, spearheaded by hunters and the support of organizations like The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, whitetail deer numbers exceed 32 million nationwide. This is a …

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Hunting, Fishing Boost North Dakota’s Economy

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Hunting and fishing in North Dakota contributed an estimated $2.1 billion in annual input to the state’s economy, according to a recent report by the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. The report, commissioned by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, tracked hunter and angler expenditures for the 2017-18 hunting and fishing seasons. Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand said the last time the agency commissioned an economic …

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Idaho Unveils 2019-2020 Big Game Season Proposals

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s final proposals for the 2019-20 big game seasons are now available to the public online. Fish and Game modified certain big game hunting season proposals that were publicized and discussed online and during about 30 public meetings across the state in February. In total, nearly 1,300 people attended those meetings, and the proposals received about 3,350 comments. “There were some pretty significant changes, and it was in response …

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Minnesota Offers Grants to Get More People Hunting and Fishing

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Groups that help people become hunters or anglers – or keep on hunting or fishing – can apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Minnesota’s hunting and fishing tradition is still strong but we’re seeking to address a steady decline in the percentage of people who hunt or fish,” said Jeff Ledermann, DNR education and skills supervisor. Priority in awarding grants will go to programs for new and diverse audiences and …

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RMEF Donation Benefits Oregon College, Conservation

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The Snake River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $500 to benefit the Natural Resources Department at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. The funding will go toward an endowed scholarship at the school. Students assist the local chapter in its efforts of raising funds for RMEF’s mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. “With the help of Marcus (Nichols, Natural Resources instructor) and …