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Lewis and Clark County Steps Up Big-Time to Fund RMEF Land Project

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The Lewis and Clark County Commission pledged $1.4 million toward the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Falls Creek land protection/public access project. The 442-acre property is located along the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta, Montana. “In my mind and heart, this is why people voted for this in the first place,” Susan Good Geise, Lewis and Clark County commissioner, told KTVH-TV. “It ticks off every box. It is an absolutely glorious project.” Once completed, not only …

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WSU Breaks Ground on Elk Hoof Disease Research Facility

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Construction is underway on the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s elk hoof disease research facility. Demolition of an existing structure on the Pullman campus will make way for the construction of the facility, estimated to cost $1.2 million when complete and to take up to a year to construct. The state-of-the-art facility will house captive elk needed to study the disease in a secure, controlled environment. The proposed four-acre elk research facility includes …

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Colorado Commission Unanimously Denies Bobcat Hunting/Trapping Petition

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously denied a petition by animal rights groups that would ban the hunting and trapping of bobcats. “It’s well regulated, every single bobcat taken off of the landscape has to be personally inspected and sealed by one of our officers in the field,” Lauren Truitt, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, told KKCO-TV. Wildlife agencies use hunting and trapping as key tools in wildlife management. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation …

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Prescribed Burn Improves Forest Health, Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for a prescribed burn (May 13, 2019) in the Marshall Creek drainage near Missoula, Montana. Objectives for the project include the use of prescribed burning to reduce activity fuel and natural fuels accumulations, facilitate seedling establishment and ensure long-term stand productivity, maintain and improve big game range conditions and distribute beneficial fire effects within the wildland-urban interface. Partnership support for the project also includes the Confederated Salish & …

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Wildlife Overpasses, Underpasses Saving Lives in Colorado

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The structures are now in place so now researchers are determining the effectiveness of wildlife overpasses and underpasses along busy State Highway 9 in northcentral Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other partners provided funding for that research. Crews constructed two overpasses, five underpasses, more than 20 miles of wildlife fencing as well as more than 60 escape ramps in case elk, deer, moose, bears or other wildlife get trapped on the highway. The …

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Wolves Kill Three Dozen Sheep in Wisconsin

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Three years after wolves killed 17 bighorn sheep, the pack returned again to a ranch in northern Wisconsin and killed 36 more sheep—31 lambs and five adult females. It happened about 120 miles northeast of Eau Claire. “Evidently we were sleeping too sound and didn’t hear the dogs,” Paul Canik, landowner, told APG Wisconsin. “They usually bark loud enough to alert us whenever the wolves are around.” Canik keeps his Spanish Mastiff guard dogs penned …

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Ten Reasons to Apply for Idaho’s Controlled Big Game Hunt

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Idaho’s controlled hunt application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall bear hunts runs May 1 to June 5, 2019. For new hunters, or people who recently moved to Idaho, controlled hunts may seem complicated, but there are good reasons to apply for them. While fall hunts may seem far away, the 2019-20 Big Game rules booklets are now available online and in print, and now is a good time to check out what’s available …

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Elk Tags on Sale in Michigan

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Hunters in Michigan have an opportunity to acquire not just one elk tag but two. Previous Pure Michigan Hunt recipient Jerry Peak of Crystal did exactly that! He managed to grab two elk tags that were used to harvest two beautiful, 6-by-6 bull elk. Peak applied for his elk tag as usual, but he also applied for – and was one of the people drawn for – the Pure Michigan Hunt. Michigan’s ultimate hunt, the …

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Wyoming Decides against Grizzly Hunt

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The people of Wyoming are getting frustrated but despite that, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to not ignore federal restrictions and hold a grizzly bear hunt. We would throw our citizens into an untenable situation, which I don’t feel comfortable doing as a commissioner,” Pat Crank, commissioner from Cheyenne, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Wyoming already appealed a decision by a federal judge that vacated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife …

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Restoring Elk Country – Oklahoma Prescribed Burns

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Without fire, forest health suffers because of overly dense limbs and leaves above that block sunshine to the forest floor below, thwarting the growth of nutritional forage needed by elk and other wildlife. Such forests also become vulnerable to large scale insect and disease outbreaks. That’s why, dating back to 2002, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Oklahoma  provided more than $200,000 in grant funding for extensive prescribed burn treatments, as well as other habitat …

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Green Mountain – Public Access Project

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This pass, located along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front east of the Bob Marshall Wilderness is a cross-section of activity both present and past. It is here where Meriweather Lewis crossed the Continental Divide on his return journey home from the West with fellow explorer William Clark. It is also here where you find the modern day Continental Divide National Scenic Trail within the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail corridor, where modern day hikers do …

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Colorado Ramps Up Wildlife Underpass, Overpass Program

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There were more than 4,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2018 in the state of Colorado. And more people are taking notice. “When people hit a deer or an elk, usually they move it off of the side of the road just to the shoulder,” Tammy Johnson of Montrose told Colorado Public Radio. “Typically, before, there would be a deer and then the next day would it would be gone. But now I feel like they’re always …

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Watch: Overpass Protects Wildlife, Drivers Alike

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What does conservation look like? How about this! An overpass built west of Pinedale, Wyoming, in 2012 offers wildlife a way to get across a busy roadway without any danger. This location is known as Trapper’s Point, a bottleneck in the animals’ migration corridor where several thousand pronghorn and mule deer cross Wyoming Highway 191. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the overpass reduced the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions by more than 85 percent. …

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RMEF Conservation Project Receives Grant Funding

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The U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) David Bernhardt recently announced the awarding of $2.1 million in grants to state and local partners in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming for habitat conservation activities in migration corridors and winter range for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. The targeted big game species will benefit from the conservation actions funded by these grants as will a wide array of plant and other wildlife species. One of …

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Key Strengths of Swagger Bipods

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Swagger Bipods offer the most innovative, adaptable,durable and versatile bipods the market has to offer. From their five product Hunter Series to their newest Steelbanger Series, Swagger has a bipod to fit the needs of any shooter.  Swagger Bipods offers their proprietary Flex Ready Technology, effective ranges from four inches to seventy-two inches, and are manufactured using the latest materials and production techniques so that their bipods are bigger on strength and smaller on size. …