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Mending Fences – Wildlife Friendly Fencing

In Bugle by Christine PaigeLeave a Comment

The herd spooked. Bulls, cows and yearlings ran full tilt across the field toward a range fence—one built for cattle and strung with five strands of barbed wire. The bulls poured across it like show horses over jumps, and most of the big cows, too, cleared the wires and kept running. But in the rush, elk began to bunch up against the barrier. Some hesitated before leaping, some balked and turned, looking for an easier …

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The Bull In Your Mailbox

In Bugle by Steve Wagner, Membership DirectorLeave a Comment

If you’re a member, you’ve probably noticed that Bugle isn’t the only mail you receive from RMEF. Over the course of a year, you could also see renewal notices, event invitations, fundraisers, sweepstakes, surveys and more. Some may call it “junk mail.” Gasp! We call it fun mail. And, the truth is, RMEF’s mail campaigns have also become vital for elk country. In fact, at this very moment, your next trophy may be growing high, …

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Paper Tuning

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelHommeLeave a Comment

Fine-tuningLet’s say you have the numbers and found a great deal on some of last year’s arrows. It’s time to paper tune, which is literally shooting your arrow through a large piece of paper. The resulting tears will tell you how much your arrow wobbles during flight. Smear your arrowhead with a bit of lipstick, chalk or dry marker to clearly see where the arrowhead enters the paper and to keep it separate from the …

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Choosing The Right Arrow

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelHommeLeave a Comment

Today’s high-tech, high-speed bows can be a fickle lot when it comes to the arrows they like best. You wouldn’t jack a .270 shell into a .22, so why do that with your bow? Choose the wrong arrow, and the best-case scenario is it won’t hit where you aim. Worst case? A carbon arrow could shatter as it leaves the rest. We’ll give you the most basic knowledge to get you started making a match, …

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Long Term Safety at the Range

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelhommeLeave a Comment

Let’s say you’re already well-versed in shooting range safety: always assume your weapon is loaded, safety on at all times, etc. But how about protecting your eyes and ears? Going deaf won’t kill you, but it will get annoying as you age. Get a blast of dirt, powder or a spent cartridge in your eye, and you’ll wish you had worn safety glasses. In this article we’ll take you through the basics of staying safe …

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Bone Out A Hindquarter

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF6 Comments

Those massive hindquarters look more daunting than they are, but you need a good starting point. There is more than one way to cut up a hind-quarter, but I like to start by finding the ball joint on the inside of the leg. Use your knife like a sewing machine and trace the femur from the ball down to the knee. With the initial incision, work your knife around the femur, cutting as close to …

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Off-season? What off-season?

In Bugle, The Hunt by Chuck Adams1 Comment

Reddish brown hair flickered between two trees, and I slowly drew my arrow. A split-instant later, the critter stepped into view 25 yards away. I aimed, dumped the bowstring and heard the broadhead strike like a fist against a melon—a perfect, quick-killing hit! Similar scenarios occur hundreds of times each fall as bowhunters across the country call in elk. But the month of the hunt just described was February, and the animal was a big, …

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Boutique Ammo – Ordinary softpoints once killed elk. Why change?

In Bugle, Gear 101 by Wayne van Zwoll20 Comments

Once upon a time, talk in white wall tents—after tales of extraordinary shots and antlers the size of truck axles—drifted to custom rifles with fine walnut. These days, you’ll as likely hear chatter about bullets and ballistic coefficients and ammunition companies fresh as the latest Trump tweet. Physiologically, the elk haven’t changed. I may have started perusing Gun Digest and Shooter’s Bible as early as age five, though neither was on introductory reading lists in …

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Range Time

In Bugle, Gear 101 by PJ DelHomme18 Comments

Understandably, elk hunters want a bullet that goes where they aim—every time. The more you shoot, the more you find that not every bullet performs the same way in a particular rifle. Once you find a factory round that works well for you, stick with it. Hopefully, it won’t be discontinued. If you’re trying new rounds, a new rifle or zeroing in for the start of the season, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Elk Carbonara

In Bugle, Carnivores Kitchen by Chef John McGannon, wildeats.com24 Comments

Heat a heavy gauge sauté pan or cast iron skillet with a little olive oil over a high heat. Season the diced elk meat with salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the meat to the hot pan and quickly sear on all sides. Once the meat is seared, but still rare, remove and set to the side. In the same pan, turn heat to medium, sprinkle a little more olive oil if necessary and add …

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Understanding Rifle Recoil

In Bugle, Gear 101, The Hunt by Wayne van Zwoll1 Comment

Bullet launch is a violent event. The sudden expansion of powder gas that boots a snug-fitting bullet from zero to 3,000 feet per second (2,045 mph) moves the rifle, too. You’re the brake. You absorb the recoil. No matter how big or tough you think you are, you will react to punishing recoil. Flinching moves your rifle before bullet release, so it affects point of impact. Sir Isaac Newton described recoil when he determined that …