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The Books – A young elk guide kills a bull big enough for the record books. Why would he, or any hunter, bother to enter it?

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I slowly nocked an arrow. The cow that had me pinned finally broke her stare. I was looking to a cluster of trees to my left waiting for the bull to show himself. “Whoa,” I said under my breath as it stepped out from behind cover. The heavy, long-tined rack he carried was not what I expected. As long as he kept walking my way he would give me a shot. I had never killed …

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Turning a Gold Mine into Golden Habitat

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549 acres and 3 billion gallons protected and secured Almost 30 years ago, RMEF played a pivotal role in forever protecting Dome Mountain, indispensable winter range for the Northern Yellowstone elk herd. In the dark days of the early 1900s when fewer than 50,000 elk remained in North America, animals from this herd literally restored wild elk across the continent. Last August the herd received crucial insurance for its future when RMEF joined forces with …

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What you need to know about camo – The Art of the Unseen

In Bugle, Gear 101 by Ryan Newhouse3 Comments

On the walls of the Shakhty Caves in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia there are paintings of hunters adorned in animal skins hunting wild oxen with bows and arrows. Drawn in red ochre, as if it were the very blood of a slain ox, these images date back to the late Paleolithic era (8,000 BCE). They are perhaps the earliest records of humans using camouflage to hunt their prey. Not much has changed. Though …

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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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Electric Bear Fence Assembly

In Bugle, The Hunt by RMEF2 Comments

Chances are, there’s a bear lurking somewhere in every elk hunter’s mind. From California to Pennsylvania, anybody who hunts elk is likely in bear country. Whether pitching a tent at the beginning of the hunt, or harvesting an animal toward the end, bears have the potential to ruin your trip. Black bears should never be taken for granted, and those who hunt among grizzlies or brown bears always need to bring their A game. On …

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Bugle Cover Photo Honored with Pinnacle Award

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a bit biased but we believe elk photos are almost always stunning and beautiful. Having said that, the image captured by Tim Christie he calls “The Crossing” is downright amazing. And we’re not the only ones that believe that. The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) recently honored Christie with a Pinnacle Award at its annual conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. “It is always both exciting and humbling to receive such …

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How to Sharpen an Axe

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From cutting firewood to pounding tent stakes to hacking through a rib cage, there’s a place in every elk camp for a trusty axe or hatchet. While they might be cumbersome to pack on your back, you can always use a hardy all-purpose blade in camp. We’ll take you through the basics and benefits of the camp axe and hatchet. The Swedes know their axes, and Gransfors Bruks has been building some of the best …

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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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Choosing The Right Arrow

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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

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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 ZwollLeave a Comment

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 …