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Do Elk Eat Dirt?

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If you took vitamins as a kid, your parents probably told you they would help you grow up big and strong. The minerals in the supplements were important for your body. They’re important for elk, too. Of course, elk don’t take vitamins. They just eat dirt. Elk love mineral salts, including sodium, and elk will often eat mineralized soils or salt-bearing waters to get them. Just as eating only burgers every day wouldn’t give humans …

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Venison or Elk: The War Rages On

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A few weeks ago we posted a video on how to grind elk burger. One of the subtitles in the video read “semi-frozen cuts of Venison or Elk.” Well, thanks to a quality assurance snafu, this piece went out without all members of our team weighing in. This sparked a pseudo-outrage on social media between Venison faithful’s and those who claim it is simply “Elk Meat.” Fast forward a few weeks into planning for a …

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The Rut

In Elk Facts, Hunting Is Conservation by Christine PaigeLeave a Comment

As Autumn dabbles in her paint box to frost the early mornings and tinge the woods with red and gold, I am sitting on a piney hillside, just listening to the hush. I shove my hands deep in my jacket pockets and scrunch my chin into my collar to hoard a little warmth. My breath puffs out little clouds into the chilly air. A jay calls, and a pine cone thumps to the ground. Then, …

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When and why do bulls and bucks shed their antlers?

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Shed hunters know that after the winter solstice, when testosterone is at its low ebb in cervids and days are inching incrementally longer, every member of North America’s deer family is preparing to cast its antlers. This cyclical replacement is unique in the animal kingdom, and the exact timing of antler shedding is, well, complicated. The antler cycle hinges on endocrine and neural control, as well as the size, age and health of the animal. …

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Over 78 Elk, Antelope and Bear Dead: Japanese Yew And How You Can Identify It

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A favored poison from the 15th century that is now a common ornamental tree in western suburban neighborhoods is killing off desperate winter-stressed wildlife in Idaho. In fact, it has taken down antelope and elk so quickly that in certain cases they have been found dead with half chewed twigs still in their mouths. It’s no wonder some have dubbed it the “tree of death.” Before the wildlife deaths in Idaho this winter, most guides …