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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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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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Steel Wire vs Synthetic Winch Rope

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WARN synthetic rope, such as its Spydura line, is made from an ultra-high molecular polyethylene material. It receives a coat of urethane that helps protect the rope from the effects of ultra-violet rays and chemicals, two enemies of synthetic rope. The rope also includes a sliding sleeve to help protect it from wear and abrasion while winching. All WARN truck and SUV winches equipped with synthetic rope should be used with a hawse fairlead.  Synthetic …

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RMEF, Others Promote Awareness of Wildlife Poaching

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Below is a news release issued by the International Wildlife Crimestoppers Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Guidefitter, and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited Helps Promote Awareness of Wildlife Poaching by Supporting International Wildlife Crimestoppers, Inc. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Guidefitter, and Nevada Bighorns Unlimited have pledged their support of $5,000 each to International Wildlife Crimestoppers (IWC) to safeguard the nation’s wildlife from poachers. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is the leading conservation organization protecting North America’s elk …

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North Carolina to Host Smoky MTN Elk Fest

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The first-ever Smoky MTN Elk Fest, a family-friendly celebration of elk and conservation is scheduled to take place Sept. 13-15, 2019, in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. “To see my first elk, I drove 2,200 miles,” Joyce Cooper, co-chair of the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, told the Smoky Mountain News. “Now I can drive 5 miles and see an elk. I’ve had elk on my property. They’ve been grazing on …

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Gear 101: Pack Dump

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RMEF’s own hunting editor dumps his day pack and shows-off its contents. Everything you need for a day in the field. What did we leave out? Comment below. Learn more about the Alps Outdoors Switchback X pack: http://www.alpsoutdoorz.com/products/rmef/extreme-packs/switchback-x

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Gear 101: Cabela’s All-Day Transporter Fanny Pack

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If you’ve ever hiked a mile or two in to your favorite elk spot before dawn, then you’re likely familiar with an all too common problem—sweat. And nowhere is it worse than on your back. For most hunters, the reality is that they aren’t going on multi-day excursions and don’t need a giant pack. Now you can reduce or eliminate the sweat factor, and still carry everything you need with Cabela’s Transporter Fanny Pack. To …

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Gear 101: API Outdoors Voyager Treestand

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Treestands are typically used to hunt cagey whitetails, but there’s no reason they can’t work on elk. The key is portability. And at just 17 pounds, this Voyager Treestand from API Outdoors just might be your ticket to a full freezer. You need to be able to put your stand where the elk are. Like whitetails, elk typically don’t look for danger from above. But they do depend heavily on their keen sense of smell …

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CHOOSING THE PERFECT HUNTING BOOT

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Anyone who has hunted in the mountains recognizes how important supportive and proper fitting boots can be. Most mountain hunting guides can tell you horror stories of their hunter’s badly damaged feet ending or severely impairing their “once in a lifetime hunt.” Until you have suffered this pain and agony personally, it is hard to completely understand how important your feet are to a mountain hunt. If your feet fail you, all of the expensive …

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Gear 101: Cabela’s Blackout X300 Ground Blind

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Running and gunning for elk typically means that once you find elk, you use the wind and terrain to conceal your movement. But what if you knew where the elk were going to be at dawn and dusk? What if the elk in your sights always traveled from food to bedding cover using the same drainage? If you’re privy to this kind of elk hunting gold, then maybe you should consider using a ground blind. …

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Gear 101: Cabela’s Alaskan Guide Series Vanguard Fixed-Blade Knife

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Hunters have a lot of tools at their disposal, and second only to their weapon, is a good knife. Have you ever tried field-dressing an elk without one? The Cabela’s Alaskan Guide Series Fixed Blade is a no-nonsense, trust-worthy tool to help make short work of an elk or any other project around camp. Made in Idaho by Buck knives, this knife features an out-of-box, razor sharp blade made of S30V steel. This field-tested stainless …

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5 Tips for Accuracy – It’s All In Your Head

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The Take-away Yesterday as I write this a six-point bull walked out of my scope field at 280 yards. He vanished in an organic mesh of alder 9 feet thick. I sighed as others party to the event whispered, “Can’t believe he didn’t shoot. I’d ‘a’ hammered that bull. Won’t get a chance like that again soon.” Counting me, we were four people: four times as many as needed to shoot an elk or pass …