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190K Area Open to Hunting in Oregon

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More than 190,000 acres of Hancock Forest Management (HFM) timberlands are now open for year round hunting access in the Trask, Stott Mt, and Alsea Wildlife Management Units along the mid-coast, (parts of Lincoln, Benton, Polk, and Tillamook counties). While HFM properties have allowed hunting access before as part of the Stott Mt/N Alsea TMA, the lands were closed during fire season (typically July 1-Oct. 15). This new project is expanding no fee public access …

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Staying Safe During Archery Season

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If you’re an archery hunter, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has some simple tips to keep you safe. RaLynne Takeda, assistant Hunter Education coordinator for the DWR, says archery hunting doesn’t involve firearms, but it does present two unique risks. “Every year,” she says, “we receive reports of hunters falling from trees or jabbing themselves or other hunters while carrying arrows in their hands.” Another risk is letting an arrow fly without being certain …

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Professor: Wild Horses, Burros Harm Natural Ecosystem

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A professor of rangeland ecology at the University of Nevada-Reno maintains that wild horses and burros are damaging wildlife habitat in the West. “We have a lot of animals that are out there in excess of what has been determined as being an appropriate management level that is the crux of the matter,” Barry Perryman told Nevada Public Radio. Federal law dictates a population of 27,000 wild horses and burros on public lands yet there …

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RMEF, Others Call for Reauthorization of Key Conservation Program

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation stands shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow conservation groups, community leaders and federal lawmakers in calling for permanent re-authorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. “The expiration of LWCF at the end of September creates a great deal of uncertainty for landowners and sportsmen concerned with habitat conservation and hunting access,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “To date LWCF funding has provided over $108 million in funding …

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South Dakota to Determine 2018 Elk Contingency Licenses

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will look to provide a recommendation for this year’s use of elk contingency licenses at the GFP Commission meeting in September. “The Department will use a variety of sources to help generate a recommendation for the GFP Commission to consider; including but not limited to a decision support tool, drought monitor, consultation with range specialists, and other resources,” stated Tom Kirschenmann, deputy director of the GFP Division …

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Predator Kills Increase, Livestock Board Issues Advisory

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Both ranchers and organizations in Montana tasked with dealing with predation by grizzlies and wolves are feeling the pinch of increasing predator attacks. The Livestock Board, which supports livestock communities by reducing the impacts of predators, issued an advisory of sorts to assist farmers and ranchers: We just received a call (August 9) from USDA Wildlife Services. Currently predation from wolves, grizzly bears and mountain lions is at an extreme high volume. Their specialists are …

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Mountain Lion Breaks into Colorado Home, Eats Family Pet

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A mountain lion entered through the screen door and ate a family cat inside a home in Boulder, Colorado. Wildlife officials arrived late at night and eventually got it out of the house. The mountain lion was last seen running into the foothills near Boulder Canyon. Law enforcement encourages residents to keep all ground level doors and windows closed and locked. (Photo source: Boulder Police Department)

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As Hunting Season Approaches, Keep Eye Out for Poachers

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As summer comes to an end and hunting seasons ramp-up, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is asking citizens to make the call to the Turn In Poachers (TIPs) hotline if they observe illegal hunting, fishing or trapping activity. ͞ During the annual reporting period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, the TIPs program resulted in 261 investigations leading to 146 arrests, $31,000 in fines and $57,400 in liquidated civil damages,͟said GFP …

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Wyoming Hunters Urged to Help with Brucellosis Research

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGF) is urging hunters to submit elk blood samples to assist with the department’s ongoing brucellosis research. Brucellosis is a bacterial disease endemic in elk and bison throughout the area surrounding Yellowstone in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. A state/federal eradication program has almost eliminated the disease in cattle, but infected elk and bison pose a continuing threat. To encourage involvement, WGF established a raffle as a thank you for …

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Michigan Approves Rules to Crack Down on CWD

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The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved a series of deer hunting regulations aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease. The action came after months of commission members and Department of Natural Resources staff hearing from hunters, residents and others interested in the long-term health of the state’s deer population, and a thorough review of the best available science on chronic wasting disease. “We hope that by setting these specific CWD regulations we …

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Wildlife photographer draws Wyoming grizzly tag – plans to “shoot” with a camera

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Following the delisting of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and subsequently approved hunt in Wyoming, more than 7,000 individuals entered for the first grizzly bear hunt in the state since the bears being placed on the Endangered Species list in the 1970’s.  In a report done by the Washington Post, it appears that one of those individuals, wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, drew the coveted tag and opportunity but plans to forego a hunt altogether. …

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Geological Student Finds Record Elk

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How’s this for a great day at school? Illinois State University geological student Preston Konop found a 368 6/8″ Boone and Crockett bull while completing his field work towards his degree. His account, as first told by the Herald Times, is below: “As my partner and I were hiking down a mountain, we stopped to look at the map. While my partner was finding our location on the map, I was looking for a sample …