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Hunters may soon be able to hunt mule deer in Colorado Springs’ City limits

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In an effort to reduce a burgeoning mule deer population linked to auto collisions and other public safety issues, Colorado’s second-largest city is considering using urban hunters to reduce surging mule deer numbers within its city limits. Similar programs are in place in smaller Colorado communities. “I think we have shown over and over again you can do this with public hunters,” Frank McGee, Colorado Parks and Wildlife manager, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. Brian …

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Bass Pro Shops & RMEF: The Power of Partnership

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A young avid angler named Johnny Morris opened Bass Pro Shops in 1972 in Springfield, Missouri. Twelve years later, four elk hunters Montana founded the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Troy, Montana. Today, Bass Pro Shops is the leading retailer of outdoor gear and apparel with more than 100 retail and marine center locations across North America. RMEF has more than 222,000 members, 500+ chapters and carries out on-the-ground conservation work to benefit elk and …

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Elk Fit to Benefit Hunters, Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Elk Fit, a nutritional program inspired by a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and MTN OPS, offers tangible benefits for elk hunters and their ability to access more public land. “We appreciate our conservation partners at MTN OPS who see eye-to-eye with our mission priorities,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “This program not only assists the individual elk hunter but it helps us open the door for hunters to …

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Mountain Lion Jumps Through Window, Lands on Sleeping Woman

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Imagine being sound asleep in your comfy bed and a mountain lion jumps right on top of you. That is exactly what happened to a woman in north-central California. A lion crashed into the door of a bowling alley before sprinting and leaping through the window. The woman stayed calm enough to open the back door to let it out. “People can be in danger when they come face to face with one of these …

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Big Game Hunters Set Crosshairs on Wyoming

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More and more hunters are heading to Wyoming in their quest to fill the freezer. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) again received “higher than anticipated application numbers” earlier this year. “Game and Fish is glad for the interest hunters show in Wyoming,” said Scott Talbott, Game and Fish’s director. “We work hard to provide great hunting and fishing opportunities throughout the state. We were able to offer more licenses for deer and antelope …

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Virginia Poacher Heading to Jail

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A Virginia judge sentenced a man to nearly seven years in prison, $25,500 in fines and a five-year loss of his hunting privileges for poaching four elk, three deer, one black bear and a bobcat. Virginia Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) investigated Nelson Drummond of Buchanan County, Virginia, after finding an illegally shot bull elk in April of 2016. Further investigation showed he used a .22 rifle with a laser sight to poach the animals. CPOs …

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Hunt Ongoing For Bear That Attacked Teenager

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A camp counselor who teaches wilderness survival has his own survival tale to tell. A black bear grabbed his head with one paw and then bit into his head and dragged 19-year-old Dylan as he slept along a lakefront northwest of Boulder, Colorado. “The crunching noise was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in,” Dylan told Denver7. The bear dragged him about 10 feet. Fellow staffers screamed and Dylan fought until it …

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Want to Shape the Future of Hunting? NOW is the Time to Do It

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When is the last time you let your state wildlife agency know what you think about hunting? Many agencies are holding public comment sessions or open houses right now. The results of those gatherings determine rules and regulations for your hunting trips this fall and beyond. Colorado is holding 2017 herd management public meetings. Washington is seeking comment on proposed alternatives for 2018-2020 hunting seasons. Oregon wants to know what you think about big game …

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11-Year-Old Saves Family Members, Shoots Brown Bear

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Four members of an Alaska family had an all-too-close call with a brown bear while heading to a favorite fishing hole. It happened near Hoonah in southern Alaska just west of Juneau. The bear charged the group but 11-year-old Elliot Clark responded instinctively and immediately. Lucas Clark, Elliot’s father, had not yet put a sling on his son’s shotgun so he was carrying it with his hands instead of on his shoulder. They carried guns …

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Youth Elk Hunting Licenses Available in New Mexico

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They’re called “youth encouragement elk hunting licenses” and more than 1,900 of them go on sale by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Almost 1,500 of the licenses are for hunters using any legal weapon and 390 others licenses are for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow. The licenses go on sale July 5 on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 14 days are open only to New Mexico residents. Out-of-state youth are …

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President/CEO David Allen sits down with Steve Rinella of MeatEaterPodcast

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Subjects discussed: Deadwood, South Dakota; Dale Earnhardt, senior; not being afraid to say “I love you” before it’s too late; Bugle magazine; the brucellosis vaccine; livestock detectives and bio-terrorism; chronic wasting disease; conservation easements; the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and how politicians screw with it; the Durfee Hills; Disney Syndrome; the relativity of cruelty; wildlife as a relic of the past; H.J.R. 69 and the unwarranted hysteria it inspires; and more. Click on the …

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Research: Cow Elk Grow Wiser with Age, Avoid Hunters

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New research out of Canada indicates that cow elk become more cautious, more wary and better able to avoid hunters as they grow older. Scientists at the University of Alberta placed GPS collars on 49 cows and tracked them by logging their locations for seven years. Among other things, they found that once female elk reach 10 years of age, it becomes extremely difficult for hunters to harvest them. Unlike bull elk which cover many …