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North Dakota Big Game Applications Now Available

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Applications to hunt elk and other big game in North Dakota are now available. A total of 478 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 70 from last year and the most since 2011. Elk, moose and bighorn sheep lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime licenses in North Dakota. Hunters who have received a license through the lottery in the past are not eligible to apply for that species again. Find …

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Tis the Season, Bears are Waking Up

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The temperatures are warming and that means bears are waking up from hibernation. Of course, that means if you plan to spent time in bear country you need to be vigilant and prepared. “Typically, male bears emerge from their dens in mid-March and early April, while females and young-of-the-year cubs emerge in late April and early May,” said Dusty Lasseter, Wyoming Game and Fish bear wise coordinator.  “With grizzly bears being active in the Greater …

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Want to Help Manage Wildlife in Utah?

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If you are interested in Utah’s wildlife and how species are managed, several positions will soon be opening on the five Regional Advisory Councils (RAC) that share public feedback with the Utah Wildlife Board. You can apply for one of the available RAC positions. Each RAC holds about six meetings a year. At the meetings, RAC members listen to proposals from Division of Wildlife Resources biologists about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah. They …

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Big Game Feeding Limited in Idaho

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Idaho Fish and Game and its winter feeding advisory committees continue to monitor conditions in light of snowstorms, and through late February there was still no need for large-scale, emergency winter feeding. The latest batch of snowstorms to come through Idaho pushed the snowpack for nearly all of the state’s drainages above their respective averages, according to the National Resources Conservation Service. At the end of February, snowpack ranged from 91 to 153 percent of …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Wyoming

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Wildlife authorities in Wyoming are trying to find the person(s) responsible for the poaching of a bull elk in northern Wyoming. According to SheridanMedia.com, someone shot the animal on private property in northern Sheridan County along Pass Creek Road, removed the head, backstraps and hindquarters but left the rest to rot. If you have any information, calls 307-655-9495, 307-672-7418 or call the STOP POACHING hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847) (Photo source: Jim Peaco-NPS)

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Help Determine Future of Hunting in Wyoming

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) will conduct six open-house meetings throughout the Bighorn Basin with one final meeting in Cody to discuss 2019 hunting season proposals for game birds and big game. During the open houses, Game and Fish personnel will be available to discuss proposed changes to 2019 hunting seasons for local hunt areas. A final meeting, during which statewide seasons may be discussed, will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 28 …

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Leftover Elk Licenses Available in Arizona

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Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2019 elk hunts. There are 744 leftover hunt permit-tags — 668 for the minimal occurrence zone/low density (general) hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. All remaining hunt permit-tags will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis as follows: If you put in for an elk tag but have not yet checked to see if you were …

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State Agencies: Give Wildlife a Break

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Late winter can be a stressful time for deer and elk with deep snow, limited food options and depleted fat reserves. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give deer and elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed. The message is similar in Idaho. “Right now, deer and elk are just trying to hang on through spring green-up,” Greg Painter, Idaho …

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LWCF Finally Permanently Authorized

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A key conservation program is now permanently authorized after President Trump signed S.47 into law. The Land and Water Conservation Program protected millions of acres of habitat since it was first created in 1964. It directs lawmakers to appropriate up to $900 million annually from federal offshore drilling fees for the protection of important land, water and recreational areas for all Americans to enjoy. For the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation alone, LWCF so far provided …

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DOI Partners with Private Land Owners to Fund Conservation Initiatives

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Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that through continued implementation of Secretarial Order 3362, “Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors,” $1.5 million in private land habitat projects were approved. The funding and technical support is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. “The important role that private lands play in conservation cannot be overstated,” said Acting Secretary Bernhardt. “Of course, our …

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Poacher Sought in Olympic National Park

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A visitor to Olympic National Park in Washington reported a dead cow elk on Upper Hoh Road on February 15, 2019. Investigators determined the poachers made no effort to remove the meat. Olympic National Park maintains it protects the largest population of Roosevelt elk in its natural environment in the world. Call 1-888-653-0009 if you have information about this incident. (Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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RMEF Staffer Recognized for Contributions to Conservation

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recognized Leah Burgess, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation land program manager for Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, as its Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust 2018 Partner of the Year. The honor is part of a wider month-long celebration of women and the impact they have in conserving America’s wildlife. Below is text taken from the award announcement. Leah finds great satisfaction in the work of permanently protecting Wyoming’s …

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Wyoming Program Improves Public Access for Hunting, Fishing

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There’s more access for hunting and fishing in Wyoming thanks to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department program that uses public donations to open private land. In 2018, the Access Yes program provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access as well as 4,006 lake acres and 86 stream miles for fishing on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands through partnerships with private landowners. “Each year we partner with landowners to increase …

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RMEF Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair, Members

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce Fred Lekse has been elected its new chairman of the Board of Directors. A RMEF life member and avid hunter, Lekse is the 19th chairman to lead the organization. “It is an honor and a privilege to assume this new responsibility,” said Lekse. “I am excited to work alongside my fellow board members in providing high level direction to better help accelerate RMEF’s mission of …