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Elk Come Alive in the Great Smoky Mountains

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Breeding season is a magical time all across country. And that includes in the Appalachian Mountains along the North Carolina-Tennessee border. “The elk rut season is happening right now,” Julena Campbell, Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokesperson, told WBIR-TV. “It’s basically the fall breeding season for elk. So, the bull elk in particular are feeling frisky.” For those not familiar with elk or the rut, it is vital to keep your distance as bulls can …

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Oregon State Police Seek Info on Elk Poacher

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Authorities in Oregon need your help finding who is responsible for poaching a bull elk in the north-central part of the state. According to KNDO/KNDU-TV, someone shot and killed the 4×5 bull off U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Road 12 near USFS Road 42 in Wheeler County. The responsible party shot and gutted the animal but left all of the meat to waste. If you have any information, call -800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile). (Photo source: Oregon …

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Wyoming Authorities: Help Wildlife by Returning Tracking Collars

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging anyone who finds or harvests an animal with a radio collar or transmitter to return that collar as soon as possible to any Game and Fish office or employee. “Many animals from deer to moose are fitted with collars that collect data, which are important to wildlife research,” said Tim Woolley, statewide wildlife and habitat management supervisor. “You can still harvest an animal that is wearing a …

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Leashed Dogs Allow to Recover Big Game in Pennsylvania

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As the statewide Pennsylvania deer seasons kick off, hunters will have their first opportunity to recover big game they’ve shot by tracking the animal’s escape trail with a leashed dog. Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year signed into law a bill that allows for the use of leashed tracking dogs to recover big game that cannot be recovered by hunters. The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mario M. Scavello, provides another choice for hunters who …

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Elk Hunting Opportunities Expanded in Oklahoma

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If you live in Oklahoma and want a better opportunity to hunt elk, your chances just improved. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to expand hunting on federally managed lands in Oklahoma including the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Sequoyah NWR and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the latter of which added an additional elk hunt and 70 cow harvest tags. “Through a great partnership …

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Assistant City Attorney, Husband Arrested for Stealing Hunting Gear

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Update (10-10-2018)  According to the Park Record, Utah prosecutors in Salt Lake County charged a husband and wife with two misdemeanors each for stealing hunting equipment earlier this year. Polly Samuels McLean, assistant Park City attorney, and husband Andrew McLean, a well-known skier, were originally arrested with third-degree felonies which could have included up to five years in prison. Now the two could each face one year in jail. Currently listed as on leave, Park City …

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Wildlife Officer, Locals Free Tangled Montana Buck

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Below is a Facebook post from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (Region 1) Today FWP office staff received a call from the public about two bucks that had their antlers locked together. When an FWP game warden arrived, he found that one of the bucks was dead but the other was still very much alive and fighting to get free. The warden used a catch pole to hold the live buck down and, with help …

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Wisconsin Alters Approach to Future Elk Hunts

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The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board is modifying the way future elk hunts will take place. Currently, the number of hunting permits made available is limited to five percent of the total overall elk population but according to the Sawyer County Record such a threshold is not necessary regarding herd management. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposed using current scientific research instead of the fixed five percent figure in determining whether a conservative bull …

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Tangled Bull Elk Put Down in Montana

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Wildlife officials in Montana put down two bull elk that were tangled in bailing twine, each other and a tree. When eventually found, both animals were too weak to be tranquilized. “The message is pick up all your baling twine,” Bob Gibson, FWP information and education manager, told KTVQ-TV. “But we aren’t sure where it got picked up. The rancher said, ‘I pick up my baling twine. I don’t leave it lying around.’ And this …

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Survey: Some are Mentoring Future Hunters, Shooters

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New surveys indicate 34 percent of active hunters and 43 percent of active recreational shooters took at least one child hunting or shooting in the past 12 months. “Mentors and mentoring programs are the best way to grow the next generation of sportsmen, and it’s encouraging to see this role carried out by many hunters and recreational shooting enthusiasts,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designed and conducted the surveys. At least 17 …

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Stewardship Project to Benefit New Mexico Elk Habitat

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Elk and other wildlife in southwest New Mexico get upgraded habitat thanks to prescribed burning activity in the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest. According to the Grant County Beat, crews plan to carry out the treatment across 320 acres west of Camp Thunderbird between October 22 and November 16. Prescribed burns improve forage by removing downed limbs and other woody debris on the forest floor thus allowing grass and a diversity of …

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Removing Ban on Mountain Lion Hunting with Hounds

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One month after a mountain lion killed a hiker and citing increasing species’ numbers, lawmakers in Oregon are considering removing a ban on hunting the animals with hounds. According to KMTR-TV, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife presented its mountain lion management plan to the Oregon House Interim Committee on Agricultural and Natural Resources. During the meeting, one legislator proposed again allowing hunters the opportunity to hunt mountain lions while using dogs. A bill …

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Kentucky Finding May Be Linked to Extinct Elk

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Can a leisurely hike in the woods take you back hundreds or even thousands of years earlier? That may be what happened in northern Kentucky. According to WLEX-TV, a man from Louisville found a unique looking fossil in a small pool of water just off of Vaughn Branch Stream. Since then, a number of scientists tried to figure out where it came from. Dr. Chris Widga, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University, claims it …

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Trespassing Leads to Charges in Washington

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Below is a Facebook post from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: WDFW Officer Wessel responded to a hunting-while-trespassing call with a Clallam County deputy on the last day of elk archery last week. She was informed that the hunters had already left; however, after going over two barbed-wire fences and crawling under an electric fence, Officer Wessel came upon flashlights shining off in a distant field.   Upon contacting the hunter, he …

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Bull Elk Rescued from Fencing, Second Animal Dies

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Below is a Facebook post from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: Two bull elk in the Ochoco Unit were recently spotted stuck together and tied up in wire fencing, something we see quite a bit this time of year. One bull had died from injuries sustained from fighting and being wrapped in the barb wire. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers were able to radio dispatch and notify the Prineville field …