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What You Can Do to Help Fight Poaching

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Below is a news release issued by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Of course, you don’t need to live in Utah to fight poaching. If you see questionable or illegal behavior, contact your state wildlife agency. SALT LAKE CITY — Hunting season is in full swing, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) conservation officers are hard at work patrolling the state to protect wildlife and make sure hunters are obeying the laws. From …

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Video: Research to Monitor Elk, Bear Movement in Great Smokies

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“It’s really tough to do a population determination here in the mountains. People want to know how many elk we have. And the answer is we really don’t know.  Some people think we have 150-plus, whatever ‘plus’ is,” Kim Delozier, RMEF conservation program manager, told WBIR-TV. Researchers will examine wildlife connectivity along Interstate 40 in the Pigeon River Gorge of western North Carolina. Information gathered will better identify locations of elk-vehicle collisions and determine potential …

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State Wildlife Agencies: Hunters, We Need Your Help to Fight CWD

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State agencies across the country are asking hunters to assist in identifying wildlife infected with chronic wasting disease, and in some places asking them to submit samples of animals harvested, so biologists can better manage its spread. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides self-sampling kiosks as a convenient way for hunters to have their animals tested for CWD. “Our goal is to determine where CWD is on the Wisconsin landscape,” said acting DNR …

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Sorting Elk Hooves in Search of Elk Hoof Disease

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Below is a post by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The life of a WDFW scientist isn’t always glamorous. Some days you spend hours washing elk hooves with a garden hose. That’s what WDFW veterinarian Dr. Kristin Mansfield did for one day this fall — cleaning hundreds of hooves so she and researchers from Washington State University (WSU) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can learn more about treponeme-associated hoof disease, …

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Missouri Outlines 2020 Elk Hunt

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Though not a done deal, the Missouri Department of Conservation laid out direction for its first-ever managed elk hunt that may take place in 2020. According to details reported in the Springfield News-Leader, the hunt would only be open to Missouri residents with 5-10 available permits. Applicants would be required to pay a $10 fee and if drawn, would pay $50 for a permit. The hunt would be divided up into a nine-day archery season …

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Hammer Drops on Wyoming Man for Wanton Destruction of Big Game

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Fourth Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman approved the conditions of a plea agreement reached between the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office and Sheridan County resident Gregg Lambdin, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 1, 2019 to two misdemeanors and nine felonies for wanton destruction of big game animals. Lambdin was assessed $110,000 in fines, $144,000 in restitution and nine months jail time. Lambdin will serve his jail sentence in the Sheridan County Detention Center and he …

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Father of NFL Linebacker Rescues Injured Elk Hunter

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An elk hunter from Michigan received the vital medical attention he needed thanks to a rescue effort by a hunting guide and several others in north-central Idaho. The guide, Darwin Vander Esch, is father of Leighton Vander Esch, linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. The hunter was part of a mule pack train packing out an elk when his mule broke off into a run, throwing him to the ground. The man sustained a series of …

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Three Youth Tag Out in Arkansas

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Opening weekend of the Arkansas youth elk hunt was a good one for three hunters in the northwest part of the state who all harvested a bull. “The youth did really well – all the kids were excited,” said Wes Wright, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission elk program coordinator. “The weather turned bad with lots of rain Sunday but they were able to harvest before the rain hit. The rain did make it a little …

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Netting Doesn’t Slow Bull Elk

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A bull elk wandering around Estes Park, Colorado, is sporting a unique look. It has netting designed to keep wildlife away from vegetation wrapped up in its antlers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) tweeted it will continue to monitor the bull and will only intervene as a last resort. “The bull is healthy, able to move freely, eat and drink. He just has to deal with the annoyance of some plastic.” CPW also urges everyone …

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USDA to Invest $50 Million to Increase Public Access on Private Lands

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make up to $50 million available to help create or expand state government and tribal programs that encourage landowners and land managers to allow public access to their land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through November 27, 2019, from state governments and tribes for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). “These projects are excellent …

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See Bugling Elk, Golden Aspen in Colorado

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Leaf peepers come for the last glimpses of aspen turning gold. Wildlife watchers come to experience the elk “rut” when the males bugle and battle for dominance and the right to breed. It makes for an interesting time to hike, camp or visit Mueller State Park west of Colorado Springs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has a number of guided hikes and naturalist programs to help visitors enjoy this beautiful season. Also, CPW continues its …

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Pennsylvania Hunter Takes Record Bull Elk

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Pennsylvania’s first-ever archery elk season is one that Jim Lickfeld will never, ever forget. Not only was he shocked a month earlier when he found out he was drawn to receive one of five coveted tags, but he took full advantage by punching that tag the first night of his September hunt. “As I came to full draw, Al whispered “57” as in yards. I did some fast geometry knowing my 40-yard pin was 10 …

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Elk Hunter Dies in Freak Accident

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An elk hunter from Wisconsin died after a storm rolled through Idaho where they set up camp. Lightning struck a tree that fell on the tent of 33-yar-old Chris Perow, killing him instantly. “We had plans as a family. We had plans to build a home, and we had plans to have more children,” Chris’s wife Lauren told WDJT-TV. Perow made the trip west with his brother-in-law. It was a hunt they planned for a …

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Idaho Boasts Millions of Acres to Hunt

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If you are looking for somewhere to hunt in Idaho, there are plenty of choices. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) owns, manages and keeps open to the public about 370,000 acres at its wildlife management areas, and provides literally millions more acres through its various agreements and lease programs that allow public access to various state and private lands. Money for access comes from multiple IDFG funds, including IDFG’s access/depredation fee that …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Colorado

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) needs your help identifying two individuals suspected of illegally killing a bull elk last week in Game Management Unit 2, a limited, high-quality hunting unit located in northwest Moffat County located in the northwest corner of Colorado. On the evening of Sept. 25, 2019, a witness called CPW officer Jeffrey Goncalves to report what appeared to be a wounded bull elk east of the intersection of Moffat County Roads 67 …