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Two Elk Poached in Colorado

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Wildlife officials in southwest Colorado need more information to try to find the person(s) responsible for poaching two bull elk in early November in the Uncompahgre National Forest. “Whoever did this shows a total lack of respect for wildlife and ethical hunting,” Mark Caddy, Norwood District Ranger, told The Journal. “Colorado’s hunters are ethical, respect wildlife and follow regulations. This was not done by a hunter. It was done by a criminal.” Authorities offered a $1,250 …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Southern Oregon

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Wildlife officials and the Oregon State Police are searching for the person who poached an elk near Eagle Point in southern Oregon. “Our Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded to that area, where they located a bull elk that was shot and killed and partially harvested, meaning that they tried to harvest the animal but for whatever reason they stopped in the middle of it,” Sergeant Jeff Proulx of the Oregon State Police, told KTVL-TV. Police …

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Northeast Minnesotans: We Want Elk

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A survey conducted by the University of Minnesota and funded, in part, by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation shows 77 percent of those contacted support restoring wild, free-ranging elk to the forests of northeast Minnesota. On top of that, 79 percent of landowners also support the idea. “We assumed that the issue would be of more interest to landowners than perhaps many in the general public who might be living in towns and cities without …

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Thief Steals Elk Antlers

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Somebody walked into the lobby of a hotel in Craig, Colorado, and stole the antlers off right of an elk mount. According to a Facebook post, it happened at the Quality Inn and Suites. Mountain Man Taxidermy LLC states it will file a police report and is offering a reward. The site also stated the mount is loaned out to the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapter to assist its activities. Craig is about 200 …

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85-Year-Old Grandma Keeps on Hunting, Punches Her Tag

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Mary Brittain loves to hunt. She’s been doing it for more than half a century in her home state of Oregon. But back then was a lot different than today when she had to walk behind her husband, observe and learn. “I didn’t carry a gun then,” Brittain told Fox News. “He would make me walk behind him while he taught me to hunt. Then I started killing my own deer. It wasn’t long after …

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Wyoming Burn to Clean Up Forest, Improve Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and several other partners provided funding to assist the Bureau of Land Management carry out prescribed burn activity in south-central Wyoming. According to SweetwaterNOW, the burn will take place about 30 miles north and east of Rawlins in the Seminoe Mountains. The goal is to burn slash piles from earlier forest management work that removed dead, downed timber and underbrush which helps trigger the growth of forage for elk and …

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Reclaimed Coal Mines = Prime Wildlife Habitat

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When you think of land that is used for coal mining, you may think such land is rather desolate and forever useless. That is not the case for areas that are reclaimed and transformed so they benefit elk, deer and other wildlife. “It changed the whole scheme of wildlife habitat,” Leon Boyd, chair of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Southwestern Virginia Coal Fields Chapter, told realtree.com. “It went from food plots to wildlife farming. It’s …

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Researcher: Humic Acid May Break Down CWD

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A new study indicates an acid that develops in humus soil, the material when plant and animal matter decays, breaks down prions that cause chronic wasting disease. A Canadian researcher took commercially-produced humic acid and applied it to an infected elk brain. According to Science News, “in tissue samples with higher concentrations of humic acid, chemical signatures left by the infectious prions decreased by as much as 95 percent, signaling that the prions had likely …

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Search On for Vancouver Island Poacher

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Authorities on Vancouver Island are asking for tips in finding the person(s) responsible for poaching a bull elk with a crossbow. It happened on Highway 18 just west of Skutz Falls. “It was just left there,” Robin Sano, conservation officer, told the Cowichan Gazette. “This has become an almost weekly occurrence. We expect the elk was shot at night because there is less traffic on the highway.” Poachers shot and killed other elk including four …

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Elk Poached in North-Central Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking if anyone knows anything about who poached a cow elk in north-central Montana. It happened on private land west of Pishkun Reservoir about 75 miles west of Great Falls. According to the Choteau Acantha, the perpetrator first trespassed on the ranch, killed the elk and left it to waste. If you have any information, call 406-836-7217. (Photo image: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

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The Utah Freedom Hunt—A Veteran’s Day to Remember

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For the fourth year, the Utah Freedom Hunt took five wounded warrior veterans on elk hunts. The Utah Freedom Hunt is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give wounded vets outdoor hunting and fishing outdoor experiences. Utah chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are the largest donor, giving a $6,000 state grant. The 2018 Utah Freedom Hunt received a major donation from R & K Hunting which donated guides and its beautiful Queen’s …

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Pennsylvania Hunters Take 99 Elk in 2018 Hunt

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Ninety-nine hunters harvested an elk during the 2018 Pennyslvania elk hunt. Thirty-nine elk – nine bulls and 30 cows – were taken on the opening day of the elk season Nov. 5. “Overall, the 2018 elk season was fairly typical with a slightly lower success rate for antlerless elk hunters,” said Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. “Normally we’d like at least a 50 percent success rate in each zone, where this year several …

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Work Continues to Conserve Wildlife Winter Range, Migration Corridors

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State agencies are working to implement goals set forth by the Department of Interior to conserve migration corridors and winter range across 11 western states used by elk, mule deer and other wildlife species. Each state outlined priorities which resulted in an action plan that identifies the highest priority winter ranges, migration corridors and stopover areas for wildlife. Congress approved the action that includes funding for research and habitat stewardship work. “Healthy and protected migration …

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General Elk Hunt to Continue in Sawtooth Elk Zone

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to continue a general hunt with capped tags for the Sawtooth Elk Zone in 2019, which typically sells out in minutes due to its popularity with hunters. Commissioners may adjust the number of tags available in the zone when it sets its seasons and rules in March. Those tags will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the same dates and times as in 2018. Commissioners had …

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See Wild Elk in Utah

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Another chance to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the middle of hundreds of wild elk is almost here. To celebrate the start of another elk-viewing season, staff at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area will hold the ranch’s annual Elk Festival on Dec. 8. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As of Nov. 20, elk hadn’t entered the meadow through which the sleighs or wagons are pulled, but Hardware Ranch WMA …