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Pricey Elk Tells Important Story

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You know the old saying, right? “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Wildlife officials in Colorado are spreading their own message far and wide with a Twitter photo. The Colorado Wildlife Council, the PR wing of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, posted the photo of a bull elk crafted out of a one dollar bill. It is accompanied by a tiny billboard that states this:  “Fees from hunting and fishing licenses go to conserving Colorado’s …

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Land and Wildlife Management Works

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A recent article in Agweek featured a Q & A session with a woman who advocates in behalf of wolves and opposes predator management. She made this statement that seemed to jump out from all others:  “…mankind has never known how to manage any wild animals or plants … with good success. If you’ve noticed, we have pretty much messed up almost everything.” That is untrue. Land and wildlife management are both effective and necessary. …

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New Order Increases Recreational Opportunities on Public Lands and Waters

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order that continues efforts to prioritize the Department of Interior’s recreation mission and increase access to public lands. Secretarial Order 3366 directs certain Interior bureaus to create and deliver plans to the Department within 90 days that focus on developing or expanding recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. This order also directs bureau heads to designate one full-time employee charged to oversee recreational opportunities. …

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April 30 Deadline to Apply for Kentucky Elk Hunt

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Hunters interested in entering the 2018 Kentucky elk hunt drawing have until midnight (EST) April 30 to purchase applications. Hunters can apply online at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFW) website. “Our herd is strong and healthy,” said Gabe Jenkins, KDFW deer and elk program coordinator. “However, the herd dynamics have changed in recent years. Hunters will have to work to be successful and time spent scouting will greatly increase chances for …

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Situation Ethics: A Shot Through the Heart

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Never having shot an elk with his bow, a hunter has the chance to seal the deal on a bruiser—except for that one, little, strategically placed, pathetic tree. My brother let out a high, squeaky and wimpy bugle, hoping to rouse the fighting instincts in one of the bulls we knew to be close. Almost as Tim’s bugle trailed off, another deeper, guttural and angry response erupted from the timber a couple hundred yards up …

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Washington Approves Changes to Elk Hunting Season

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The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new hunting regulations through 2020 for elk, deer, waterfowl, and other game species. Key changes in hunting rules approved by the commission for the upcoming season include: The commission also approved a proposal to allow hunters to use primers designed for use in modern cartridges during muzzleloader seasons, but explicitly banned the use of “unmanned aircraft” – also known as drones – while hunting. These and other new …

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Scientists: Wolves Get Too Much Credit

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It is a popular claim made by animal rights groups: reintroducing the wolf spawns widespread ecological change for the better in rivers and landscapes that starts at the top of the food chain and tumbles to the bottom. The thing is, while a few scientists promote the theory of trophic cascade others simply do not believe it. “It’s a really romantic story,” Utah State University ecologist Dan McNulty, Utah State University ecologist, told AccuWeather.com. “It’s …

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Mule Deer Migration Route = 242 Miles!

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The Energizer Bunny has nothing on a mule deer doe in the Northern Rockies. A lone doe, outfitted with a GPS collar, just kept on going and going when the rest of the herd stopped during an annual migration from Wyoming  and into Idaho. And she did so as wide-eyed researchers watched her movement. In all, the deer traveled 242 miles, believed to be the longest such confirmed migration for a deer on record. “It’s …

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Virginia Newspaper Editorial: ‘To Preserve Wildlife, Preserve Hunting’

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Below is an article published on April 8 by the editorial board of the Franklin News-Post, a newspaper published in Rocky Mount, Virginia. If you worry about endangered bumblebees and declining songbird populations, there’s another threatened species you should fret over: hunters. In fact, the hunter is a keystone species of Virginia’s outdoors, and continued declines are worrying for everyone who supports wildlife conservation. Fees and taxes levied on hunting pay for a large chunk …

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Hunting Is Not Just for Guys

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Among other things, hunting provides savory meat for meals, the opportunity to learn outdoor skills and the chance to strengthen friendships in the field. A recent article penned by Brian Sexton shines a light on how hunting is not just a man’s activity. “A couple of seasons ago, my wife and I harvested a cow elk. Brooks stayed by my side all day, watching intently as I butchered the meat into steaks, stew meat and …

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Cross-Country Poaching Case Solved Thanks to Tip

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It’s approximately 1,400 miles from Wyoming to Tennessee but thanks to a tip by one landowner, game wardens were able to solve a poaching case that dated back to 2015. Back in September 2015, a warden with Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF) received a call regarding two mule deer that were shot dead west of Sheridan. The perpetrators removed the heads from the animals. A third mule deer carcass turned up about a month later. …

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Montana’s New CWD Management Plan to be Reviewed

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The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will review the final draft of the Montana Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan at its meeting on April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Avenue, in Helena. Montana found its first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in October 2017. CWD is an always-fatal neurologic disease like mad cow disease that affects deer, elk, moose and caribou. There are no known risks …

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Oregon Wolf Population Up 11 Percent

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) wildlife biologists counted 124 wolves in Oregon this past winter, an 11 percent increase over the number counted last year. “The wolf population continues to grow and expand its range in Oregon,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Wolf Coordinator. “This year, we also documented resident wolves in the northern part of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains for the first time.” This count is based on verified wolf evidence (like visual observations, …

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Nebraska Commission to Discuss 2018 Elk Hunting Season

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2018 elk, deer and hunting seasons when it meets April 19 at Fort Robinson State Park. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Buffalo Barracks within the park, which is located 3 miles west of Crawford in northwestern Nebraska. Staff also will recommend the creation of regulations for a passage peregrine falcon trapping season. If approved, licensed falconers would have the opportunity to capture …

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Volunteers Contribute More than $21 Million in Value to RMEF Conservation Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s volunteer force of 11,000-strong donated more than $21 million in labor during 2017. “We have a profound gratitude for our volunteers who give so much of their time, talents and energy on behalf of RMEF,” said Nancy Holland, RMEF president and CEO. “They constantly go above and beyond in helping to further our shared conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting …