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RMEF Marks Decade of Record Membership Growth

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Chalk it up as the tenth year in a row that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation registered record membership. As of December 31, 2018, RMEF had 234,982 members, marking a 3.2 percent membership increase from 2017. “We greatly appreciate our members and volunteers who support our mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “This continued growth is an indicator …

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Popular Landscape Shrub Kills More Elk

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Another half dozen elk died after ingesting the Japanese yew shrub. It happened in the Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley communities north of Boise, Idaho. “The yew has a red berry…that has an opening in the bottom. It also has flat evergreen leaves that are about an inch long and an eighth of an inch wide and pointed on the ends,” Lynn Kinter, Idaho Fish and Game botanist, told the Idaho Statesman. Kinter said most …

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North Carolina Takes Step toward Possible Elk Hunt

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Permits are not being made available, but North Carolina seems to be setting the table for a possible future elk hunting season. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a series of public meetings regarding some newly proposed hunting and fishing regulations. Among them is one that adds elk, alligators and feral pigs to the list of species that can be taken during archery season. According to the Citizen Times, biologist Justin McVey says …

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Public Input Sought for Washington Hunting Seasons

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. From Jan. 23 through Feb. 13, WDFW will accept written comments from the public to help finalize hunting rules and regulations proposed for the upcoming year. The proposals and comment forms will be posted on the department’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/seasonsetting/. Most of the proposals address minor changes in special permit levels and hunting area descriptions …

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Application Period Opens for 2019 Arizona Elk Hunt

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting online applications for 2019 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for elk and pronghorn. To apply online, visit www.azgfd.gov and click on “Apply for a Draw.” For an overview of the online application service, including license requirements, applying for bonus points and payment information, see Page 10 of the “2019 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information” booklet. Printed booklets are available at all department offices …

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Apply Now for 2019 Kentucky Quota Elk Hunts

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Kentucky elk hunters can now apply for a new, either-sex archery/crossbow permit for the 2019 elk season. “This new permit gives archery and crossbow hunters the freedom to choose whether to take a bull or a cow,” said Gabe Jenkins, elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). “We wanted to give hunters more flexibility and options to fill their permits. Archery elk hunting is hard – and just getting …

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Hunter Shoots Wolf in Surprising Location

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Montana hunter legally harvested a wolf. That, in and of itself, is not so newsworthy but where it happened certainly is. It took place only one mile outside of Glasgow, Montana, which is literally hundreds of miles away from where documented wolf packs roam the state. The closest established wolf packs are thought to be in Yellowstone Park, western Montana, northwest Montana or Canada. “As I understand it he had permission and was out hunting …

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Oklahoma Elk Hunt Gets Green Light, Despite Government Shutdown

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UPDATE (1/14/2019): The partial government shutdown continues but the annual elk hunt will go on as scheduled at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. According to KSWO-TV, the refuge will use appropriated funds and be open the next 30 days. — Unless something changes soon, more than 100 hunters will have to change their plans to chase elk in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. According to KSWO-TV, the longer the government shutdown continues, the …

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Officials Look to Reduce Wildlife Collisions in North Carolina Elk Country

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Officials in North Carolina are seeking ways to reduce the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions along several different wildlife corridors. Among them are I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge and along U.S. Highway 19 between Maggie Valley and Cherokee, areas that are home to the region’s elk herd. Of course, crossing such busy and high-speed roadways is dangerous and sometimes deadly for both wildlife and drivers. According to the Citizen Times, there were more than 61,000 …

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Woman Brags on Dating App about Poached Deer, Man on Other End Was a Game Warden

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Hey Hey there How are you? No complaints, how about you? Oh, I’m great…just shot a bigo buck. Pretty happy about it. Hell yeah, get em with a bow? Well we don’t need to talk about that. Haha spotlight? Yeahhhh Nice where at My ranch in _______ That’s how the conversation went on the dating app Bumble. The thing is, the woman who initiated the conversation and bragged about poaching a deer in Oklahoma did …

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Biologist: Elk Doing Well on Washington’s Southern Olympic Peninsula

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Ongoing research on Washington’s southern Olympic Peninsula shows Roosevelt elk are doing well. Researchers with the Skokomish Tribe use radio collars to monitor eight different herds. “Most herds have been pretty consistent in size,” Bethany Ackerman, Skokomish Valley wildlife management biologist, told Northwest Treaty Tribes. “The Skokomish Valley herd has grown a lot in the last 10 years. They’ve made a habit of spending most of their time on private agricultural land where they don’t …

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Wyoming Game and Fish Prepares for CWD at Elk Feedgrounds

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) remains concerned about chronic wasting disease and how it may affect the future of Wyoming’s deer, elk and moose, and is moving forward with efforts to manage the disease. CWD is fatal for those big game species and recent research in Wyoming shows CWD is likely affecting some deer populations in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. WGFD conducted surveillance for CWD throughout Wyoming for more …

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Environmental Groups Leave Oregon Wolf Plan Discussions

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After months of discussion aimed at establishing an updated wolf management plan in Oregon, several environmental groups say they’re leaving the process. They claim state wildlife officials want to make it easier for residents to kill wolves in order to protect their livestock. “There’s a huge cost. There’s a toll there,” Rodger Huffman, rancher and Oregon Cattlemen’s Association representative, told the Associated Press. “I don’t think anybody can expect to get everything you want, and …

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What Hunters Need to Know about CWD

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Three letters that hunters are hearing a lot about and should pay especially close attention to are C-W-D, which is short for chronic wasting disease. It is a complex issue. Outdoor Life recently posted an article about the four things hunters need to know about CWD. They are as follows: CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected …

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So a Moose Wanders into a Hospital…

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It’s a common sight across Alaska. After all, there are an estimated 175,000 moose in the Last Frontier state. But a moose wandering into a hospital is a little uncommon, even in Alaska. An employee at the Alaska Regional Hospital campus caught the encounter on video. The cow walked in the front door and helped itself to some of the greenery. “It was amazing to see up close,” Stephanie Marie Hupton, told KTVA-TV. “I’ve lived …