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RMEF Supports ESA Modifications

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports efforts to streamline and improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA) recently announced by the U.S. Department of Interior. “The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal—recovery of our rarest species. The Act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “An effectively administered Act ensures more resources can go …

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New Research Focuses on Elk Movement

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A study funded partly by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation indicates the mountain pine beetle infestation in the Elkhorn Mountains of southwest Montana had some impact on the elk. The study headed up by Kelly Proffitt, a wildlife researcher with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, monitored 60 elk (35 cows, 25 bulls) wearing radio collars. It shows the elk that used public lands during the archery and rifle hunting seasons selected security areas with a …

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Alaska Nixes Wolf Buffer Zone

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game rejected a request to stop the hunting and trapping of wolves near Denali National Park. According to a report in the Anchorage Daily News, there are approximately 70 wolves in the park which is in line with overall objective numbers. Biologists maintain the population is stable but the possibility of seeing wolves is down from past years due to “natural factors, kills by others wolves, and hunting and …

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The Newest Addition to the Enduron Family of Powders

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Introduced in 2018, IMR Enduron 8133 has the slowest burn rate in the Enduron family. This is a true magnum propellant yielding outstanding performance in 6.5-300 Weatherby, 264 Win Mag, 28 Nosler and 300 Rem Ultra Mag, among other cartridges. Loading density is perfect for magnums, nicely filling the case at maximum charges, contributing to superb uniformity and accuracy. Handloaders will find its burn rate closely resembles Hodgdon Retumbo but charge weights are materially different; IMR …

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Wild Elk Tenderloin Skewers

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John Dudley, Traeger Pro and avid hunter, Traegers his wild elk skewers for his family all year round. Make this tangy smoked elk recipe your new family favorite. Preparation Cut the elk loin into even 2” thick chunks. Drizzle meat lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and let sit in a large bowl. Then, chop the zucchini and yellow squash into 3/4” thick coins. Next, cut the end off some small sweet peppers and …

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4,486 Acres of Wildlife, Riparian Habitat Permanently Protected, Opened to Public Access in Washington

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Working closely with Forterra and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently finalized the purchase of 4,486 acres of land near Yakima in the foothills of the eastern Cascades. WDFW will manage the new property as an addition to the Cowiche Unit of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. The site serves as key habitat and a migration corridor for an astonishing array of species, including …

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South Dakota Unveils Rules to Combat CWD

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In an effort to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and hunting units within South Dakota’s known endemic areas where CWD is confirmed. If enacted, these newly proposed regulations would not go into effect until the 2020 hunting seasons.   The Commission made the following proposed rule changes to help reduce the …

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Oregon Ban on Elk/Deer Urine Begins in 2020

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The 2019 Oregon State Legislature passed a bill that bans the possession and use of deer and elk urine scent lures that contain or are derived from any cervid urine beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Rep. Witt (D-Clatskanie) and Rep. Brock Smith (R-Port Orford) sponsored HB 2294 which is meant to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) to the state’s deer, elk and moose populations.   Deer urine scent lures are used by some hunters. …

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New Mexico Roadblocks to Collect Data, Detect Violations

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The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish set up roadblocks throughout the state during hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.   Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.  At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act. …

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Looking Forward to Utah’s 2019 Elk, Deer Hunt

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According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), there are an estimated 80,000 elk currently in Utah. The DWR management plan involves managing for just over 79,000 elk so “we are at our objective for elk statewide,” said Covy Jones, DWR big game coordinator.  “The total population number has stayed the same for the last couple years, and we are maintaining that number. There are a lot of elk out there,” added Jones.  DWR biologists estimate …

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Learn More about CWD

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other organizations, is extremely concerned with chronic wasting disease (CWD) and how it is spread across the landscape. In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and state fish and wildlife agencies, the USGS recently released a new CWD fact sheet.  Among other things, it includes an overview, maps out its spread and highlights research aimed at learning more about the disease.  …

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Washington Court Denies Request to Prevent Removal of Problem Wolves

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A King County Superior Court Commissioner denied a motion from an out-of-state environmental group for a temporary injunction that would have prohibited the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) from lethally removing wolves from the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack in Ferry County. As a result, the department can remove wolves from the OPT pack as authorized July 31 by WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. Although it is not currently named as a petitioner, the …

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Montana Hunters Asked to Assist with CWD Hunt

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Following the guidelines of Montana’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Plan, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) scheduled a special CWD hunt in the Libby area this fall. FWP will sell 600 white-tailed deer antlerless B licenses that can only be used in the Libby CWD Management Zone, which includes portions of Hunting Districts 100, 103, and 104. The hunt will occur at the same time as the archery and general hunting season and follow …

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Grizzly Bears Officially ‘Relisted’

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Grizzly bears in the Lower 48 are again formally classified as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. That became official after the federal government published the final rule in the Federal Register. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation disagreed with the original judge’s ruling in favor of environmental groups who have filed litigation each time scientists deemed the population as recovered. “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and state wildlife agencies in maintaining …

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Comment Sought on North Rainier Elk Herd Plan

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) opened a public comment period Aug. 1, 2019, on a draft plan for future management of the North Rainier elk herd. The North Rainier elk herd’s range encompasses portions of Pierce, King, Snohomish and Kittitas counties. This herd is an important resource that provides significant recreational, subsistence, cultural, aesthetic and economic benefits to Washington citizens. “We’ve seen a healthy increase in this population since 2002,”said Larry Phillips, …