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Researchers Seeks Info about Elk in Northern California

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Do you live in northern California or hunt there? Are you familiar with elk activity in the Plumas National Forest? If so, you’re in need. “I’m creating a monitoring plan to identify important elk calving areas and habitat on the Plumas National Forest as part of my graduate work at Oregon State University (OSU). I’m hoping to get photographs and locations of elk collected by members of the public that will help us better understand …

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What Motivates Poachers?

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Poaching is ugly. It is the intentional killing of wildlife by those who disregard rules and regulations. Unfortunately, it also reflects poorly on hunters who purchase mandatory licenses and fees, and care about wildlife and wild landscapes. Those unfamiliar with the practice of regulated hunting may confuse poaching with hunting. A professor in Montana spent years looking into the practice. More specifically, he wanted to know why poachers poach. “As for the poachers themselves, what …

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New Hunters Focus on Acquiring Organic Nutrition

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It was an emotional moment. Novice hunter Chrystal Egli shot her first deer at the age of 35. “I put my hands on her and talked to her,” Egli told Pew Charitable Trusts. “I told her she’s beautiful and she’s going to feed my family, and she was going to be the first meat that my daughter eats.” Egli views hunting as an ideal way to procure grass-fed, organic, protein-filled meat. And she is not …

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Take Precautions of Deer in the Rut

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Below is a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Mule deer are entering their mating season – known as ‘the rut’ – and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone to be careful around deer and especially bucks which can act aggressively at this time of year. Colorado residents are also asked to remove items from their yards in which deer can be entangled. Items include, but not limited to: hammocks, game nets, swings, lawn …

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New Hunters Take to the Field in Wyoming

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Below is a news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. With the help of a local landowner, Wyoming Outdoorsmen, First Hunt Foundation and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 10 first-time hunters recently took to the field in pursuit of white-tailed deer. The September deer hunt was the culminating event for participants of this year’s First Hunt program.  “The First Hunt program provides first-time hunters an opportunity to hunt with an experienced mentor,” …

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Elk Poacher(s) Sought in South Dakota

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Authorities with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are seeking information regarding the poaching of two bull elk on approximately 10/26/2019-10/28/2019. Someone shot the bulls five miles north of Highway 16 on Boles Canyon Road in Custer County in the southeast corner of the state. It appears both elk were shot from the road. If you have any information regarding this incident, call 1-888-0VERBAG or (605) 381-9995. A caller that provides information leading to an …

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Wyoming Commits $2.5 Million to Wildlife Underpasses

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Below is a news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Two state agencies have committed a combined $2.5 million toward installing wildlife underpasses along US 189 in southwest Wyoming to help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve safety. The Wyoming Transportation Commission recently approved a $1.25 million match of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s $1.25 million contribution, which will be used toward the Dry Piney wildlife crossing project north of La Barge. “We …

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Elk Watchers Drawn to West Virginia

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The word is definitely getting out about wild, free-ranging elk being back in West Virginia. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources offered nearly two dozen “elk management tours” from mid-September to mid-October and sold out all of them. “In all, we had 227 people go out with us on 20 tours,” Lauren Cole, Chief Logan State Park naturalist and tour leader, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “Most of them were from West Virginia, but we …

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Wisconsin Woman Makes Elk Hunting History

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Lydia Pernsteiner is just like any other hunter. Well, that’s close but not exactly. She did grow up hunting deer with her mother, father and siblings. Now she hunts with other people including her husband, who just happens to be a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Pernsteiner recently made history when she became the first woman to harvest an elk in Wisconsin. She had her name drawn for the state’s second-ever managed elk …

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Elk Hunter Found Dead in Idaho

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Authorities in southeast Idaho say a 79-year-old man from Oakley died after successfully harvesting an elk. Paul Schiffman did not return home after on October 31, 2019, north of Soda Springs. A search team used cell phone records to determine his approximate location and found him the following morning. The Carbon County Sheriff’s Department said it appeared Schiffman harvested an elk and was beginning to field dress it when he suffered some sort of medical …

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Important Safety Reminders for Hunting Season

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Below is a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It contains some good reminders for hunters of all experience levels. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recreational safety specialists and the state’s 4,100 volunteer hunter education instructors urge all hunters to keep your safety and the safety of those around you in mind at all times this fall. Hunters following the four firearm safety rules have resulted in a 94 percent reduction in …

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YETI Becomes Official Cooler, Drinkware and Cargo of RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce that YETI is now its official drinkware, cooler and cargo partner. “It is difficult to quantify the depth of YETI’s support for RMEF’s mission over the past 10 years.  We truly appreciate them as a valued partner with a strong commitment to hunting and conservation,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “In fact, over the last decade YETI’s direct contributions, combined with product …

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Reward Offered in Poaching of Bull Elk in Southeast Montana

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Below is a news release from Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about a large, mature bull elk that was shot illegally Sunday night (10/27/2019) along Sarpy Basin Road east of Hardin and left to waste. FWP game warden Matt Ladd said remains of the elk were left on private property along the county road. The head had been removed, …

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Oklahoma Teenager Takes Giant Whitetail

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An 18-year-old Oklahoma State University freshman recently rushed home from his after-school job, grabbed his bow and headed to a treestand on the family property, where trail cameras previously captured evidence of a nice whitetail buck for at least a couple of years. “I wasn’t going to go, but my friends said, ‘You know he’s going to be out there when you’re not there’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s it, I’m going,’ ” Womack told …

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Bull Elk Poached in Southern Utah

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Authorities need your help finding who poached a bull elk in south-central Utah. They say it happened sometime between October 19 (2019) and October 22 near mile marker 50 on Highway 12, about nine miles west of Escalante. The perpetrator shot the animal and left the meat to waste. It took place on the Plateau, Boulder/Kaiparowits limited-entry bull elk hunting unit, but there were no active bull elk hunts when this bull was killed. If …