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Elk Numbers Dwindling in West-Central Colorado

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Colorado has the largest elk population in the United States but the population in Eagle County, located in the west-central part of the state, is shrinking. “The numbers we have counted have dropped some 50 (percent) to 60 percent in the last 10 years,” Craig Wescoatt, wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), told Vail Daily. “We are not seeing the animals migrate to another area or permanently move somewhere else. They are just …

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Application Period Open for Idaho Grizzly Hunt

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will accept controlled hunt applications for a 2018 grizzly bear tag June 15 through July 15. The drawing is limited to Idaho residents with a valid Idaho hunting license. The drawing is expected to occur in early August. The successful applicant will pick up the tag at the Idaho Falls Regional Office. Fish and Game staff will give the hunter training and information about grizzly bear identification before …

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Researchers Seek Size of Gros Ventre Elk Herd

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Researchers are trying to get a handle on how many elk are using key migration routes in western Wyoming. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the majority of the herd poured out of the Gros Venture valley this past winter for the first time on record. Yet, researchers documented nearly 2,000 elk that still passed through a key migration corridor. “It’s good to see that, yes, the elk are coming back,” Aly Courtemanch, …

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Improvised First Aid

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Do What You Can with What You Have It’s wise to carry first-aid supplies in your hunting pack, and I strongly advise that you do. But let’s face it, sometimes we don’t. Or we wind up needing something we didn’t  carry. The reality is that injuries do happen, and you’re fortunate if you have hunting partners to help you cope. But to be best prepared, you should be in the mind-set of “self-aid” when considering …

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Four Wisconsinites Drawn for Inaugural Elk Hunt, RMEF to Unveil Fifth

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Four residents of Wisconsin beat the odds and had their names drawn from among 38,000-plus entries for the state’s first-ever managed elk hunt to take place in 2018. “This is an historic time for the department and I would like to sincerely thank all those who applied for an elk license,” said Kevin Wallenfang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer and elk ecologist. “It was a privilege to call all the winners and personally congratulate …

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SUV Kills Cow Elk, Motorists Deliver Calf

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An SUV struck and killed a pregnant cow elk as it tried to cross a highway near Flagstaff, Arizona. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they found two motorists who took action. The man and woman saw that the elk delivered a calf before it died so they used a blanket and towel to dry it off. The calf suffered minor trauma but did try to stand on its own. At last word, the …

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RMEF Partner Recognized for Conservation Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works with a wide range of partners to carry out its conservation mission all across elk country. Below is a news release from PacifiCorp that highlights a 2017 PacifiCorp-RMEF collaborative project. PacifiCorp Wins National Award for Land Conservation June 12, 2018 PORTLAND, Ore. — PacifiCorp has won a 2018 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Recreational, Environmental, & Historical Enhancement Award for its efforts in land preservation and environmental stewardship …

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Oregon Teen Pleads Guilty to Long List of Poaching Charges

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An 18-year-old in Pendleton, Oregon, plead guilty to a lengthy list of misdemeanor charges related to the illegal taking of wildlife on private and public lands within Umatilla County. Joseph Reide St. Pierre received a 30-day jail sentence as well as $50,000 restitution, five years’ probation and a lifetime hunting suspension. The judge also ordered him to pay a $500 compensatory fine to benefit a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation youth day event. Here is the …

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June 15 Deadline to Apply for Minnesota Elk Hunt

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering 22 once-in-a-lifetime elk hunting licenses in 2018 but the deadline to apply is June 15. “A number of antlerless-only elk licenses are being offered this year for the Kittson-Central herd to reduce that population,” said Erik Thorson, DNR acting big game program leader, told the Minnesota Ag Connection. “Our latest survey counted 75 elk in this herd, which is above the population goal of 50 to …

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Bull Elk Antlers Grow Quickly

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It does not take very long for bull elk to grow antlers. Below are the words of Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. Bull elk antlers start growing in early April and are typically fully grown by mid-August. As of today (6/5), the antler growing season is almost halfway through. Most bulls have clearly developed brow tines (the first two tines just up from the top of the head) as well as a third …

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Biologists Monitor Some Elk From Day-One

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Biologists briefly capture some elk calves almost immediately after birth in order to monitor them to learn more about them and the herd.Below are the words of Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. Elk calves are typically born during the first two weeks of June. Each year Game Commission staff captures and examines a small sample of calves to ensure that they are healthy and that the population is reproducing as expected. Each calf …

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Elk Hunting Licenses Available in South Dakota

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There are 21 archery licenses and more than 300 firearms licenses remaining for the 2018 Black Hills elk hunting season in South Dakota. Hunters who have drawn a first choice elk license in the last nine years are eligible to apply for these licenses as well. These applications are online only and applicants can choose to use their preference points if they wish. The deadline for the second draw is June 20th at 8 A.M. …

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Owner Cited after Dog Attacks Elk Calf

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A dog, off-leash on a trail near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where leashes are required, attacked an elk calf. The dog’s owner received a $200 citation for harassment of wildlife. “We consistently enforce our statutes and regulations,” Kris Middledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager, told the Steamboat Pilot & Today. “Dogs harassing wildlife and potentially harming wildlife is something we take seriously.” The incident happened just beyond the trailhead. Wildlife officials say it did …

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Wildlife Law Enforcement Kept Busy in Wyoming

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Wyoming wildlife game wardens doled out almost 4,300 enforcement actions in 2018 including 122 specifically for the waste of abandonment of elk and other big game. Those actions are spelled out in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s (WGFD) 2017 Law Enforcement Report. “Game and Fish places a high-priority on wildlife law enforcement to meet the public’s expectations to conserve wildlife and enforce boating laws. We invest significant manpower and resources protecting our exceptional wildlife …