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Montana Collects More Positive Chronic Wasting Disease Samples

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Below is a news release issued by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on December 9, 2019. Samples from 25 deer harvested around the state tested positive for chronic wasting disease last week. The majority of the new positive samples were from animals harvested within CWD Management Zones, where the disease is known to exist. Two of the positive samples were from areas where the disease had not been previously detected. These include a mule deer …

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Judge: Wildlife Officials Must Review Grizzlies in Lower 48

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Acting on orders from a U.S. district judge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the status of grizzly bears across the Lower 48 states. Environmental advocates want to place grizzlies into 12 states. The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group based in Arizona well known for filing lawsuits as a way to generate funding, previously filed suit against the federal government citing what it deems as 110,000 square miles of potential grizzly …

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Idaho Takes to Sky to Monitor Elk, Deer Populations

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Beginning now in December (2019), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) staff will use low-flying helicopters to count deer and elk populations. Flights will take place across the state including the Upper Snake Region into March. “These surveys provide crucial information to guide our management decisions,” says Curtis Hendricks, IDFG wildlife manager. “Flying is not without risk, but it is how we provide accurate information to hunters about the health and distribution of our …

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Minnesota to Update Wolf Management Plan

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) plans to update the state’s wolf management plan and wants to know what you think about it. “It’s critical to have all voices about wolves at the table,” said Dan Stark, the DNR’s wolf management specialist. “With the public’s input, we can effectively evaluate how the wolf management plan is working and identify what may need to be improved.” As part of the process, the DNR plans to …

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For Some, Elk Hunting is Like a Religion

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Below is an article written by Bruce Auchly, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks information and education manager for Region 4. Bless me father for I have sinned. My last elk hunt was several years ago. In Montana, elk hunting is akin to religion. You don’t have to be a true believer, but a day spent chasing elk, following tracks in the snow, or even sitting in the woods and watching the natural world unfold can …

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Watch: Non-Hunter Takes Up Hunting

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“Hunting has never been a part of my life. I have never desired to take down a bull elk with a gun or even whack a trout on the head. Yet, somehow, I found myself in a hunter education class, enjoying the lessons and learning more than I ever expected. If I’m clearly not a hunter, why on earth did I sign up for hunter-ed?” Those are the words of Crystal Egli, a videographer with …

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104-Year-Old Grandma Takes Whitetail Buck

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You don’t need to take a hunter education course in Wisconsin if you’re born before 1973. Florence Teeters has that date beat by 58 years! The 104-year-old Wisconsin woman recently bagged a young whitetail buck while hunting with her youngest son, Bill. “I took mom out to the blind this year,” Bill told WMTV. “I had a nice chair for her and it was nice and warm. A little after 4 p.m., a buck shows …

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Cow Elk, Calf Drown in Montana Reservoir

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Wildlife rescue attempts do not always have happy endings. Unfortunately, despite a valiant effort, that is what happened in central Montana. A cow elk and a calf fell through the ice on Lake Sutherlin, approximately 75 miles east of Helena. With the help of the local sheriff, a biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks gathered some equipment and made his way toward the animals. He tried to lasso the two with a rope but …

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Bull Elk Poached in Montana, Help Find Culprits

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are investigating the poaching of a bull elk that someone shot and killed south of Columbia Falls between Montana Highway 206 and the Flathead River. The animal turned up dead in a field northwest of Sullivan Crossroad and Middle Road. Authorities believe it happened the night of November 18 or the morning of November 19. If you have any information, call (406) 210-0569 or 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). (Photo source: …

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Help Shape Arizona’s Elk Hunting Future

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) recently published its recommendations for the 2020 and 2021 elk, pronghorn and fall turkey and population management hunts, and wants to know what you think. The recommendations spell out dates, areas, species, sex of species and number of suggested permits. AFGD comes to that determination by using science-based methods to assure wildlife is managed within the biological limits of each species. It also develops management strategies that consider …

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Idaho 2020 Nonresident Elk, Deer Tags Go on Sale Dec. 1

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If you don’t live in Idaho but want to hunt there in 2020, the application period opens on Dec. 1. That applies to both elk and deer tags except for Sawtooth Zone elk tags, which go on sale May 11. Pioneer Zone elk B tags and Big Desert Zone elk B tags will also be available to nonresident hunters on Dec. 1. Nonresident deer and elk tags sold out in recent years by mid-September, and …

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Michigan Seeks Help Solving Second Elk Poaching Within a Week

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in Gaylord are seeking information regarding a bull elk poached this week in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta. That marks the second elk illegally killed within days in northern Michigan. Conservation officers found the bull elk near Teets Trail, west of Voyer Lake Road. They say someone killed it with a single gunshot and they believe a hunter mistook it for a deer. “The great news is that …

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Utah’s Elk Festival Set for Dec. 7

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Below is a news release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Another chance to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the middle of hundreds of wild elk is almost here. To celebrate the start of another elk-viewing season, staff at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area will hold the annual Elk Festival on Dec. 7. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Except for a fee to ride through the elk …

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Hunters Played Role in First Thanksgiving Turkey Meal, Restored Populations Since

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It happened in the fall of 1621. Pilgrims, including 50 who were on the Mayflower, gathered with 90 Native Americans at Plymouth (in modern-day Massachusetts) to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Among other things, hunters went into the woods and killed wild turkey, deer and waterfowl. That harvest celebration later evolved into what we now call Thanksgiving. Wild turkeys remained a food staple in the Thirteen Colonies for decades but were eventually extirpated …

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Bull Elk Poached in Central Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens need your help trying to find the person(s) responsible for illegally shooting a mature bull elk shot in rural central Montana. It happened on Nov. 8 (2019) in Fergus County between Lewistown and Grass Range and it was left to waste. More specifically, the poaching took place near Surenuff and Flatwillow Roads on private property in the Little Snowy Mountains. The perpetrator(s) also removed the elk’s head. If you …