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Researcher: Humic Acid May Break Down CWD

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A new study indicates an acid that develops in humus soil, the material when plant and animal matter decays, breaks down prions that cause chronic wasting disease. A Canadian researcher took commercially-produced humic acid and applied it to an infected elk brain. According to Science News, “in tissue samples with higher concentrations of humic acid, chemical signatures left by the infectious prions decreased by as much as 95 percent, signaling that the prions had likely …

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Search On for Vancouver Island Poacher

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Authorities on Vancouver Island are asking for tips in finding the person(s) responsible for poaching a bull elk with a crossbow. It happened on Highway 18 just west of Skutz Falls. “It was just left there,” Robin Sano, conservation officer, told the Cowichan Gazette. “This has become an almost weekly occurrence. We expect the elk was shot at night because there is less traffic on the highway.” Poachers shot and killed other elk including four …

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Elk Poached in North-Central Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking if anyone knows anything about who poached a cow elk in north-central Montana. It happened on private land west of Pishkun Reservoir about 75 miles west of Great Falls. According to the Choteau Acantha, the perpetrator first trespassed on the ranch, killed the elk and left it to waste. If you have any information, call 406-836-7217. (Photo image: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

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The Utah Freedom Hunt—A Veteran’s Day to Remember

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For the fourth year, the Utah Freedom Hunt took five wounded warrior veterans on elk hunts. The Utah Freedom Hunt is a non-profit organization whose mission is to give wounded vets outdoor hunting and fishing outdoor experiences. Utah chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are the largest donor, giving a $6,000 state grant. The 2018 Utah Freedom Hunt received a major donation from R & K Hunting which donated guides and its beautiful Queen’s …

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Pennsylvania Hunters Take 99 Elk in 2018 Hunt

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Ninety-nine hunters harvested an elk during the 2018 Pennyslvania elk hunt. Thirty-nine elk – nine bulls and 30 cows – were taken on the opening day of the elk season Nov. 5. “Overall, the 2018 elk season was fairly typical with a slightly lower success rate for antlerless elk hunters,” said Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. “Normally we’d like at least a 50 percent success rate in each zone, where this year several …

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Work Continues to Conserve Wildlife Winter Range, Migration Corridors

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State agencies are working to implement goals set forth by the Department of Interior to conserve migration corridors and winter range across 11 western states used by elk, mule deer and other wildlife species. Each state outlined priorities which resulted in an action plan that identifies the highest priority winter ranges, migration corridors and stopover areas for wildlife. Congress approved the action that includes funding for research and habitat stewardship work. “Healthy and protected migration …

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General Elk Hunt to Continue in Sawtooth Elk Zone

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to continue a general hunt with capped tags for the Sawtooth Elk Zone in 2019, which typically sells out in minutes due to its popularity with hunters. Commissioners may adjust the number of tags available in the zone when it sets its seasons and rules in March. Those tags will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the same dates and times as in 2018. Commissioners had …

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See Wild Elk in Utah

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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 ranch’s annual Elk Festival on Dec. 8. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As of Nov. 20, elk hadn’t entered the meadow through which the sleighs or wagons are pulled, but Hardware Ranch WMA …

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Two Bull Elk Poached in Michigan

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Michigan conservation officers in the northern Lower Peninsula are investigating the illegal killing of two bull elk, north of Atlanta. The carcasses of the two animals were discovered Saturday off Montmorency County Road 622, near Roth Road. The location is about 7 miles north of Atlanta, just south of Clear Lake State Park. “Both elk were shot, likely sometime around Nov. 15,” said Lt. James Gorno, a district law supervisor with the Michigan Department of …

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RMEF Member Tags Wisconsin Bull Elk

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Dan Vandertie is a dairy farmer in Wisconsin. He’s also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter-based conservation organization that seeks to ensure the future of elk and advocates for ethical hunting. Vandertie stands as such an example. Vandertie and his daughter both put in for Wisconsin’s first-ever managed elk hunt. The odds of being drawn for just one of four tags were astronomically high. How high? About one in 9,500. But …

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Missouri Thanks Hunters for Help with CWD Sampling

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory two-day CWD sampling efforts in 31 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples from harvested deer for CWD testing. According to MDC, mandatory sampling dramatically increases the number of tissue samples the Conservation Department can collect in a brief period of time. The increased number of samples gives MDC scientists a much better …

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Two Elk Hunters Die in Montana

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The situations and locations were different yet both were tragic. Two men died while hunting elk in different parts of Montana. Michael Drexler of Billings died when the rifle of one of his hunting partners accidently discharged, killing him in the southwest part of the state. “One hundred percent positive this was an accidental shooting,” Phil Fortner, Madison County Sheriff, told the Billings Gazette. In western Montana, a 67-year-old man from Missoula collapsed and died …

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Caribou in Montana?

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional staff received reports of a rare sight in northwest Montana. Residents recently documented sightings of woodland caribou near the U.S.-Canada border. The multiple sightings include the potential for a bull and a cow in separate locations. Caribou, members of the deer family, are native to northwest Montana but have almost completely disappeared from the contiguous United States over the last half century. Woodland caribou herds once stretched from central …

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Hunters Use Mountain Bikes to Pack Out Bull Elk

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Pack it out on your back. Drag it out. Bring it out with a horse. Place it on an ATV. There are a number of different ways to bring an elk out of the mountains but what about by using a mountain bike? That’s what hunting buddies Jimmy Smith and Kelly Rooney did on a hunt in northwest Montana. “We’d found this spot about six years ago and Kelly texted me what I thought about …

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Elk Poached in Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking information on two elk that were poached early last week (November 7, 2018) approximately seven miles west of Drummond along the frontage road. FWP game warden, Brad Balis, said the poaching occurred sometime between the afternoon of Sunday, November 4 and the morning of Nov. 5. The violator(s) went through a closed gate onto private property and then drove across a hayfield where the elk were field …