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Bull Elk Poached in Oklahoma

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There is a reward available leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for poaching a bull elk at Fort Sill, a U.S. Army post covering almost 94,000 acres 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. If you have any information, contact the Fort Sill game warden hotline at 580-442-6050. Fort Sill allows archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunting for elk and deer. (Photo Source: Mark Allen Conklin Sr.)

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Authorities Seek Elk Poacher in Western Washington

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Below is a Facebook post from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police are investigating an alleged poaching of a mature bull elk on private property in the Eatonville area of Pierce County, approximately 60 miles south of Seattle. “The hind-quarters, front shoulder and head of the elk had been taken,” Officer Prater said. “It is believed to have been shot during the day between the …

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Public Access Expanded in Southwest Montana

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The largest wildlife management area in Montana is now 160 acres larger thanks to a joint effort by a conservation-minded landowner, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “We appreciate Edna Schmeller, a RMEF life member and long-time supporter of our mission, for bringing this conservation project to our attention.” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “This land has been in her family for nearly three decades. Now …

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Help Authorities Find Idaho Elk Poacher

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Game wardens in north Idaho need your help finding the person(s) responsible for poaching a bull elk and leaving it to rot. A landowner near Orofino heard a shot late at night on October 1, 2019, and discovered the wounded animal in a field the following morning. A Clearwater County deputy put the animal down. Conservation officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game determined someone illegally shot the elk with a rifle in …

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Father, Son Take First Ever Archery Bull Elk 160 Yards Apart

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A father-son archery elk hunting duo has a real life experience they will always cherish. Neither Wayne nor Eric Schmautz had ever taken an elk with their bows so, after obtaining a couple of Montana tags, they left their North Dakota homes and made the trek west. Eric called in a bull and Wayne shot it. They waited before tracking it when they heard another bugle. As they worked their way down a ridge, Eric …

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Authorities Search for Missing Elk Hunter

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Search and rescue teams are scouring the terrain in southwest South Dakota seeking a missing hunter. Authorities say Larry Genzlinger and his nephew separated (on 10/1/2019) near Deerfield Lake in the Black Hills National Forest but did not show up at their rendezvous spot. Rain and fog initially complicated the search and did not allow aerial teams to participate but a helicopter joined the effort a few days later. Horseback riders and K9 teams are …

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Watch: Elk Thriving in Parts of Colorado

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There was a time when elk were nearly extinct in North America. Thanks to forward-thinking conservationists, and backed by funding generated by hunters, there are now more than one million elk. Wildlife officials in Colorado relocated 50 elk from Wyoming in 1916. Today, there are more than 280,000 animals in the Centennial State. Populations are generally strong although numbers are ailing in southwest Colorado due to low calf recruitment. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also …

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Washington Authorizes Removal of More Problem Wolves

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For the third time in less than two months, the director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife authorized lethal action of a wolf pack repeatedly preying on livestock. Kelly Susewind gave approval for the incremental removal of wolves from the Grouse Flat pack after two depredations in the last 30 days and four over the last 10 months. He reauthorized lethal action for the Togo wolf pack in August and for the Old …

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Virginia Fires Up Live ‘Elk Cam’

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Tis the season. You can once again view live elk in Virginia from your phone, computer or other device. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries activated its live elk cam as it does every year from mid-August through November in Buchanan County. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding and volunteer manpower to assist with the successful introduction of elk onto their historic Virginia range from 2012 to 2014. Check out the live …

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Washington Releases 2019-20 Hunting Prospects

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September marks the start of hunting seasons for deer, elk, waterfowl, and upland game birds in many areas of the state of Washington. To help hunters have a successful hunting season, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) released its annual Hunting Prospects, which provide guidance and hunting information for each district. “The department’s district wildlife biologists compiled these popular reports to serve as a resource for hunters,” said Anis Aoude, WDFW game division …

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Wyoming’s WildLIVE Web Camera Connect Viewers with the Outdoors

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department debuted the first in a series of wildlife web cameras so people can connect to the Wyoming outdoors from anywhere. Called, WildLIVE, the cameras will stream live on the Game and Fish website and give viewers an up-close look at the lives of wildlife. “In a survey released in 2018, only 37% of people in Wyoming reported they had gone wildlife viewing in the last year, but 87% said …

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Pennsylvania Seeks Hunter Input on CWD Response Plan

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) released a draft of its new Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan, and wants to know what you think about it. When adopted, it will guide the agency’s management of CWD, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects. “Hunters are essential to CWD management,” said Bryan Burhans, PGC executive director. “Without the effort they put in hunting and harvesting deer, and submitting samples from the deer they …

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New Elk Damage Hunt Part of 2020 Oregon Big Game Regulations

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Oregon’s newly approved 2020 big game regulations will include a new general season antlerless elk damage tag to be used in parts of the state with high elk damage. It will replace 19 controlled hunts and assist landowners suffering from elk-related crop depredation. Hunters would still need permission to hunt on private land to use the tag and it would be their only elk hunting opportunity. Additionally in 2020, the western Oregon deer bag limit …

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Help Find Wisconsin Elk Poacher

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and some other organizations are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for poaching a bull elk in northern Wisconsin. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department reports someone illegally shot and killed the elk on the morning of September 14, 2019, just off of State Highway 77 and Forest Road 174. “If you were passing through this area between the hours of 5:00 A.M. …

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Oregon Wetland Conserved Thanks to BLM, RMEF, Others

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Below is a Facebook post from BLM Oregon & Washington. A natural wetland in southeast Oregon was likely saved from extinction thanks to four years of collaboration and some human-made beaver dams. In the Oregon high desert, about seven miles northeast of the town of Crane, Alder Creek bubbles to the surface surrounded by sagebrush and juniper trees. The creek and wetland create an actual oasis in one of the driest and most remote sections …