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Wildlife Would Benefit from Senate Bill

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It should be safer for elk and other wildlife to cross busy highways. That is, if Congress lends a helping hand. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee did its part. It unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Infrastructure Act (S. 2302) which designates substantial funding and direction for state and federal agencies to address wildlife crossings and strategies to reduce vehicle-wildlife collisions. The bill creates a wildlife crossings pilot program with $250 million in grants …

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Wyoming Approves Funding for Wildlife Underpasses

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Wildlife seeking to cross one of Wyoming’s most dangerous highways is about to get some help.   The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved $1.25 million dollars to build two wildlife underpasses on Highway 189.  “It has some of the highest wildlife vehicle collisions in the state. There’s an average of 117 collisions per year,” Sara DiRienzo, spokesperson for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), told Wyoming Public Media. “There are a lot of deer who use this area, …

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Family Copes with Wolves that Decimate Sheep Flock

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Below is a portion of an Ag Daily article about a ranching family in Wisconsin dealing with wolf predation. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that wolves should be delisted and managed by state agencies.  On July 8, my father-in-law walked down to the sheep pasture to check on the flock, the same way he has for over 20 years. It was a beautiful summer morning, feeling much cooler after a spell of heat and humidity had just ended, but …

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Deadline Approaches for Tennessee Elk Hunt Raffle

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An elk tag for the 2019 Tennessee elk hunt will be available again this year through a raffle to be held by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF). A single ticket is $20, three tickets cost $50, and 10 may be purchased for $100 and are on sale now until August 2. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets that can be purchased.   The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to participate in the …

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Colorado Opens Door to Hunting on Additional State Lands

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The Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Commission unanimously approved a multi-year expansion of the Public Access Program that will include up to 100,000 acres added to the program by the fall 2019 hunting season. The Public Access Program provides limited, seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities on Colorado trust land across the state.   “I congratulate the Parks and Wildlife Commission and the State Land Board for expanding access to Colorado state lands,” said Dan Gibbs, Department of Natural Resources executive director. …

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Colorado Hosts Hunting Clinics

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a series of clinics to sharpen your skills and gain confidence in the field for the upcoming hunting season.   Big Game Hunting Skills Clinic – Saturday, July 20 – Conifer, CO –  This event targets the new adult big game hunter with a series of topics to improve skills and knowledge while avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls. Building on the information covered in traditional hunter education classes, this clinic will move new …

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Arizona Hosts Annual Elk Viewing Workshop

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Ever wonder what it would be like to see hundreds of elk in one place at one time? That opportunity is possible during the elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from Mormon Lake Lodge. Workshop presentations are scheduled for the morning on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The workshop includes a presentation and a field trip to watch elk on Mormon Lake. “This is always a popular event, people …

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Idaho Deploys 800+ Trail Cams to Capture Wolf Population

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For the first time since 2015, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) aims to produce an estimate of the total number of wolves in Idaho. To do so, staffers deployed more than 800 game cameras in a high-density grid throughout the state, which will take millions of pictures. When IDFG staffers collect the cameras at the end of September, researchers will download and analyze the photos and apply statistical modeling to estimate the …

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See Elk in West Virginia

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Yes, there are elk in West Virginia. And if you choose the right time of year and put forth a little effort, chances are pretty good that you can see them with your own eyes. “We take folks out to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area where the elk were first stocked and hopefully lay eyes on them. Last year we did see elk every single time we went out there,” Lauren Cole, Chief Logan State …

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Washington Offers Hunting, Fishing Workshop Just for Women

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Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting, outdoor stewardship, and other outdoor skills in a September weekend workshop that includes sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) experts and other certified instructors. Washington Outdoor Women (WOW) present and coordinate the annual workshop at Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg on September 13-15, 2019. Now in its 22 year, WOW is an outdoor skills education program of the Washington Wildlife Federation, a non-profit …

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Wyoming Hunters Help Bust Poacher

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Hunters do not want to be associated with poachers. In fact, many poaching cases are closed due to hunters who spot questionable behavior and/or provide key information to game wardens. Such is the case regarding a 2018 elk poaching incident in Wyoming. “If it were not for concerned hunters, who care about ethical hunting practices, this case would never have been made,” Jim Seeman, Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden, told Sheridan Media.com. “Their willingness …

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Public Access Improved to Contentious Crazy Mountains

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Those who enjoy hunting, hiking and other forms of recreation will soon have better access to Montana’s Crazy Mountains thanks to a joint effort by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Crazy Mountain Stockgrowers Association and other partners. The organizations are part of the Crazy Mountain Working Group which is made up of landowners, nongovernmental groups, agencies and other members working together over several years to try to resolve long-standing disputes and …

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Colorado Newspaper Urges Readers to Vote ‘No’ on Wolf Ballot Initiative

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Below is a staff editorial published by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on 6/26/2019. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation strongly opposes the forced wolf introduction and agrees with the premise of the article that wildlife decisions should be made by wildlife management professionals at Colorado Parks and Wildlife and not via ballot box biology. Wolf reintroduction is a touchy subject — on par with the Electoral College and the national popular vote movement. Anytime either …

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South Dakota Proposes New Deer and Elk Carcass Transportation and Disposal Rule

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission proposed changes to the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and hunting units within South Dakota’s known endemic areas where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) had been confirmed. These newly proposed regulations, if enacted, would not go into effect until the 2020 hunting seasons. The Commission made the following proposed rule changes to help reduce the spread of CWD. Interstate Carcass Transportation …

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Senate Introduces Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Bill

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The U.S. Senate introduced a bill aimed at boosting hunting and recreational shooting numbers. The Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act will provide flexibility to state agencies to use Pittman-Robertson funds for the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters. The legislation would not increase any taxes or existing user fees, but would allow state fish and wildlife agencies to use existing revenues in new and innovative ways. It is identical …