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Poacher Sought in Northwest Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are investigating the illegal killing of a bull elk west of Troy. The elk was shot and left to waste near the McCormick School west of Troy sometime between the evening of Oct. 20 and the morning of Oct. 21. The carcass was located on private property near Smith Road and Old U.S. Highway 2. FWP is seeking information from anyone who may have possible information related to …

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Help Shape Future of Elk in Virginia

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What will the future hold for wild elk in the southwest portion of Virginia? The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) wants your input. According to WCYB-TV, VDGIF plans to host three public hearings that will help elk managers shape its elk management plan. The meetings will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Honaker High School’s Baldwin Gymnasium at 1795 Thompson Creek Road, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at The Inn at Wise Grand Ballroom …

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Hunter Shot…by His Own Dog!

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Charlie is still a “good, old boy” even though he accidently stepped on his master’s trigger and shot him from the back seat of the pickup. “I was very fortunate I could get to my phone,” Charlie Gilligan told the Las Cruces Sun News. “The DASO (Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office) first-responders saved my life. If they waited 10 more minutes I would’ve died. I lost so much blood. I know I actually passed to …

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Hunters Show Patience, Free Tangled Elk

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Generally speaking, hunters are a patient bunch. They scout, take care of their gear, sight in their rifles, practice religiously with their bows, and when the time comes they are deliberate and careful in the field during their quest to fill the freezer. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a couple of Montana hunters who came across a young spike elk caught up in a fence showed patience in helping set it free. …

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Virginia Launches Live Elk Cam

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It took a couple of years and some diligent work by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), local businesses, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers and other folks, but Virginia’s elk cam is now live and online. “Elk in Virginia provide an opportunity for people to connect with nature that other wildlife doesn’t provide,” says David Kalb, VDGIF elk project leader. “They’re different from a whitetail deer. They’re more visible because they’re huge …

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Elk Season Underway in Pennsylvania

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Ross Hunsinger put in for a Pennsylvania elk tag each and every year for a decade. When he was luckily enough to be drawn, he took full advantage by taking an 8 x 7 bull elk. Hunsinger was one of many hunters who unveiled their animals at a check station in Benezette. Over the six-day season, biologists from the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the check station collect samples from each elk to test for Chronic …

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Elk Putting on a Show in North Carolina

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Some people may not know it but there are wild, free-ranging elk in North Carolina and now is a great time to see them in person. “The bulls are bugling. They are fighting with each other. The females are all grouped up tight together,” Joe Yarkovich, Great Smoky Mountains National Park wildlife biologist, told WATE-TV. “The leaves start to change. The air is a bit cooler, all in all a really nice time to be …

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End of an Era, Last Caribou in Lower 48 Relocated to Canada

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The last, remaining caribou in the Lower 48 will soon be no more. In an effort to save their genetics, the Canadian government plans to capture them and move them to a breeding pen in British Columbia just west of Banff National Park. Six caribou are all that remain in the Selkirk Mountains in the northernmost tip of the Idaho panhandle. As a species, they have been hanging on by a thread for years. According …

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Youngsters Make Sweet Music at Elk Bugling Competition

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No it wasn’t the World Elk Calling Championships, but it was a celebration of elk and elk calling by young callers who stood tall in the competitive spotlight. “Some big cities have symphonies, and we have bugling,” Phil Stubblefield told the Craig Daily Press. Stubblefield organized the first-ever Maybell School Elk Bugling and Camo Contest. More than a dozen boys and girls participated in Maybell, located in northwest Colorado about 200 miles straight west of …

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Public Invited to Natural Resource Management Workshop

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Want to learn more about natural resource management in Montana? Want to see how different groups and organizations work together to accomplish that vital work? The Montana Forest Collaboration Network (MFCN) is convening its 3rd Annual Workshop titled, “COMMUNICATING OUR COLLABORATIVE STORIES” in Kalispell, Montana on November 14-15, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn. MFCN is again bringing together Montana collaborative and interest groups focused on natural resource management and engaging with state and federal …

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Wyoming Seeks Info about Elk, Deer Poaching

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hoping someone has information on two poaching crimes in southeast Wyoming involving a buck mule deer and a bull elk. On Oct. 20, 2018, Medicine Bow Game Warden Dylan Bergman was notified of a buck mule deer that had been shot from the road on deeded land along Hanna-Leo Draw Road in Deer Hunt Area 70. The suspects were driving a light silver or white newer Ford F150 …

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Locked Up Elk Found Dead in Nebraska Pond

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It was a sad sight indeed. Ranchers in north-central Nebraska found two mature bull elk with locked antlers. They apparently died after drowning in a pond on their property. “We had a bit of a tragedy,” Kendra Brinkman, rancher, said in a YouTube video. “We’ve known that these elk have been here, but dad was up here a day or so ago to check cattle and happened to see their antlers sticking up.” According to …

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Help Find Who Severed the Heads of Cow and Elk in Montana

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The search is on near the small western Montana town of Anaconda to find those responsible for a rather disturbing crime and file charges against them. A ranching family reports someone butchered one of its cows near Sand Hollow Road where they lease state land. Not only that but they left the head in the middle of the road, cut out its tongue and placed a cigarette in its mouth. Nearby was the head of …

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Pennsylvania Unveils New Hunting App

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If you live in Pennsylvania and you’re looking for a place to hunt, need a license or want an easy way to report your deer or turkey harvest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s (PGC) new mobile-device app is a one-stop shop that’s loaded with information hunters and trappers need most. “With this handy and easy-to-use offering, Pennsylvania’s hunters and trappers have all the information they need, right at their fingertips,” said Bryan Burhans, PGC executive director. …

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Study: Brucellosis Affects Elk Pregnancy Rates

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New research published in Ecology and Evolution indicates that the wildlife bacterial disease Brucellosis has more of an effect on cow elk than previously thought. “We found that the disease causes a substantial decline in the probability of pregnancy among young adult elk and the effect is weaker in older animals, but it’s still unclear what the mechanism is that’s causing this to happen,” Johan du Toit, Utah State University researcher, told Phys.org. Previous research …