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Get Your Antlers, Horns Measured for Free

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Live in near southeast Idaho? Want to get your antlers or horns measured? On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) will hold a free big game measuring event. It will take place at the IDFG Southeast Regional Office located at 1345 Barton Road in Pocatello. Measuring for Boone & Crockett (Rifle/Pistol), Pope & Young (Archery), and Longhunter Society (Muzzleloader) will be conducted by certified measurers for entry into the …

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Yellowstone-Area Elk Herd to be Monitored

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There are 11 known different elk herds that migrate across the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Researchers currently have their sights set on one of them whose migration pattern is not yet fully documented. “If you look at that map there’s this gaping hole in the southwestern corner of Yellowstone,” Aly Courtemanch, biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “We’ve suspected that there’s likely a migration there, and …

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Research to Benefit North Dakota Elk

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Researchers placed collars on 90 elk to assist them to better monitor and learn more about elk in western portions of North Dakota. “Everything went very well as far as capture and collar. It’s a pretty significant research project of a large sample size,” Jeb Williams, North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief, told the Grand Forks Herald. “We’re pretty excited about it.” Crew members used a helicopter to find and capture the elk …

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Michigan Estimates Elk Population at 1,196

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just wrapped up its 2019 winter elk survey and estimates a minimum elk population of 1,196 animals (with a confidence interval of plus or minus 266) within its borders. “The survey tells us there are between 930 and 1,462 elk in Michigan,” DNR Wildlife Field Operations Manager Brian Mastenbrook said.  “Based on this survey, past surveys, damage concerns and disease issues, we will continue to reduce the elk …

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Watch Elk Migrate

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A short video produced by the Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI), and funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, gives viewers the opportunity to watch elk and a variety of other species cross a singular piece of terrain. WMI operates with a mission of advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Wyoming’s migratory ungulates by conducting innovative research and sharing scientific information through public outreach. Research gathered by a team of scientists over a …

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RMEF, Others Offer Reward in Wisconsin Elk Poaching Incident

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is joining forces with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Law Enforcement, Monroe County Crime Stoppers and others trying to find the person(s) responsible for poaching a cow elk during Wisconsin’s gun-deer season. According to WEAU-TV, authorities say it happened on November 19, 2018, about six miles southeast of Black River Falls in Jackson County. There was at least one yellow ear tag and an orange GPS collar …

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Authorities Seek Elk Poacher in Oregon

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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division needs your help finding who is responsible for the poaching of a cow elk in the northwest part of the state. It happened on February 19, 2019, on private property just off of Larwood Drive near Scio in Linn County. Someone killed the animal and took the rear quarters. If you have any information, call 1-800-442-0776, *OSP (677) or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. …

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22,000+ Elk Harvested in Idaho during 2018 Season

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The past few years have been a great time to be an elk hunter in Idaho; in fact, the current stretch is among the best in the state’s history. In 2018, elk harvest exceeded 20,000 for the fifth straight year. Going back to 1935, only a nine-year run that started in 1988 – the first year that hunters harvested more than 20,000 elk in the state – and ran through the mid-1990’s ranks higher. Harvest …

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RMEF, Conservation Partners Support PA Game Commission’s Management of CWD

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Below is a news release issued by the National Deer Alliance and signed on by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. There is also an additional link provided by the National Deer Alliance found here that urges caution when considering CWD research claims. National Deer Alliance and Conservation Partners Support PA Game Commission’s Management of Chronic Wasting Disease INDIANA, PA – (February 19, 2019) — The National Deer Alliance (NDA) is joined by an impressive list …

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South Dakota to Host CWD Public Meetings

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will host public open houses to provide information and awareness on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk herds within the state. “The department is developing a draft action plan outlining the state’s approach to slowing the spread of this wildlife disease,” stated Chad Switzer, wildlife program administrator. “Not only do we want hunters to attend these events, we encourage game processors, taxidermists, landowners, captive deer and …

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South Dakota Archery Hunter Scores World Record Bighorn Ram

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A young hunter from South Dakota didn’t go far to harvest what is the largest bighorn ram ever taken. With a final score of 209 1/8″, it measures 10 inches larger than the previous record. “I went into this hunt knowing that there were some spectacular animals in the area, but it was beyond my wildest dream that I would be after the new Pope and Young Club World Record!” said Clayton Miller. “Thank you …

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Interior Department Seeks to Implement Active Forest Management

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In line with a directive to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, the Department of Interior is seeking to implement more active forest management techniques. “Active land management, including strategic timber harvests, prescribed burns, grazing and other measures, help create the early successional forests that provide the diversity of cover and nutrition elk need to thrive,” Mark Lambrecht, director of government affairs for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, told E&E News. According to the directive, …

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Interactive National Geographic Elk Migration Exhibit Comes to RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Imagine being able to stand in one spot and yet you can witness the year-round migration of elk across the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Now you can do so thanks to a collaborative effort between the National Geographic Society, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Invisible Boundaries, a highly interactive exhibit created by National Geographic and based on years of scientific data, is now on display at RMEF …

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Authorities Seek Missouri Elk Poacher

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks information in the case of two adult elk shot Friday, Feb. 8, near the Log Yard area of Shannon County. One of the elk was a 10-year-old bull, brought to Missouri from Kentucky in 2011. The other was an adult cow, born in Missouri. Conservation agents note no parts of either animal were removed. “It appears these poachers simply wanted to shoot elk for fun or out of …

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Wyoming Sets Public Meeting Dates for 2019 Hunting Regulations

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public meetings and opened a comment period to gather input on proposed big game, wild turkey, upland game bird, small game, wild bison, migratory game bird and light goose conservation order hunting seasons and the general hunting regulation. All interested parties are encouraged to attend one of the public meetings to be held across the state discussing the 2019 hunting season proposals. Written comments shall be accepted …