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$170.6 Million in LWCF Funding to Benefit State Parks, Outdoor Recreation

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The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced $170,623,713 million in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 States, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.  “Using zero taxpayer dollars, LWCF invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to …

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Take a Friend Hunting, Win Prizes

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges hunters to take a friend afield to hunt. If you take a novice hunter, you can win some great prizes. All you need to do is submit a photograph along with a brief story about what happened. Judges will comb through the entries and name winners. More than $5,000 in gift cards and gear will be given away. Go here to enter and for eligibility information. (Photo source: Colorado Parks …

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Idaho Bull Elk Returns to Captivity

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Below is a news release issued by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. A young bull elk, given a second chance at freedom when returned to the wild country of Bear Valley, Idaho, in mid-August, is back in captivity. On Sunday, September 1, Fish and Game officers found the young bull about three miles from its original release site where they contained and transported the bull to a Fish and Game holding area. A …

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Hunting, Fishing Access Expands on 1.4 Million Acres of Federal Land

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What was announced in June 2019 is now official. The Department of Interior (DOI) confirmed that America’s hunters and anglers will have expanded public access opportunities at 77 National Wildlife Refuges and 15 National Fish Hatcheries. “This is the largest single effort to expand hunting and fishing access in recent history,” said DOI Secretary David Bernhardt. “President Trump has made increasing public access and streamlining government functions priorities of his administration, and this new rule …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Wyoming

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Authorities need your help finding the person(s) responsible for poaching a bull elk in northern Wyoming. Someone shot and killed the elk, removed its head and left the meat to rot near Upper Powder River Road north of Interstate 90 near Sheridan. “Everything about this killing was illegal and unethical,” Tony Tobiasson, Wyoming Game and Fish Access Yes coordinator, said as reported by KTWO radio. “We really hope someone comes forward with a tip that …

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Citing Crowding, Idaho Looks to Manage Nonresident Hunters

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is looking at ways to manage the number and distribution of nonresident big game hunters in response to concerns about hunter crowding and congestion in some popular hunting areas. Fish and Game commissioners and staff heard from resident hunters while updating the department’s deer management plans, and there were consistent and repeated complaints about hunter crowding. While commissioners can currently regulate the number of nonresident hunters in big game …

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RMEF Women For Wildlife

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The hunter is the reason that wildlife numbers are on the rise and the habitat found in wild places is improving. The women of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation understand the value of time spent afield with our family and friends and the profound impact that has on our children. The women of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have been making their own mark in conservation. The RMEF Women For Wildlife Events are a reflection …

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RMEF Unveils Updated Brand

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation unveiled a sleeker, modernized brand, its first such adjustment in more than 10 years. Slight changes include a tweaked version of the organization’s historic bull elk profile by placing bolder emphasis on its head and antlers, removing RMEF from within the icon and updating the font style, thus better reflecting the corporate brand. The colors are also adjusted from red to a RMEF blue. “The RMEF brand is an …

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Watch Mule Deer Migrate 200 Miles in 3D Video

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The Wyoming Migration Initiative joined forces with its cartography team at the University of Oregon InfoGraphics Lab to create a 3D visualization to show how a mule deer doe traveled 200 miles across Wyoming. Scientists believe the animal learned the route from its mother, who inherited that knowledge from past migrations. Gregory Nickerson and Matthew Kauffman produced the video. Kauffman recently received the RMEF Conservationist of the Year award for 2018. The Rocky Mountain Elk …

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Why a Female Hunter Got into Hunting

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Do you remember your first hunting experience? Why did you decide to do it? Did someone accompany you? Below is a portion of an article written by Christine Cunningham entitled, “Women have always been hunters, and hunting has nothing to do with gender.” When I told a girlfriend I had gone duck hunting, she asked, “Why?” At the time, my reason for going was to learn. The idea of hunting – not the reality – …

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Problem Wolves Removed in Washington, Enviros File Injunction

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) lethally removed the four known remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory wolf pack in northeastern Washington.  The pack killed 14 livestock in the last 10 months, nine the last 30 days and a total of 29 since September 5, 2018. The depredations took place even though the livestock producer took proactive, nonlethal, conflict deterrence measures. The wolf removal process happened early on August 16, 2019. Later …

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Poachers Kill Three Bull Elk in Montana

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Authorities in east-central Montana are searching for the person(s) responsible for killing three bull elk in Musselshell County. An investigation shows the first elk died from a single gun shot east of Roundup. The perpetrator(s) left the animal to waste in a field. Follow-up reports indicated someone illegally shot and killed two more bulls nearby. If you have any information, call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). (Photo source: Musselshell County Sheriff’s Office)

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New to Hunting? Live in Wisconsin? Then Go Here to Learn How to Do It

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Try your hand at hunting through the Department of Natural Resources Learn to Hunt program. Learn to Hunt combines classroom and field instruction for beginners before pairing participants with an experienced hunter. Participants will learn hunting rules and regulations, sportsmanship and ethical hunter behavior, and basic gun safety. “Providing opportunities like this for people who would not otherwise have the chance to explore hunting is key in preserving Wisconsin’s hunting heritage,” said Emily Iehl, DNR …

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Colorado Governor Signs Executive Order Supporting Migration Routes

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order that directs state agencies to work together to protect migration corridors for elk, moose, deer and other wildlife. “Colorado’s natural beauty and wildlife are part of why so many people love our great state,” said Polis. “This is a step toward better understanding and protecting the migratory patterns of Colorado’s wildlife populations and ensuring we can preserve our treasured animals and their habitats.” The executive order does …

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Arizona Enacts changes to Protect Elk and Deer from CWD

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Chronic wasting disease is present in several neighboring states, but not yet in Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is hoping to keep it that way by enacting rules regarding the possession and transportation of elk and deer into Arizona by successful out of state hunters. Hunters from out of state may only bring the following animal parts into Arizona according to the following requirements of Arizona Game and Commission Rule R12-4-305: Out-of-state …