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Hammer Drops on Wyoming Man for Wanton Destruction of Big Game

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Fourth Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman approved the conditions of a plea agreement reached between the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office and Sheridan County resident Gregg Lambdin, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 1, 2019 to two misdemeanors and nine felonies for wanton destruction of big game animals. Lambdin was assessed $110,000 in fines, $144,000 in restitution and nine months jail time. Lambdin will serve his jail sentence in the Sheridan County Detention Center and he …

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Father of NFL Linebacker Rescues Injured Elk Hunter

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An elk hunter from Michigan received the vital medical attention he needed thanks to a rescue effort by a hunting guide and several others in north-central Idaho. The guide, Darwin Vander Esch, is father of Leighton Vander Esch, linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. The hunter was part of a mule pack train packing out an elk when his mule broke off into a run, throwing him to the ground. The man sustained a series of …

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Three Youth Tag Out in Arkansas

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Opening weekend of the Arkansas youth elk hunt was a good one for three hunters in the northwest part of the state who all harvested a bull. “The youth did really well – all the kids were excited,” said Wes Wright, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission elk program coordinator. “The weather turned bad with lots of rain Sunday but they were able to harvest before the rain hit. The rain did make it a little …

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Netting Doesn’t Slow Bull Elk

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A bull elk wandering around Estes Park, Colorado, is sporting a unique look. It has netting designed to keep wildlife away from vegetation wrapped up in its antlers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) tweeted it will continue to monitor the bull and will only intervene as a last resort. “The bull is healthy, able to move freely, eat and drink. He just has to deal with the annoyance of some plastic.” CPW also urges everyone …

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USDA to Invest $50 Million to Increase Public Access on Private Lands

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make up to $50 million available to help create or expand state government and tribal programs that encourage landowners and land managers to allow public access to their land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through November 27, 2019, from state governments and tribes for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). “These projects are excellent …

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See Bugling Elk, Golden Aspen in Colorado

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Leaf peepers come for the last glimpses of aspen turning gold. Wildlife watchers come to experience the elk “rut” when the males bugle and battle for dominance and the right to breed. It makes for an interesting time to hike, camp or visit Mueller State Park west of Colorado Springs. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has a number of guided hikes and naturalist programs to help visitors enjoy this beautiful season. Also, CPW continues its …

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Pennsylvania Hunter Takes Record Bull Elk

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Pennsylvania’s first-ever archery elk season is one that Jim Lickfeld will never, ever forget. Not only was he shocked a month earlier when he found out he was drawn to receive one of five coveted tags, but he took full advantage by punching that tag the first night of his September hunt. “As I came to full draw, Al whispered “57” as in yards. I did some fast geometry knowing my 40-yard pin was 10 …

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Elk Hunter Dies in Freak Accident

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An elk hunter from Wisconsin died after a storm rolled through Idaho where they set up camp. Lightning struck a tree that fell on the tent of 33-yar-old Chris Perow, killing him instantly. “We had plans as a family. We had plans to build a home, and we had plans to have more children,” Chris’s wife Lauren told WDJT-TV. Perow made the trip west with his brother-in-law. It was a hunt they planned for a …

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Idaho Boasts Millions of Acres to Hunt

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If you are looking for somewhere to hunt in Idaho, there are plenty of choices. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) owns, manages and keeps open to the public about 370,000 acres at its wildlife management areas, and provides literally millions more acres through its various agreements and lease programs that allow public access to various state and private lands. Money for access comes from multiple IDFG funds, including IDFG’s access/depredation fee that …

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Elk Poacher Sought in Colorado

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) needs your help identifying two individuals suspected of illegally killing a bull elk last week in Game Management Unit 2, a limited, high-quality hunting unit located in northwest Moffat County located in the northwest corner of Colorado. On the evening of Sept. 25, 2019, a witness called CPW officer Jeffrey Goncalves to report what appeared to be a wounded bull elk east of the intersection of Moffat County Roads 67 …

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Oregon Authorities Seek Culprits in Elk Poaching

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The Oregon State Police needs your help tracking down those responsible for poaching an elk in the northcentral part of the state. According to KVAL-TV, it happened in the White River Wildlife Area near Wamic. Specifically, troopers want to talk with whoever drove either of the two vehicles. One of them is a Toyota Tacoma pickup with a topper, roof-mounted tent and carrying a KTM 450 XC or similar dirt bike. The other is a …

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Prescribed Burns Benefit Oregon Elk Habitat

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A series of prescribed burn projects in central Oregon are designed to improve wildlife habitat as well as forest health on the Ochoco National Forest. The latest will burn individual concentrations of downed juniper trees left over from a large thinning project previously undertaken in coordination with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and under an agreement with adjacent private land owners. The goals for the prescribed burns are to improve wildlife habitat and to remove hazardous …

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Video: Bull Elk Gouges Car

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A leisurely drive through Evergreen, Colorado, ended up with a trip to the body shop. That’s because the small car got a little too close to a bull elk and his harem. Denise Beese drove the car and can be heard doing some commentary as her teenage daughter shot the video. After passing several cows, a bull charged the car and struck it multiple times. “Elk are in rut. Remind people not to mess with …

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Help Find Arizona Elk Poacher

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief received nearly 1,100 reports which led to 76 citations for wildlife violations in 2017. “Poachers are thieves. They do not represent the hunting community, and the majority of the reports come from hunters and anglers w Photo shows a bull elk believed to have been shot The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is investigating the poaching of a bull elk in late August 2019 north …

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Friday the 13th a ‘Lucky Day’ for Michigan Elk Hunter

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If you’re superstitious, Friday the 13th may be a day to pull the covers up over your head and just stay in bed all day. Not so if you are Greg Burks. “Friday the 13th is now my lucky day,” said Burks. The hunter from White Lake, Michigan, harvested a 6×6 bull elk on Friday, September 13, 2019, as a successful Pure Hunt Michigan winner. The program draws three lucky winners each year and allows …