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20 Years of Elk in Kentucky; Hunt Application Deadline Nears

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Thanks to a cooperative effort by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and other partners, wildlife workers released seven elk atop Potato Knob in front of thousands of onlookers in December 1997. To date, RMEF contributed more than $1.4 million to assist with the wildly successful reintroduction program. Today, there are more than 10,000 elk back on their native Kentucky range—the largest elk herd east of the Rocky Mountains. Kentucky …

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Elk Hunting in Oklahoma?

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Yes, there are elk in Oklahoma. And there’s a hunting season for them too. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s online application period is now open for 2017-18. Sportsmen and women can enter their names for deer, elk, antelope and turkey controlled hunts. Elk and deer in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge are among the state’s most popular big game hunts. Go here for more information. (Photo source: Wide Open Spaces)

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Deer, Pronghorn Affected by Harsh Oregon Winter; Elk Fare Okay

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will issue fewer deer and pronghorn tags this fall because of harsh winter conditions and a higher than usual mortality rate. “It came early, it lasted long and the snow kept accumulating,” said Brian Ratliff, ODFW district wildlife biologist. “We saw some elk mortality, as we always do, but it was not significant. Due to their size, elk can generate more body heat at less energetic cost and …

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Oregon Man Arrested, Accused of Wasting 12 Elk, Possible Others

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A northeast Oregon man who legally obtained a permit to haze elk, faces charges of killing at least a dozen of them. After a February search of his ranch in Wallowa, authorities arrested Larry Harshfield because they found 12 elk dead on his ranch. They found 13 more dead elk nearby. The Wallowa County district attorney will determine if Harshfield faces additional charges. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) issues kill or hazing …

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Arizona Wildlife Officers Rescue ‘Kidnapped’ Fawn

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Here we go again. Despite continued warnings from state fish and game agencies from coast-to-coast, people are still removing wildlife from their natural surroundings. The Arizona Game and Fish Department acted on a tip and removed a deer fawn from a car during a traffic stop in Wickenburg. …in reality they have doomed the fawn to a life in captivity. Mike Demlong, AZGFD wildlife education program manager“Because of the irresponsible actions of one or more …

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!” It is perhaps the most well-known phrase within the Declaration of Independence. So that begs the question, “What makes you happy?” Outside magazine published an article several years ago that suggested 14 different things that can bring happiness. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is partial to number 12: Elk. Elk meat is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body synthesize the happy neurotransmitter serotonin. Also …

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Kentucky Court Cracks Down on Illegal Guiding

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A man from Kentucky will pay nearly $8,000 in fines for his part in the illegal take of a cow elk. Bryan Delong of Pilgrim, Ky., pleaded guilty to guiding elk hunters without a commercial guide license, using bait and assisting a hunter with an at-large permit to hunt in a limited entry area. The court judgement in Martin County also stripped him of hunting privileges for three years and probated his 60-day jail sentence. …

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Info Sought for Elk Poachers in Idaho

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Authorities are seeking information that will lead them to those responsible for the poaching of a bull elk on a private farm near White Owl approximately 11 miles east of Rexburg in southeast Idaho. Conservation officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) believe more than one suspect was involved with shooting the elk multiple times. The area where the incident happened is popular for both snowmobiling and antler hunting. Anyone with any …