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World Record Elk to Go on Display at RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The largest elk ever taken in Montana will go on display for a few weeks at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation beginning Monday, May 8. Montana resident Steve Felix shot the bull on public land in eastern Montana while on a solo hunt in September 2016. “This bull is a reflection of the importance of quality habitat, wildlife management strategies and hunters who provide funding for conservation efforts through excise taxes on guns, ammunitions …

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Headless Elk Leads to Poaching Felony

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A judge in Nevada sentenced a Utah man to pay more than $20,000 for shooting and leaving a bull elk to rot. The judge also issued a 32-month suspended prison sentence to Zackry Holdaway who pleaded no contest to unlawful killing and possession of the elk. “It is definitely the most severe sentence on any case I’ve ever worked,” John Anderson, Nevada Department of Wildlife game warden, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It is also the …

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Red Desert to Hoback Migration – Mule Deer in Wyoming

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This migration route was identified as part of the Wyoming Migration Initiative, a large-scale effort to identify and map ungulate migrations in the state and use the science to influence land use planning, educate the public, and more. RMEF is funding both the science and the distribution of information as well as a contribution for the exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody.

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Washington Sets May 24 Deadline for Elk Hunt Permits

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Hunters have through May 24, 2017, to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons in Washington State. Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in June. Special permits qualify hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those authorized by a general hunting license. To apply for a special permit, hunters planning to …

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Mountain Lions Taking Toll on Nebraska Bighorn Sheep

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Wildlife officials in Nebraska are ‘very concerned’ about the impact mountain lions are having on the state’s bighorn sheep population. Nebraska Game and Parks (NGP) suspect that lions killed five bighorns in western Nebraska between June 2016 and March 2017. They also maintain lions took nine bighorn sheep since 2015. “We’re very concerned about this,’’ Sam Wilson, NGP carnivore program manager, told gooutdoorsne.com. NGPC is conducting a five-year study to estimate a mountain lion population …

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Five Points about the Antler Business

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If you’re a dedicated sportsman, and if you’ve come out of hunting season with an empty freezer, shed antlers can be the runners’ up award: they’re a kind of participation trophy. They’re faint echoes of last fall’s hunt, proof that a given bull made it through the season, that he was zigging even while we were zagging. They’re also the end of a story that we may have only caught in glimpses, a flash through …

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Wildlife Crossings Improve Safety in Colorado

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The Colorado Department of Transportation reports more than 3,000 collisions happen every year between vehicles and wildlife. The results are often deadly for both wildlife and people. To help improve public safety, the state erected a series of wildlife crossings on Colorado Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling, one of the busiest wildlife corridors in the state. Two overpass bridges and five underpasses allow deer, elk and other wildlife to safely cross the highway without …

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New Adult Hunters Head to the Field

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You don’t have to be a young boy or girl to take a hunter education class. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks offers a course for adults. Fourteen young adults were all smiles after passing the course and receiving their hunting patches. Their particular course was available online and included a field course option. Those born on or prior to January 1, 1985, are not required to take it. Go here to sign up or find …

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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)