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Skunked

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Even when you come up empty after a season of hard hunting, there are plenty of reasons to feel good about your role as a hunter. I stopped for lunch at one of my favorite overlooks, a cliff of columnar basalt 500 feet above a creek meadow with a stunning view of the backside of the Tetons’ Cathedral Group on the horizon. After a long seven hours in the black timber, it was a relief to …

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Helping Mother Nature Do What She Can’t: How #HuntingIsConservation in Washington

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Sometimes, Mother Nature needs a helping hand because she just can’t keep up. That’s exactly the case in southwest Washington where the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens loaded up the Toutle River Valley with a landslide of debris. And that led to long-lasting erosion that only continues today. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers worked alongside other folks to plant more than 5,400 broadleaf trees on the banks of the North Fork of the Toutle …

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Answering Questions Posed by Non-Hunters

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Why do you hunt? What are the benefits of hunting? How does hunting help conservation? What kind of impact does hunting have on the economy? As hunters, there are so many questions we field about how and why we do the things we do. For some, answering those questions can be daunting. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that Hunting Is Conservation. You can find 25 reasons why hunting is conservation here. Those reasons include …

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Giving Aspen Room to Grow: How #HuntingIsConservation in Utah

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Elk walking into an aspen grove are much like kids walking into a candy shop. Yet aspen need space to breathe, thrive and grow…and that benefits elk. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is stepping up by putting money on the ground to encourage and enhance aspen health and growth. One such example is the ongoing Monroe Mountain aspen ecosystems restoration project in the Fishlake National Forest of central Utah. Crews use a combination of thinning, …

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More Evidence that Hunting (and Fishing) Is Conservation

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Paying for the conservation of land and wildlife has landed on the shoulders of hunters and anglers for decades. It is sportsmen and women who supply the lion’s share of funding for state fish and game agencies through the payment of licenses and fees plus excise taxes on guns, ammunition and archery and fishing equipment. Without that funding, those agencies that are tasked with managing fish and wildlife populations would be unable to carry out …

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Hunting, Outdoor Activities Generate Big Bucks for Economy

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A new report indicates hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing activities across the 246 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the West generated $3 billion dollars for the U.S. economy. Those activities also supported 26,500 jobs. Titled “Quantifying the Economic Contributions of Wildlife-Related Recreation on BLM Lands,” data from the report shows Americans made an estimated 3.1 million trips for hunting, 2.8 million trips for fishing and 2.2 million trips for wildlife-viewing …

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Supporting Young Archers: How #HuntingIsConservation in Missouri

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A record 3,132 participants, including 140 teams, from across the state of Missouri took part in the 2018 Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was there too by contributing funding to assist with targets and supplies. Boys and girls from grades four through 12 had the opportunity to compete for trophies in the bull’s eye and 3-D target competitions. When not competing, they and their families shot …

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Attacking Cheatgrass: How #HuntingIsConservation in Wyoming

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Cheatgrass is much more than an annoying plant with discarded seeds that burrow their way into your socks. It’s downright unhealthy for elk and other wildlife. Why? Cheatgrass outcompetes and overpowers native forage for water and nutrients, allowing it to spread across the landscape and replace that native vegetation. That’s why the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently completed a 10-year cheatgrass treatment program in the Devil’s Canyon area of west-central Wyoming. Over that time, RMEF …

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Elk Hunters Bolster Colorado Economy

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As hunters seek to fill their freezers in western Colorado, their trips give a much-needed boost to the local economy. According to the Aspen Times, hunters gobbled up 127,600 elk licenses statewide in 2018 with more than half of those, 75,500, in northwest Colorado alone. Hunters will buy food, gasoline and other supplies during their time afield. They will also stay in motels, eat in restaurants and spend money for other needs and wants. Beyond …

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Firearm Instruction 101: How #HuntingIsConservation in Texas

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Shooting a firearm the first time is exciting but it can also be intimidating. With that in mind, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding to assist the Permian Basin Young Guns of Midland, Texas, to host more than 60 women and 40 youth for basic pistol training. Many of the participants were first-time shooters. The focus for the youth was more of an introduction to property safety and function of pistol shooting that will …

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Sportsmen, Women Pump $93 Billion into U.S. Economy

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New economic reports reveal more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more in connection with their hunting, target shooting and sportfishing activities. The reports, released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), American Sportfishing Association and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, show expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided …

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The Books – A young elk guide kills a bull big enough for the record books. Why would he, or any hunter, bother to enter it?

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I slowly nocked an arrow. The cow that had me pinned finally broke her stare. I was looking to a cluster of trees to my left waiting for the bull to show himself. “Whoa,” I said under my breath as it stepped out from behind cover. The heavy, long-tined rack he carried was not what I expected. As long as he kept walking my way he would give me a shot. I had never killed …

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Spicing Up Elk Country: How #HuntingIsConservation in Kentucky

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Kentucky is home to the largest elk population east of the Mississippi. More than 11,000-strong roam their native home range among the reclaimed strip mines in the eastern part of the state. the 15,00-acre Fishtrap Lake Wildlife Management Area lies in the heart of Kentucky Elk country. It is here that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for on-the-ground work designed to enhance wildlife habitat. Crews carried out a combination of forest thinning, herbicide …