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As Goes Hunting, So Goes Wildlife

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A writer from Pennsylvania recently authored an article that addresses hunting, conservation funding and the current political climate including the Second Amendment. His thoughts are a good reminder regarding who pays for land conservation and wildlife management. “In the early part of the twentieth century, hunters saw that wildlife could not tolerate the absence of bag limits, year ’round open seasons, the pressure of urban development, and other things that were a threat to continued, …

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Hunter and Angler Conservation Funding Tops $20 Billion

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More than $1.1 billion in national funding generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration (PRDJ) acts in 2017 will be distributed to state wildlife agencies to assist conservation and recreation work. To date, PRDJ generated more than $20.2 billion. “American sportsmen and women are some of our best conservationists and they contribute billions of dollars toward wildlife conservation and sportsmen access every year through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts,” said Secretary …

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RMEF Supports Inaugural Wisconsin Elk Hunt

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation congratulates the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on its decision to institute Wisconsin’s first-ever managed elk hunt later this year. “This is the culmination of more than two decades of elk-related conservation work,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “RMEF has been involved with reintroduction efforts in Wisconsin dating back to 1995 and continues to put funds on the ground to benefit the state’s elk herds and …

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Hunting Is Conservation: The Books

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A young elk guide arrows a bull big enough for the Boone & Crockett’s (B&C) record books. Why would he, or any hunter, bother to enter it? Below are a portion of Troy Smith’s words, as found in the Hunting Is Conservation department of the July-August 2017 issue of Bugle magazine. In the course of writing this piece, I spoke with Joe Bell, executive director at the Pope and Young (P&Y) Club. I asked him …

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Hunting Is Conservation – Clearing the Way for Wildlife in Montana

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Hunters don’t just venture out looking to fill the freezer. Many of them seek out opportunities to conserve or improve wild landscapes. That was exactly the case in southwestern Montana where more than three dozen Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers removed five miles of old fencing to allow elk, deer and other wildlife safe travel without the risk of entanglement. The fence pull project took place as part of the 2017 RMEF Montana Rendezvous near …

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Hunters Sought to Thin Wind Cave National Park Elk Herd

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The National Park Service and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are seeking eight volunteers to take part in a limited elk hunt in Wind Cave National Park. The goal is to reduce the rate of Chronic Wasting Disease within the herd. Meat that is not infected with CWD will be donated to a food bank. A lottery system will select volunteers for the February hunt. There are currently 260 elk in the park. Wildlife …