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Long-Awaited First Hunt

In From The Field, Youthby RMEFLeave a Comment

I have been waiting to hunt with my dad and his friends for years. Finally, when I turned 12, I was able to go and the trip lived up to my expectations. On the first weekend, it was a lesson in patience. We spotted some cow elk and I raised my rifle, but didn’t pull the trigger because I didn’t have a good shot on the vitals. The cow was moving from right to left …

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Oregon Rendezvous

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You just can’t beat a winning combination. And when it’s youth that come out as the big winner, it’s that much better. The Arthur R. Dubs Foundation, which seeks to empower youth and improve their connection to the outdoors, joined the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at its 2016 Oregon Rendezvous to sponsor youth conservation activities. The partnership included providing the $50 entry fee so youth could attend for free, providing $20 RMEF youth memberships for …

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Hunting With Big Brother

In From The Field, Youthby RMEFLeave a Comment

Our family hunts near our cabin not too far from home. My big brother, Joe, is a great elk hunter, so he offered to take me out on my first elk hunt. It was toward the end of the season and there was snow on the ground. He picked me up from school at 2 p.m. and we got to the mountains by 3 p.m. We saw a deer walking across the draw and he …

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Congress Must Address Dire Condition of Forests

In Issues And Advocacyby RMEFLeave a Comment

Many of our National Forests are in dire condition, and Congress must take urgent action to address this worsening crisis. Catastrophic wildfires have once again wreaked havoc this year, leaving nearly 5 million acres burned, destroying hundreds of homes, unleashing untold amounts of carbon dioxide into the air, and, most tragically, claiming several lives. These unacceptable outcomes are hardly new; they have been harsh realities for many years running. And with tens of millions of …

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Guide to Nonresident Applications

In The Huntby Randy NewbergLeave a Comment

As a guy who now hunts a good five months of the year for fun and for my TV show, I’ve been forced to learn to navigate the sometimes maddening blowdown of state regs. I’ll walk you through the process. The crux decision is what kind of elk hunt do you want? The answer will lead you to where you want to hunt, and how to apply to hunt. Don’t put this off. Deadlines loom. …

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His Brother’s Keeper – Mission Accomplished

In From The Fieldby RMEFLeave a Comment

A week ago, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received an email from Jeremy Nauta. He told us about his brother Joshua, who doctors said only had 4-6 months to live due to an ongoing battle with brain cancer. Joshua’s wish was to take his six-year-old son, Jaden, on an elk hunt before he is gone. We just received a follow-up email from Jeremy below. Congrats and Godspeed from the RMEF! The trip was more than …

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New Mexico Conservation Project Benefits Elk, Habitat, Hunters, Hikers, and History

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to permanently protect and open access to 5,867 acres of prime wildlife habitat in west-central New Mexico. “We appreciate the Roberson family in allowing us to conserve this unique piece of New Mexico landscape,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It is now available for the public to access and also improves access to approximately 35,000 acres …

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Moment of Truth

In From The Field, Youthby Shiv GoshLeave a Comment

I had the honor to harvest this majestic bull elk on the second day of New Mexico’s 16C youth-only hunt season on October 10, 2015. An hour before shooting light, my mentors and I began stalking a bull elk thunderously bugling in the east. I gasped when I spotted the bull for the first time. Even at a distance, he seemed massive with a goldish-brown-colored body contrasting with the dark timber. Huge white-tipped antlers shined …

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Starting Young – Ty Posey

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Every year, I go out with my dad and we hunt locally here in Pennsylvania. It’s pretty much a family thing. We all get together, look for deer and have a great time. Once a year when we hunt for bear. We go to a cabin and make it a longer trip but otherwise, we are out doing day trips taking a lot of turkeys, woodchucks and geese. I was three years old when my …

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Range Finder 101

In Gear 101by RMEFLeave a Comment

For some hunters, a rangefinder is indispensable. To others, it’s a luxury. Whichever camp you’re in, there’s no denying that knowing the distance to your target is paramount to making a clean, swift kill. Most rangefinders today come with an inclinometer that takes the guesswork our shooting at angles, recalibrating the distance to account for slope.