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Virginia Newspaper Editorial: ‘To Preserve Wildlife, Preserve Hunting’

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Below is an article published on April 8 by the editorial board of the Franklin News-Post, a newspaper published in Rocky Mount, Virginia. If you worry about endangered bumblebees and declining songbird populations, there’s another threatened species you should fret over: hunters. In fact, the hunter is a keystone species of Virginia’s outdoors, and continued declines are worrying for everyone who supports wildlife conservation. Fees and taxes levied on hunting pay for a large chunk …

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Hunting Is Not Just for Guys

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Among other things, hunting provides savory meat for meals, the opportunity to learn outdoor skills and the chance to strengthen friendships in the field. A recent article penned by Brian Sexton shines a light on how hunting is not just a man’s activity. “A couple of seasons ago, my wife and I harvested a cow elk. Brooks stayed by my side all day, watching intently as I butchered the meat into steaks, stew meat and …

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Cross-Country Poaching Case Solved Thanks to Tip

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It’s approximately 1,400 miles from Wyoming to Tennessee but thanks to a tip by one landowner, game wardens were able to solve a poaching case that dated back to 2015. Back in September 2015, a warden with Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF) received a call regarding two mule deer that were shot dead west of Sheridan. The perpetrators removed the heads from the animals. A third mule deer carcass turned up about a month later. …

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Montana’s New CWD Management Plan to be Reviewed

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The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will review the final draft of the Montana Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan at its meeting on April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at FWP Headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Avenue, in Helena. Montana found its first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in October 2017. CWD is an always-fatal neurologic disease like mad cow disease that affects deer, elk, moose and caribou. There are no known risks …

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Oregon Wolf Population Up 11 Percent

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) wildlife biologists counted 124 wolves in Oregon this past winter, an 11 percent increase over the number counted last year. “The wolf population continues to grow and expand its range in Oregon,” said Roblyn Brown, ODFW Wolf Coordinator. “This year, we also documented resident wolves in the northern part of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains for the first time.” This count is based on verified wolf evidence (like visual observations, …

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Nebraska Commission to Discuss 2018 Elk Hunting Season

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider recommendations for 2018 elk, deer and hunting seasons when it meets April 19 at Fort Robinson State Park. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at Buffalo Barracks within the park, which is located 3 miles west of Crawford in northwestern Nebraska. Staff also will recommend the creation of regulations for a passage peregrine falcon trapping season. If approved, licensed falconers would have the opportunity to capture …

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Volunteers Contribute More than $21 Million in Value to RMEF Conservation Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s volunteer force of 11,000-strong donated more than $21 million in labor during 2017. “We have a profound gratitude for our volunteers who give so much of their time, talents and energy on behalf of RMEF,” said Nancy Holland, RMEF president and CEO. “They constantly go above and beyond in helping to further our shared conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting …

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Be ‘Bear Aware’ as You Head Outside this Spring

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Bears are waking up from hibernation so wildlife officials want to make sure people venturing outside to hike, fish or otherwise enjoy nature take precautions. “It’s a good time to begin thinking about large carnivore safety while you’re gearing up for all your spring and summer outdoor activities,” said Dusty Lasseter, Wyoming Game and Fish (WGF) Bear Wise coordinator. “Preparation and awareness regarding safety and conflict avoidance is just as important as planning any other …

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Citrus Infused Elk Gyros

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Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 20 minutesServes: 4-6 A classic Greek Gyro is made from pieces of meat stacked on a vertical rotisserie and slowly cooked using indirect heat. Once the meat exterior is crispy, pieces are then shaven off and used to fill flatbreads folded up with other accompanying ingredients such as potato fries, fresh onions, crispy cucumbers, tomatoes and a yogurt sauce called Tzatziki. Now my version of the Gyro has just a …

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Bothersome Ticks Can Be Deadly

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They are annoying. They are plentiful. And worst of all, they can be deadly. Ticks can trigger Lyme disease, Rocky Mounted spotted fever or other diseases that lead to sickness or much worse but they are also preventable. Outdoorsman Babe Winkelman recently launched the Tick-Borne Illness Information Center in an effort to raise awareness. “You and I have to learn that it’s not up to someone else to educate us. It’s your job for the …

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North Carolina Prescribed Fire to Benefit Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for low intensity 120-acre controlled burn in North Carolina’s Little Cataloochee within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Officials hope to carry out the work April 12 and 13. The burn is designed to restore oak woodland communities that benefit elk and other wildlife. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Service)

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Idaho to Host Open House Gatherings on 2018 Grizzly Hunt

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Want to weigh in on a proposed grizzly hunt in Idaho? The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will host two meetings designed to let the public provide additional input. The current proposal is to offer a tag for one grizzly bear for the fall season of 2018. Hunting is part of the grizzly bear conservation strategy and consistent with the management of bears in the greater Yellowstone area outside of the park and in …

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Report: Shooting Sports, Hunting Bolster Economy, Conservation

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A new report indicates the total impact of the firearms and ammunition industry on the American economy increased by 169 percent from 2008 to 2017. Not only did the impact increase from $19.1 billion to $51.4 billion over that time, but the number of full-time jobs the industry supports increased by 87 percent, from 166,000 to nearly 310,000. Data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation report also shows the amount of Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that …

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Montana Authorities: Help Us Find Poachers

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Game wardens need your help finding those responsible for a series of poaching elk and deer poaching incidents in northwest Montana. It happened near Columbia falls between Columbia Falls State Road and Highway 206. If you have any information, call (406) 250-9498, (406) 250-2097 or 1-800-TIP-MONT. (Photo source: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)