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Tangled Bull Elk Put Down in Montana

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Wildlife officials in Montana put down two bull elk that were tangled in bailing twine, each other and a tree. When eventually found, both animals were too weak to be tranquilized. “The message is pick up all your baling twine,” Bob Gibson, FWP information and education manager, told KTVQ-TV. “But we aren’t sure where it got picked up. The rancher said, ‘I pick up my baling twine. I don’t leave it lying around.’ And this …

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Bull Elk vs. Wallow

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Fall is a magical time in elk country. It is a time when bull elk take to bugling, dueling and seeking to gather a harm of cow elk. In doing so, they often seek out muddy wallows to coat themselves with urine “perfume” to attract even more cows. (Video source: MsEddymusic)

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Survey: Some are Mentoring Future Hunters, Shooters

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New surveys indicate 34 percent of active hunters and 43 percent of active recreational shooters took at least one child hunting or shooting in the past 12 months. “Mentors and mentoring programs are the best way to grow the next generation of sportsmen, and it’s encouraging to see this role carried out by many hunters and recreational shooting enthusiasts,” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designed and conducted the surveys. At least 17 …

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Stewardship Project to Benefit New Mexico Elk Habitat

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Elk and other wildlife in southwest New Mexico get upgraded habitat thanks to prescribed burning activity in the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest. According to the Grant County Beat, crews plan to carry out the treatment across 320 acres west of Camp Thunderbird between October 22 and November 16. Prescribed burns improve forage by removing downed limbs and other woody debris on the forest floor thus allowing grass and a diversity of …

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Removing Ban on Mountain Lion Hunting with Hounds

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One month after a mountain lion killed a hiker and citing increasing species’ numbers, lawmakers in Oregon are considering removing a ban on hunting the animals with hounds. According to KMTR-TV, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife presented its mountain lion management plan to the Oregon House Interim Committee on Agricultural and Natural Resources. During the meeting, one legislator proposed again allowing hunters the opportunity to hunt mountain lions while using dogs. A bill …

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Kentucky Finding May Be Linked to Extinct Elk

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Can a leisurely hike in the woods take you back hundreds or even thousands of years earlier? That may be what happened in northern Kentucky. According to WLEX-TV, a man from Louisville found a unique looking fossil in a small pool of water just off of Vaughn Branch Stream. Since then, a number of scientists tried to figure out where it came from. Dr. Chris Widga, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University, claims it …

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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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The Legacy Becomes Me- Part 1

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The stories told of the Mackenzie Mountains are captivating. There is a legacy that lives within them as every time they are told, they pass along the torch of desire from one hunter on to another. Creating a fire within that cannot be ignored. The stories; they take you North. 

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Teaters Road Oregon Public Access Project

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Imagine growing up in central Oregon and hunting elk on 43,000 acres of public land. But then getting access to that land just disappeared. That almost happened south of Prineville in the scenic Crooked River drainage. At issue was what was thought to be a public road through private land that led to the Ochoco (OH’-chu-koh) National Forest. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided title work and research that showed continuous public use of the …

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Trespassing Leads to Charges in Washington

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Below is a Facebook post from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: WDFW Officer Wessel responded to a hunting-while-trespassing call with a Clallam County deputy on the last day of elk archery last week. She was informed that the hunters had already left; however, after going over two barbed-wire fences and crawling under an electric fence, Officer Wessel came upon flashlights shining off in a distant field.   Upon contacting the hunter, he …

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Bull Elk Rescued from Fencing, Second Animal Dies

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Below is a Facebook post from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: Two bull elk in the Ochoco Unit were recently spotted stuck together and tied up in wire fencing, something we see quite a bit this time of year. One bull had died from injuries sustained from fighting and being wrapped in the barb wire. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers were able to radio dispatch and notify the Prineville field …