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State Agencies: Give Wildlife a Break

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Late winter can be a stressful time for deer and elk with deep snow, limited food options and depleted fat reserves. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give deer and elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed. The message is similar in Idaho. “Right now, deer and elk are just trying to hang on through spring green-up,” Greg Painter, Idaho …

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LWCF Finally Permanently Authorized

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A key conservation program is now permanently authorized after President Trump signed S.47 into law. The Land and Water Conservation Program protected millions of acres of habitat since it was first created in 1964. It directs lawmakers to appropriate up to $900 million annually from federal offshore drilling fees for the protection of important land, water and recreational areas for all Americans to enjoy. For the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation alone, LWCF so far provided …

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DOI Partners with Private Land Owners to Fund Conservation Initiatives

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Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that through continued implementation of Secretarial Order 3362, “Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors,” $1.5 million in private land habitat projects were approved. The funding and technical support is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. “The important role that private lands play in conservation cannot be overstated,” said Acting Secretary Bernhardt. “Of course, our …

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Oklahoma Man Claims New Nontypical Elk Record

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Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time. That’s exactly what happened to Tyson Heibert. And because of that and a keen eye with his bow, he now holds  the new state record for a nontypical elk. “Somehow, luckily, he ran right in front of me,” Heibert told The Oklahoman. “I just drew my bow and let her fly… I had no idea what I had when I shot him.” …

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Poacher Sought in Olympic National Park

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A visitor to Olympic National Park in Washington reported a dead cow elk on Upper Hoh Road on February 15, 2019. Investigators determined the poachers made no effort to remove the meat. Olympic National Park maintains it protects the largest population of Roosevelt elk in its natural environment in the world. Call 1-888-653-0009 if you have information about this incident. (Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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RMEF Staffer Recognized for Contributions to Conservation

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recognized Leah Burgess, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation land program manager for Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, as its Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust 2018 Partner of the Year. The honor is part of a wider month-long celebration of women and the impact they have in conserving America’s wildlife. Below is text taken from the award announcement. Leah finds great satisfaction in the work of permanently protecting Wyoming’s …

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Wyoming Program Improves Public Access for Hunting, Fishing

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There’s more access for hunting and fishing in Wyoming thanks to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department program that uses public donations to open private land. In 2018, the Access Yes program provided more than 2.8 million acres of hunting access as well as 4,006 lake acres and 86 stream miles for fishing on otherwise inaccessible private, state and landlocked public lands through partnerships with private landowners. “Each year we partner with landowners to increase …

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RMEF Board of Directors Welcomes New Chair, Members

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce Fred Lekse has been elected its new chairman of the Board of Directors. A RMEF life member and avid hunter, Lekse is the 19th chairman to lead the organization. “It is an honor and a privilege to assume this new responsibility,” said Lekse. “I am excited to work alongside my fellow board members in providing high level direction to better help accelerate RMEF’s mission of …

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Pursue The Wild – Hunters, Whitetails & Conservation

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In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Hunters, Whitetails & Conservation, Kristy Titus ventures to Kansas in pursuit of whitetail deer. During the episode, she takes a look back to the early 1900’s, where whitetail deer populations were rapidly declining. Today, thanks to the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation, spearheaded by hunters and the support of organizations like The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, whitetail deer numbers exceed 32 million nationwide. This is a …

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Steel Wire vs Synthetic Winch Rope

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WARN synthetic rope, such as its Spydura line, is made from an ultra-high molecular polyethylene material. It receives a coat of urethane that helps protect the rope from the effects of ultra-violet rays and chemicals, two enemies of synthetic rope. The rope also includes a sliding sleeve to help protect it from wear and abrasion while winching. All WARN truck and SUV winches equipped with synthetic rope should be used with a hawse fairlead.  Synthetic …

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Hunting, Fishing Boost North Dakota’s Economy

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Hunting and fishing in North Dakota contributed an estimated $2.1 billion in annual input to the state’s economy, according to a recent report by the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University. The report, commissioned by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, tracked hunter and angler expenditures for the 2017-18 hunting and fishing seasons. Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand said the last time the agency commissioned an economic …

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Idaho Unveils 2019-2020 Big Game Season Proposals

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s final proposals for the 2019-20 big game seasons are now available to the public online. Fish and Game modified certain big game hunting season proposals that were publicized and discussed online and during about 30 public meetings across the state in February. In total, nearly 1,300 people attended those meetings, and the proposals received about 3,350 comments. “There were some pretty significant changes, and it was in response …

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Minnesota Offers Grants to Get More People Hunting and Fishing

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Groups that help people become hunters or anglers – or keep on hunting or fishing – can apply for grants from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Minnesota’s hunting and fishing tradition is still strong but we’re seeking to address a steady decline in the percentage of people who hunt or fish,” said Jeff Ledermann, DNR education and skills supervisor. Priority in awarding grants will go to programs for new and diverse audiences and …

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RMEF Donation Benefits Oregon College, Conservation

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The Snake River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $500 to benefit the Natural Resources Department at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. The funding will go toward an endowed scholarship at the school. Students assist the local chapter in its efforts of raising funds for RMEF’s mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. “With the help of Marcus (Nichols, Natural Resources instructor) and …

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U.S. Seeks to Delist Wolves in Lower 48

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the intention to delist gray wolves in the continental United States. Wolves are currently above objective in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and are spreading into California, Oregon, Washington and other states. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has long maintained that wolves should be delisted and managed by state wildlife agencies, just as they manage all other wildlife species including elk, deer, bears, pronghorn antelope and mountains lions,” said Kyle …