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Four Wisconsinites Drawn for Inaugural Elk Hunt, RMEF to Unveil Fifth

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Four residents of Wisconsin beat the odds and had their names drawn from among 38,000-plus entries for the state’s first-ever managed elk hunt to take place in 2018. “This is an historic time for the department and I would like to sincerely thank all those who applied for an elk license,” said Kevin Wallenfang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deer and elk ecologist. “It was a privilege to call all the winners and personally congratulate …

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RMEF, Partners Talk CWD in Washington DC

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently co-sponsored a gathering in Washington D.C. focusing on Chronic Wasting Disease and legislation aimed at dealing with it. Below is a news release from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members, Conservation Partners Discuss Urgency of Chronic Wasting Disease Washington D.C.—Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members joined representatives from the sportsmen’s conservation community for a bipartisan Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) to discuss …

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Hunting IS Conservation – Reintroducing Fire on a Fire Dependent Landscape

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Seeking to reintroduce beneficial fire to a fire-dependent ecosystem following 120 years of fire suppression, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation partnered with the Santa Fe National Forest on two prescribed burns in New Mexico. RMEF provided funding to assist the landscape-scale project plan to eventually burn more than 100,000 acres of important elk and winter deer winter range. Additional benefits include improved habitat niches such as openings, snags, maintenance of hiding cover and an increase …

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SUV Kills Cow Elk, Motorists Deliver Calf

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An SUV struck and killed a pregnant cow elk as it tried to cross a highway near Flagstaff, Arizona. When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, they found two motorists who took action. The man and woman saw that the elk delivered a calf before it died so they used a blanket and towel to dry it off. The calf suffered minor trauma but did try to stand on its own. At last word, the …

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RMEF Partner Recognized for Conservation Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works with a wide range of partners to carry out its conservation mission all across elk country. Below is a news release from PacifiCorp that highlights a 2017 PacifiCorp-RMEF collaborative project. PacifiCorp Wins National Award for Land Conservation June 12, 2018 PORTLAND, Ore. — PacifiCorp has won a 2018 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Recreational, Environmental, & Historical Enhancement Award for its efforts in land preservation and environmental stewardship …

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Oregon Teen Pleads Guilty to Long List of Poaching Charges

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An 18-year-old in Pendleton, Oregon, plead guilty to a lengthy list of misdemeanor charges related to the illegal taking of wildlife on private and public lands within Umatilla County. Joseph Reide St. Pierre received a 30-day jail sentence as well as $50,000 restitution, five years’ probation and a lifetime hunting suspension. The judge also ordered him to pay a $500 compensatory fine to benefit a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation youth day event. Here is the …

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June 15 Deadline to Apply for Minnesota Elk Hunt

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering 22 once-in-a-lifetime elk hunting licenses in 2018 but the deadline to apply is June 15. “A number of antlerless-only elk licenses are being offered this year for the Kittson-Central herd to reduce that population,” said Erik Thorson, DNR acting big game program leader, told the Minnesota Ag Connection. “Our latest survey counted 75 elk in this herd, which is above the population goal of 50 to …

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More Pennsylvania Elk Country Protected, Open to Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Another piece of Pennsylvania elk country is permanently protected and open to public access thanks to a collaborative effort by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). The Woodring Farm II project entails 37 acres and is the newest addition to State Game Lands 311. It is located near a project finalized in 2014 and marks the 13th RMEF land protection and access project in Pennsylvania elk country. “Even though …

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Calling and Decoying Elk in Timber

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Bowhunting for big bull elk is known to cause fits of “buck fever” like you’ve never experienced. Learn to call and decoy elk in the timber, and hold on to your shaky knees. As the bachelor herds begin breaking up in exchange for as many of the opposite sex as they can gather, a bull will be ready to fiercely guard his harem once it is formed. During this time of year, elk are sticking …

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Wandering Elk Lookin’ for Love

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A lone bull elk is wandering around the western portion of North Carolina apparently in search of a mate. “Typically, this time of year some young bulls will just take off on their own and wander,” said Mike Carraway, with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, told WLOS-TV. “Well, like any teenager he’s probably got that on is mind, and he may be wandering around to look for cows, being that in the little herd he …

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What Happens During Elk Calving Season

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Tis the season for young elk to be welcomed into the world. Below are the words of Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission Elk Biologist. The majority of cow elk are bred around the third week in September. After a 245-day gestation period, cows will separate from the rest of the herd to give birth during the first two weeks of June. Elk calves have white spots at birth and weigh between 30-40 pounds. Within 30 …

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Missouri Volunteers Work Hard, Have Fun at Rendezvous

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation members in the state of Missouri held their second consecutive Rendezvous (June 1-2) at the Peck Conservation Ranch near Winona. About 15 people took part in the Saturday morning projects which included cleaning trails and archery range as well the disassembly of a holding pin from the original elk relocation and release six years ago. It wasn’t all work for those on hand either. Some volunteers showed up Friday evening to …

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Train To Survive with Real World Tactical

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If evil should ever knock at your door the decisions that you make in that moment will change your life, forever. Your life is worth fighting for and when people choose violence and want to cause you pain, you are your own first line of defense. Join Kristy Titus in her latest episode of Pursue The Wild where she trains with US Marine Corps Veteran and retired law enforcement SWAT Operator, Tony Sentmanant of Real …