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Watch: Non-Hunter Takes Up Hunting

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“Hunting has never been a part of my life. I have never desired to take down a bull elk with a gun or even whack a trout on the head. Yet, somehow, I found myself in a hunter education class, enjoying the lessons and learning more than I ever expected. If I’m clearly not a hunter, why on earth did I sign up for hunter-ed?” Those are the words of Crystal Egli, a videographer with …

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104-Year-Old Grandma Takes Whitetail Buck

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You don’t need to take a hunter education course in Wisconsin if you’re born before 1973. Florence Teeters has that date beat by 58 years! The 104-year-old Wisconsin woman recently bagged a young whitetail buck while hunting with her youngest son, Bill. “I took mom out to the blind this year,” Bill told WMTV. “I had a nice chair for her and it was nice and warm. A little after 4 p.m., a buck shows …

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Cow Elk, Calf Drown in Montana Reservoir

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Wildlife rescue attempts do not always have happy endings. Unfortunately, despite a valiant effort, that is what happened in central Montana. A cow elk and a calf fell through the ice on Lake Sutherlin, approximately 75 miles east of Helena. With the help of the local sheriff, a biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks gathered some equipment and made his way toward the animals. He tried to lasso the two with a rope but …

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Bull Elk Poached in Montana, Help Find Culprits

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are investigating the poaching of a bull elk that someone shot and killed south of Columbia Falls between Montana Highway 206 and the Flathead River. The animal turned up dead in a field northwest of Sullivan Crossroad and Middle Road. Authorities believe it happened the night of November 18 or the morning of November 19. If you have any information, call (406) 210-0569 or 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). (Photo source: …

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Help Shape Arizona’s Elk Hunting Future

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) recently published its recommendations for the 2020 and 2021 elk, pronghorn and fall turkey and population management hunts, and wants to know what you think. The recommendations spell out dates, areas, species, sex of species and number of suggested permits. AFGD comes to that determination by using science-based methods to assure wildlife is managed within the biological limits of each species. It also develops management strategies that consider …

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Idaho 2020 Nonresident Elk, Deer Tags Go on Sale Dec. 1

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If you don’t live in Idaho but want to hunt there in 2020, the application period opens on Dec. 1. That applies to both elk and deer tags except for Sawtooth Zone elk tags, which go on sale May 11. Pioneer Zone elk B tags and Big Desert Zone elk B tags will also be available to nonresident hunters on Dec. 1. Nonresident deer and elk tags sold out in recent years by mid-September, and …

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Michigan Seeks Help Solving Second Elk Poaching Within a Week

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in Gaylord are seeking information regarding a bull elk poached this week in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta. That marks the second elk illegally killed within days in northern Michigan. Conservation officers found the bull elk near Teets Trail, west of Voyer Lake Road. They say someone killed it with a single gunshot and they believe a hunter mistook it for a deer. “The great news is that …

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Utah’s Elk Festival Set for Dec. 7

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Below is a news release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Another chance to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the middle of hundreds of wild elk is almost here. To celebrate the start of another elk-viewing season, staff at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area will hold the annual Elk Festival on Dec. 7. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Except for a fee to ride through the elk …

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Want to Become a “Montana Master Hunter? Apply Now

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One Montana’s Master Hunter Program is accepting applications November 15, 2019 to January 10, 2020 for its 2020 classes. Supported by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other organizations, the rigorous program offers advanced education to increase hunter competence, skills, knowledge and ethics. In addition, the program helps landowners with their wildlife management challenges as graduates have the opportunity to access ranches that currently may not be open to public hunting. 2020 classes will take …

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Hunters Played Role in First Thanksgiving Turkey Meal, Restored Populations Since

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It happened in the fall of 1621. Pilgrims, including 50 who were on the Mayflower, gathered with 90 Native Americans at Plymouth (in modern-day Massachusetts) to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Among other things, hunters went into the woods and killed wild turkey, deer and waterfowl. That harvest celebration later evolved into what we now call Thanksgiving. Wild turkeys remained a food staple in the Thirteen Colonies for decades but were eventually extirpated …

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Montana Records First Suspected Case of CWD in Wild Elk

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Below is a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.   Montana recorded its first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in wild elk on Nov. 25, 2019. The cow elk was harvested by a landowner on private land northeast of Red Lodge earlier this month and samples were extracted from the carcass in Billings Nov. 6. Tests results confirming the suspected presence of the disease were returned to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks …

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Bull Elk Poached in Central Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens need your help trying to find the person(s) responsible for illegally shooting a mature bull elk shot in rural central Montana. It happened on Nov. 8 (2019) in Fergus County between Lewistown and Grass Range and it was left to waste. More specifically, the poaching took place near Surenuff and Flatwillow Roads on private property in the Little Snowy Mountains. The perpetrator(s) also removed the elk’s head. If you …

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Nevada Elk Country, Hunting Heritage Receive $616,000 in Grants

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded $616,505 of grant funding in Nevada to benefit elk habitat stewardship work and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $143,455 and leveraged an additional $473,050 in partner funding. “One of the biggest negative impacts on elk country in eastern Nevada is the explosion of pinyon and juniper trees that crowd out native, nutritional forage for elk and other wildlife. This grant funding directly addresses …

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Study: Oregon Coastal Elk Don’t Go Very Far

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Biologists in southwest Oregon wrapped up the first year of a study designed to monitor the movement of elk. What they found is the animals have most everything they need so they remain along the Oregon Coast. “We try to help as much as we can by managing the species but we don’t own a lot of land as the state. So, we can provide the information to other agencies and tell them better ideas …

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Montana Man Arrested for Poaching, Wasting Three Bull Elk

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Authorities arrested and jailed a man from the small central Montana town of Roundup on two felony and 19 misdemeanor charges from two August incidents that left three trophy bull elk dead in Musselshell County. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens arrested Earl Russell Benes, 23, on a $10,000 warrant. He since posted bond and is out of jail. Wardens say someone killed two bulls from a vehicle along U.S. Highway 12 about 10 …