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Preparation… after the shot.

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With hunting seasons in full swing, the preparation for the hunts we have been thinking about all year are complete. Preparation for me, is almost as exciting as the hunt itself. I love doing the research into new areas, daily practice with my bow and making sure I have all the equipment necessary to survive or be comfortable on each hunt. What many hunters do not prepare for, are the decisions that need to be …

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Elk Hunter Found Dead in Idaho

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Authorities in southeast Idaho say a 79-year-old man from Oakley died after successfully harvesting an elk. Paul Schiffman did not return home after on October 31, 2019, north of Soda Springs. A search team used cell phone records to determine his approximate location and found him the following morning. The Carbon County Sheriff’s Department said it appeared Schiffman harvested an elk and was beginning to field dress it when he suffered some sort of medical …

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Important Safety Reminders for Hunting Season

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Below is a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It contains some good reminders for hunters of all experience levels. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recreational safety specialists and the state’s 4,100 volunteer hunter education instructors urge all hunters to keep your safety and the safety of those around you in mind at all times this fall. Hunters following the four firearm safety rules have resulted in a 94 percent reduction in …

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Elk Hoof Disease Research Facility Nears Completion

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Note: photo is from earlier in 2019 If everything proceeds as planned, construction on a facility designed to conduct research on elk hoof disease will wrap up before the end of 2019. The $1.2 million lab is located on the campus of Washington State University. “We’ve got to manage our expectations and recognize that this is a very complex situation. It’s not as though we can just do one experiment and have the answers to …

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Another Colorado County Says “No” to Forced Wolf Introduction

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Another county in Colorado is on the record opposing a possible ballot initiative that seeks to forcibly introduce wolves onto the landscape. Commissioners in Garfield County unanimously approved such a resolution. In doing so, they join commissioners in nearby Mesa and Moffat Counties. “I’m amazed that people would want to do something like this because I don’t think it would be good for anyone in any way,” said Mike Samson, Garfield County commissioner, as reported …

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RMEF Grants Assist Alaska’s Hunting Heritage

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our partners awarded $96,425 of grant funding to benefit Alaska’s hunting heritage. RMEF directly granted $49,400 and leveraged an additional $47,025 in partner funding. “Hunting and shooting sports are core to the lifestyles of Alaskans. These grants assist with a variety of programs and events ranging from a youth firearm safety camp to a women’s outdoor program to sponsorship of one of the nation’s top rifle programs,” said …

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YETI Becomes Official Cooler, Drinkware and Cargo of RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce that YETI is now its official drinkware, cooler and cargo partner. “It is difficult to quantify the depth of YETI’s support for RMEF’s mission over the past 10 years.  We truly appreciate them as a valued partner with a strong commitment to hunting and conservation,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “In fact, over the last decade YETI’s direct contributions, combined with product …

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Agreement Finalized to Open Access to 336,630 Acres of North Idaho Timberlands

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Agreement Finalized to Open Access to 336,630 Acres of North Idaho Timberlands Below is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. With final agreements now signed, hunters, anglers, trappers and other recreationists have access to 336,630 more acres of private timberland through an agreement between the landowners and Fish and Game. You can see locations of the parcels on Fish and Game’s Map Center. Fish and Game officials announced the agreements …

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Reward Offered in Poaching of Bull Elk in Southeast Montana

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Below is a news release from Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information about a large, mature bull elk that was shot illegally Sunday night (10/27/2019) along Sarpy Basin Road east of Hardin and left to waste. FWP game warden Matt Ladd said remains of the elk were left on private property along the county road. The head had been removed, …

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Oklahoma Teenager Takes Giant Whitetail

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An 18-year-old Oklahoma State University freshman recently rushed home from his after-school job, grabbed his bow and headed to a treestand on the family property, where trail cameras previously captured evidence of a nice whitetail buck for at least a couple of years. “I wasn’t going to go, but my friends said, ‘You know he’s going to be out there when you’re not there’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s it, I’m going,’ ” Womack told …

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Bull Elk Poached in Southern Utah

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Authorities need your help finding who poached a bull elk in south-central Utah. They say it happened sometime between October 19 (2019) and October 22 near mile marker 50 on Highway 12, about nine miles west of Escalante. The perpetrator shot the animal and left the meat to waste. It took place on the Plateau, Boulder/Kaiparowits limited-entry bull elk hunting unit, but there were no active bull elk hunts when this bull was killed. If …

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RMEF Grant Funding Opens Door to New Minnesota Archery Range

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Bowhunters and archers in southwest Minnesota will soon have a new place to practice thanks to grant funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The grant, combined with funding of partner groups, will allow for the construction of a new archery range in Marshall. “It’s going to be a nice setup,” Preston Stensrud, Marshall Parks supervisor, told the Marshall Independent. “It will be a place for local archers to come out and shoot,” The …

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Help Needed to Find Utah Elk Poacher

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers received information (on 10/12/2019) about a bull elk that had been shot and left to waste north of Sage Well in Iron County. The bull’s antlers had been removed. The following day, Officer Kody Jones responded to investigate the scene and located the elk near a roadway. He determined that the animal had been shot multiple times, the antlers had been illegally collected and the meat had been …

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Hunter Gored to Death by Buck He Shot

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An experienced Arkansas deer hunter died after the buck he shot rose to its feet and gored him. “I’ve worked for the Game and Fish Commission for 20 years, and it’s one of the stranger things that’s happened,” Keith Stephens, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman, told KYTV-TV. Authorities say 66-year-old Thomas Alexander shot a buck with his muzzleloader near Yellville in the northern part of the state. He apparently approached the animal after some …

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Fire is Good for Forest Health

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Researchers say it’s more important than ever to get more controlled fire on the landscape. “Science tells us these are fire-adapted ecosystems and we have to get fire back on the ground, and that’s a key strategy for mitigating future fire and also for the long-term resilience of those ecosystems,” Courtney Schultz, Colorado State University professor of natural resource policy and governance, told KUNC radio. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports prescribed fire as a …