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Eighty Percent of Americans Approve of Hunting

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A new survey indicates eight of 10 Americans approve of hunting. That marks the highest approval rating since the first study in 1975. Responsive Management, a research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues that previously worked with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other organizations, conducted the survey. It obtained more than 3,000 completed interviews. The study used the term legal hunting in case a respondent interpreted the single term “hunting” as …

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Idaho Seeks to Intervene in Federal Lawsuit about Black Bear Baiting

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The Idaho Fish and Game Commission asked a federal court to let it join a federal lawsuit regarding black bear baiting on national forest lands in Idaho and Wyoming to defend its authority to regulate hunting activities without additional federal regulations. Filings were submitted in the United States District Court in Idaho. The environmental group WildEarth Guardians brought the lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act and asked the Court to …

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Mountain Lion Attacks Increasing in Colorado

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So far in 2019, there have been three mountain lion attacks in Colorado. “Mountain lion attacks are rare. We’ve had 22 since 1990,” Jason Clay, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, told KUSA-TV. “I think it’s a misconception that mountain lions do not use urban areas. They do. All along the Front Range is good mountain lion habitat.” An eight-year-old boy recently suffered injuries after a mountain lion mauled him as he played in his yard. …

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Listen for Bugling Elk at Wind Cave National Park

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The folks at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota have a message for you: “Come listen to bugling elk with us!” “We encourage people to visit the park in the fall and listen for elk,” said Park Superintendent Vidal Dávila. “It’s a real sound of the season and something fun to listen for each year. Evening or early morning hours are best, and pullouts along Highway 87 usually have less traffic noise than those …

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Bull Elk Freed from Tangled Fence in Pennsylvania

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Below is a Facebook post from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Multiple calls came in to the Game Commission on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 4, about a bull elk being tangled in a fence outside of Benezette in Elk County. State Game Wardens Kolton Mueller and Jason Wagner responded to the calls. Game Commission Elk Biologist Aide Avery Corondi also was on scene to sedate the bull and to assist with freeing the animal from …

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Black Bear Kills Minnesota Woman

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Authorities in Canada are trying to determine why a yearling black bear killed a woman from Minnesota. According to the Star Tribune, it happened a mere quarter mile north of the U.S.-Canada border approximately 10 miles northeast of International Falls, Minnesota. Catherine Sweatt-Mueller was attending a family reunion on Red Pine Island. She heard her two dogs barking outside her cabin and went to investigate but did not return. Authorities found her dead with the …

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Colorado Seeks Input on San Luis Valley Elk Hunting

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Below is a portion of a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is seeking public comment on a proposal to limit elk licenses in the southern San Luis Valley. Input can be provided through a short on-line survey. The deadline to submit comments on-line is Sept. 10. CPW is considering making Game Management Unit 83 totally limited for elk hunting because of safety concerns and big-game management needs. A …

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Gear 101 – Browning BXS Ammunition

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BXS Solid Expansion Big Game & Deer is strategically designed to leave a lethal mark on large game with tough hide. The polymer tipped copper bullet is constructed for controlled expansion and deep penetration, creating a devastating impact. The nickel-plated shellcases resist corrosion and improve feeding, so you can quickly deliver with knockdown assurance. Learn More Here: http://browningammo.com

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RMEF Grants Beef Up New Mexico Wildlife Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $114,008 in grants to fund 17 conservation and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico. That funding leveraged an additional $343,760 in partner funding put on the ground to benefit elk and other wildlife. “New Mexico is an extremely arid region where water often comes at a premium. That’s why three of our projects focus on improving wildlife water sources,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Our grants …

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Mountain Lion Believed Involved in Incident, Put Down in Oregon

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff and partners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services captured and killed a female mountain lion suspected to be involved in an encounter with a jogger in Oregon State University’s Dunn Forest on August 31. “We believe this aggressive cougar was captured and put down today,” said Brian Wolfer, ODFW watershed manager. “Cougars are territorial so few cougars will use the same area. The fact that …

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Pennsylvania Elk Cam Back Online

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Want to see elk in Pennsylvania without traveling there? The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) just fired up its live elk cam. Go here to see it. PGC installed a camera on State Game Lands 311 in Elk County, in a field that typically is a hub of elk activity as the bugling season heats up. Viewers can expect not only to see elk, but turkeys, deer and other wildlife, as well. The live stream is …

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Record Wolf Predations Plague Idaho for Second Straight Year

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It is not a record Idaho ranchers want any part of. For the second consecutive year, wolf depredations on livestock hit an all-time high in the Gem State. According to the Idaho Farm Bureau, 264 investigations conducted by Idaho Wildlife Services from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, confirmed 175 wolf depredations. That compares to 140 confirmed attacks the previous year. The Idaho wolf control board is responsible for funding the lethal removal of …

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RMEF Steps Up to Help Oregon Mule Deer (and Elk Too)

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Crossing a busy stretch of U.S. Highway 97 in central Oregon can be deadly for mule deer, elk and other wildlife. For the sake of wildlife and driver safety, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, several other partners including community members provided funding for the construction of a wildlife undercrossing near Gilchrist. “Mule deer need to move seasonally fall and spring between their winter and summer ranges. And they show a very strong fidelity to those …

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Warning Issued about Aggressive Elk

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The rut marks the most magical time of the year to view elk and elk behavior. However, for those not familiar with elk, it can often be dangerous. That’s why Yellowstone National Park again issued safety guidelines for tourists not so familiar with such behavior. Among the suggestions is to remain at least 25 yards away from elk (although allowing much more space would be even better and safer).  Other suggestions include seeking shelter in …

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Watch Webcast about Missouri Elk, Possible 2020 Hunt

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a webcast on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. (ET) to talk about elk and elk hunting. Get information on seeing free-ranging wild elk in Missouri and on Missouri’s first upcoming elk-hunting season, possibly starting as soon as 2020. MDC experts will share information and webcast participants can post questions through the webcast. Elk are a native species in Missouri but became extinct in the …