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Greenup Helps Drive Elk Migrations

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A scientific study monitoring the migratory movements of elk in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks indicates the animals follow their stomachs in search of the best forage.  “The decisions that these animals make about when to migrate are absolutely dependent on changes in the landscape, changes that are ultimately governed by the climate,” Arthur Middleton, assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley and study lead, told the Post Register. “And in the future, with climate …

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Poll: Wyoming Residents Support Wildlife and Migration Corridors

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Findings from a new poll conducted by the University of Wyoming show respondents support a range of policy actions related to the conservation of big-game migration corridors. “These results show that Wyoming voters support a range of policies to maintain big-game migration corridors,” says Drew Bennett, Whitney MacMillan University of Wyoming professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. “Voters overwhelmingly support actions such as constructing new overpasses to allow animals to cross …

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Nebraska Approves 2020 Mountain Lion Hunting

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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a mountain lion hunting season for 2020. The season will provide a harvest opportunity for up to eight mountain lions in two sub-units within the Pine Ridge of northwestern Nebraska. It will allow the population to remain resilient and healthy, while halting growth or moderately reducing the population size. This will initiate a reduction of the population density in the Pine Ridge to one similar to that of …

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Michigan Seeks to Expand Public Access Hunting

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Looking to expand and improve hunting opportunity and wildlife management, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaching out to landowners across 14 counties in an effort to expand its Hunting Access Program. “You can get paid to help with wildlife disease management, support the local economy and reduce wildlife conflicts on your property,” said Monique Harris, DNR hunting access program coordinator. Landowners play a key role in helping Michigan’s deer population. The program …

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Burns Do a Forest Good

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More prescribed burns are on the way in southern Idaho and moose, elk and other big game are the winners. Wildlife biologists and land managers are seeking to apply more landscape-scale burn projects in an effort to enhance habitat, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve overall forest health. “For a long time it was, ‘Fires are bad.’ That was the thought.” Scott Soletti, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) wildlife biologist, told the Times-News. “We …

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Beware of Bogus CDFW License Sales Websites

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has been made aware of several websites that improperly charge customers extra fees for online fishing and hunting license purchases and collect sensitive personal information as part of their unauthorized transactions. California hunting and fishing licenses may properly be purchased in only one of four ways: The ALDS, which is CDFW’s exclusive means of online license sales, was launched in 2011. ALDS can be accessed via CDFW’s …

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‘National Park’ Open to the Public in Washington

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It covers a little more than 1,400 acres but just about has it all—springs, rugged terrain, forests, waterfalls, a lake, elk, deer and other wildlife. “It’s like a national park within 1,400 acres,” Bill Richardson, Oregon-Washington senior lands program manager for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, told the Columbian. “It’s not just recreational access, it’s hunting access, it’s fishing access. Merrill Lake is one of the premier fly-fishing lakes in the state.” RMEF worked with …

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‘Idaho Hunting University’ to Help Novice, Veteran Hunters

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The Southeast Region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is hosting a new public event aimed at getting hunters ready for hunting season this fall. The Southeast Idaho Hunting University will take place on August 3, 2019, at the Pocatello Trap Club located at 1442 Fortress Road (near the Pocatello airport). The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes archery and trap shooting, watching hunting dogs in action, learning …

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Restoring Elk Country-Little Snowy Mountains Montana

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Due to fire suppression and a lack of active management, forests can become unnaturally dense and overgrown…and that’s bad news for elk and other wildlife in need of quality forage and habitat. With that in mind, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest implemented a multi-year, landscape-scale project in 2014 in the Little Snowy Mountains of central Montana where native grasses, shrubs and tree stands were ailing. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding assistance allowing …

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Cow Elk Travels 250 Miles to Give Birth

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Talk about a long, long walk. Researchers in northwest Colorado say a cow elk covered more than 250 miles and even crossed the Continental Divide before giving birth to a calf.  “This is a significant movement distance,” Kris Middledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager, told the Steamboat Pilot & Today. “This is probably one of the few places in Colorado where you see that kind of movement. … It’s exceptional.”  Researchers were able to monitor …

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BONE-CRUSHING PRECISION OUT TO THE FARTHEST REACHES

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The Premier Scirocco Bonded line is some of the most versatile and reliable big-game ammunition offered today. The expansion-generating polymer tip and boat tail base combine to defy air resistance at the front end, and reduce drag at the back. The progressively thickening, heavy-based, pure copper jacket is bonded to the lead core to preserve bullet integrity and retain over 75% of its weight at all velocities. Finally, the bullet’s precise concentricity and secant ogive …

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Post Season Reflection

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Now is the best time of year to reflect and prep for next season.  Now that most seasons have wrapped up, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what worked and more importantly, what didn’t.  Remember the old adage, ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’  This is the best time of year to think about your needs and begin to prep. ‘I was cold last season’ is the most common statement we …

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La Fragua New Mexico – onX Public Access Project

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North-central New Mexico, specifically the Jicarilla Ranger District on the Carson National Forest, boasts rugged country home to elk, mule deer and other species. But getting to a portion of it became difficult after access was cut off via a route locals call La Fragua Road. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s Open Gate Hunting and Fishing Access program took notice and identified a spot where constructing a short cutoff road from Dead Horse …

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Missouri Seeks Input on Potential 2020 Elk Hunt

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the Commission’s public meeting June 28 at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The Commission gave its initial approval of the proposed plan, and MDC is asking for public comments. According to MDC Elk and Deer Biologist Aaron Hildreth, who presented the elk-hunting plan at the meeting, MDC will begin offering a limited season for …