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Wolf vs. Wolf War in Wyoming

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It is common knowledge that elk are the number-one entrée on a wolf’s menu. But what happens when elk are scarce? That’s exactly the case right now in Wyoming’s Gros Ventre Wilderness outside of Yellowstone National Park, where feedgrounds are usually teaming with elk. And because of that wolves are turning on each other. “Wolves are acting kind of like Yellowstone wolves right now,” Ken Mills, Wyoming Game and Fish Department wolf biologist, told the …

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Study: Elk + Magpie = “Friends?”

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If you do a Google search, you’ll find scores of images of elk with magpies perched on their backs, shoulders or even heads. A scientist recently stated that personality may determine whether elk and magpies become “friends.” Dr. Karen Shaw Becker recently wrote that nature highlights all kinds of unlikely relationships—elk and magpies among them. She backed up her assertion by relating part of a study that shows how elk are the beneficiaries of such …

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Arizona 2018 Elk Hunt Application Deadline Approaches

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The clock is ticking for hunters yet to apply online for 2018 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for elk and pronghorn. All online applications must be received by the Arizona Game and Fish Department no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Feb. 13.  The department also reminds hunters who apply, or have applied, online that 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Thursday, March 1, is the deadline to update credit card or debit card …

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Conservation Partners Support RMEF’s Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation wishes to show its appreciation for the sponsors of its Access Elk Country Initiative and Elk Country Legacy program. “These businesses are not just organizations that value RMEF’s on-the-ground work, they are industry leaders that demonstrate passion and vision in supporting conservation, public access and our hunting heritage,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We consider them conservation partners.” 2017 conservation highlights: The Elk Country Legacy campaign …

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The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States Resigned-Here’s Why It Matters

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Below is an Outdoor Life article reposted with the magazine’s permission. What hunters (and non-hunters) need to know about the recent news at one of the nation’s largest anti-hunting organizations The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States resigned on Friday (Feb. 2) amid allegations of sexual harassment. Although HSUS board members voted to retain Wayne Pacelle as chief executive, seven board members resigned in protest and donors began to pull funding, ultimately …

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Long Term Safety at the Range

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Let’s say you’re already well-versed in shooting range safety: always assume your weapon is loaded, safety on at all times, etc. But how about protecting your eyes and ears? Going deaf won’t kill you, but it will get annoying as you age. Get a blast of dirt, powder or a spent cartridge in your eye, and you’ll wish you had worn safety glasses. In this article we’ll take you through the basics of staying safe …

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Small Colorado Project Has Big Public Access Benefits

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a conservation-minded landowner, the Bureau of Land Management and Bass Pro Shops to permanently protect and conserve a 28-acre property that improves access to 8,500 acres of public land. The Middle Creek project is located in south-central Colorado at the northern end of the San Luis Valley. “We are grateful to a willing seller and RMEF member who appreciates wildlife values and supports our goal to …

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RMEF Helps Establish the Utah Sportsman’s Caucus

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There’s a new legislative body in the state of Utah that looks out for hunters and anglers. It’s called the Utah Sportsman’s Caucus. During the summer of 2017, Bill Christensen, RMEF regional director in Utah, teamed up with other hunter-angler conservation groups to jump-start the effort. Outdoorsmen and women then joined forces with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, state legislators, Sutherland Institute and the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation to get it up and running. Representative …

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Hunting Is Conservation: The Books

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A young elk guide arrows a bull big enough for the Boone & Crockett’s (B&C) record books. Why would he, or any hunter, bother to enter it? Below are a portion of Troy Smith’s words, as found in the Hunting Is Conservation department of the July-August 2017 issue of Bugle magazine. In the course of writing this piece, I spoke with Joe Bell, executive director at the Pope and Young (P&Y) Club. I asked him …

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Eastan’s Mighty Mule Deer

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Eastan West combined luck and a long day to bag a trophy mule deer on the first day of the season in a field. West and his father had spotted the trophy buck just days before opening day, and sure enough when the two took to the field, he was there again. His dad wasn’t going to make it easy on 13-year-old Eastan. “I was getting tired of walking, we walked about three miles all …