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Hunting, Fishing Expanded at 10 National Wildlife Refuges

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it is opening or expanding hunting and fishing across 132,000 acres on ten national wildlife refuges. That includes opening hunting on more than 60,000 acres of Refuge System lands not previously available. “The nation’s sportsmen and women lead the conservation of wildlife and their habitats throughout our nation. They are passionate about the outdoors and are committed to sustainably managing these resources for all Americans to enjoy. …

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From the Desk of a Novice Sportswoman

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This is the story of my first white-tailed deer hunt. “Take the shot,” he whispered. “Take it!” I put my finger on the trigger. Questions flooded my mind. Would I make a good shot? …Did I even want to shoot a deer? …Why did I even climb up here to do this? In that instant, I swiftly moved through the lifelong steps that brought me to this moment—this moment where for the first time I …

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Wolf Kills Cow in California

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For the first time in more than a century, there is a confirmed wolf kill of livestock in California. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) confirmed a member of the Lassen Pack killed a 600-pound heifer on Oct. 13 on a ranch in the northeast corner of the state. The CDFW report stated the predator responsible for the attack was a wolf because of bite marks, tracks and other evidence at the scene. …

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‘Suspect’ CWD Sample Taken in Montana

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Biologists determined a chronic wasting disease sample collected by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in late October from a deer killed by a hunter is suspect for chronic wasting disease. They collected the sample from a mule deer buck harvested in hunting district 510 south of Billings in an area with a mixture of private and public land 10 miles southeast of Bridger. A second sample collected from the animal will be sent to the …

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Elk Hunter Survives Grizzly Attack

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An elk hunter returning to retrieve a bull elk he shot the day before, instead came face-to-face with a grizzly bear north of Gardiner, Montana. “The next thing I know I can see him opening his mouth, and the picture I’ll never forget is canines about an inch long or so coming toward me,” Joseph Kiedrowski told KRTV-TV. The grizzly bit his right wrist and then Kiedrowski fell to the ground and rolled to his …

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Falling Tree Kills Sleeping Hunter

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A hunting trip in central Idaho turned tragic for a 67-year-old man from Raleigh, North Carolina. Larry Horton sat down to rest and eventually fell asleep in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. As he slept during the snowy and windy day, an 80-foot dead tree fell on him. Larry Horton suffered a serious chest injury and had extreme trouble breathing. Medical personnel from several different organizations responded to try to help but Horton died in the …

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10-Year-Old Breaks Up Epic Fight By Taking His First Moose

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After a couple days of hard riding on horseback, we decided to sleep in a little and have an easier day hunting for my moose. I woke up so excited to have another day moose hunting with my dad and his friend. We woke up to a cold 9/11 morning and hiked to the edge of the Snake River when Rob spotted two moose across the river on a little island fighting the “epic battle.” …

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Roadkill Salvaging Not Allowed in Oregon Until 2019

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Several times already this year, an Oregon State Patrol trooper arrived at the scene of a vehicle collision with a deer or elk and the driver asked if the animal can be salvaged and taken home. The answer is no, not yet. New rules allowing drivers to lawfully salvage roadstruck deer and elk don’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2019. According to Oregon Department of Transportation statistics, there were 1,160 such collisions in November of …

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Logging: Could It Save Our Forests?

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When it comes to logging America’s forests, can environmentalists and the logging community actually see eye-to-eye? They do in the Colville National Forest located in northeast Washington. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that actively managed forests not only enhance habitat wildlife and mitigate catastrophic wildfire but improve overall forest health. “We really need a more cohesive strategy to deal with this so we can protect the communities. But at the same time, we need …