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Bull Elk Antlers Grow Quickly

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It does not take very long for bull elk to grow antlers. Below are the words of Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. Bull elk antlers start growing in early April and are typically fully grown by mid-August. As of today (6/5), the antler growing season is almost halfway through. Most bulls have clearly developed brow tines (the first two tines just up from the top of the head) as well as a third …

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Biologists Monitor Some Elk From Day-One

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Biologists briefly capture some elk calves almost immediately after birth in order to monitor them to learn more about them and the herd.Below are the words of Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. Elk calves are typically born during the first two weeks of June. Each year Game Commission staff captures and examines a small sample of calves to ensure that they are healthy and that the population is reproducing as expected. Each calf …

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Elk Look a Little Scruffy This Time of Year

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As spring changes to summer, elk are going through some changes of their own. Below are the words of Jeremy Banfield, Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist. Starting in late May through early June elk will “molt,” where the long, light brown hair of their winter coats will shed off revealing the short amber colored hair that elk will wear through the heat of the summer months. Their winter coats begin to grow back in late …

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Elk Hunting Licenses Available in South Dakota

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There are 21 archery licenses and more than 300 firearms licenses remaining for the 2018 Black Hills elk hunting season in South Dakota. Hunters who have drawn a first choice elk license in the last nine years are eligible to apply for these licenses as well. These applications are online only and applicants can choose to use their preference points if they wish. The deadline for the second draw is June 20th at 8 A.M. …

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Hunting and Fishing in Colorado

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife created a successful outreach campaign about the importance of hunters called Hug a Hunter. A recent post highlights five things about hunting and fishing that boost wildlife and wildlife habitat in Colorado. Revenue generated by sportsmen supports all of our wildlife management efforts. This allows Colorado to protect and reintroduce native species like Rocky Mountain elk. Without hunting and fishing, the populations of the animal species in Colorado would expand beyond …

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Great Lakes Wolf Population May Soon Be Delisted

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A report out of Wisconsin indicates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is determining whether to remove the gray wolf population in the Upper Midwest from the Endangered Species Act. “If appropriate, the Service will publish a proposal to revise the wolf’s status in the Federal Register by the end of the calendar year,” Georgia Parham, USFWS spokeswoman, told Wisconsin Public Radio. “Any proposal will follow a robust, transparent and open public process that …

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Owner Cited after Dog Attacks Elk Calf

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A dog, off-leash on a trail near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where leashes are required, attacked an elk calf. The dog’s owner received a $200 citation for harassment of wildlife. “We consistently enforce our statutes and regulations,” Kris Middledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager, told the Steamboat Pilot & Today. “Dogs harassing wildlife and potentially harming wildlife is something we take seriously.” The incident happened just beyond the trailhead. Wildlife officials say it did …

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Wildlife Law Enforcement Kept Busy in Wyoming

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Wyoming wildlife game wardens doled out almost 4,300 enforcement actions in 2018 including 122 specifically for the waste of abandonment of elk and other big game. Those actions are spelled out in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s (WGFD) 2017 Law Enforcement Report. “Game and Fish places a high-priority on wildlife law enforcement to meet the public’s expectations to conserve wildlife and enforce boating laws. We invest significant manpower and resources protecting our exceptional wildlife …

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Remembering Nevada’s 1984 Elk Reintroduction

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Below is a post made on June 7, 2018, on the Nevada Department of Wildlife Facebook page. For today’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we look back to February 1984 when the Nevada Department of Wildlife released 80 Rocky Mountain elk from Woodruff, Utah, at three locations in the Spring Mountain Range. This was the second such release. The first occurred in 1935. (Photo source: Nevada Department of Wildlife)

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Educating the Public

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Below are the words of Chris Kubik who authored the Hunting is Conservation department in the May-June 2017 issue of Bugle magazine. In 2013, a Colorado public relations campaign focused on raising awareness of hunters’ contributions to conservation. This yielded very positive results. After the campaign, 87 percent of non-hunters said they were not opposed to hunting, and 76 percent said they would not vote to further restrict hunting. The key to good public relations …

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More Wild Elk Released in West Virginia, Population Nears 100

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The 85-day quarantine period ended so wildlife officials in West Virginia opened the holding pen gate and released more elk onto their new home landscape. The 46 adult elk and five calves come to West Virginia after being captured in Arizona. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided both funding and volunteer manpower to assist the cross-country effort. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources also reached an agreement to acquire 17 elk from the Land …

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It’s Hunter Education Season

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With an eye on the 2018 fall big game hunting season, many state agencies are now offering hunter education courses. Each state has different regulations according to date of birth. Idaho, for example, offers face-to-face, instructor-led and online courses but both require a “field day” where attendance is mandatory. Here is some Idaho-specific information. The most popular course option for budding young hunters is the instructor-led course. Direct person-to-person instruction from certified volunteer instructors and …

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Beware: Cow Elk Very Protective of Calves

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The headlines tell a story that is dangerous and could be deadly. Cow elk can go to great lengths to protect their calves. It happened two times over three days in Yellowstone National Park. On June 3, an employee at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel came across a cow elk behind the hotel. It reared up and kicked her in the head, torso and back. The severity of the injuries led to her being flown …

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RMEF Donation Improves Public Access in Wyoming

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Opening and improving public access lies at the core of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s conservation mission. Below is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department news release that highlights one of the ways RMEF is engaged in access work.     Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Donation Provides 46,500 Acres of Hunting and Fishing Public Access   The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $15,000 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through …