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State, Federal Agencies Attend Elk Summit III

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Leaders from 15 different states home to wild, free-ranging elk recently gathered at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to discuss a wide range of issues that impact elk and elk habitat. The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, researchers, RMEF staff and board members, and others that support RMEF and its mission were also in attendance. “This is our third elk summit we hosted over the last seven years,” said Blake Henning, RMEF …

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Grilled Venison Kabobs

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Venison, bell pepper, and onion don’t need much more than a salt and pepper seasoning when you’re grilling them over a flavorful Traeger wood fire. Stack ’em up and sear em for an easy weeknight meal. Directions: Cut the venison into 1-inch chunks. Cut onion and peppers into 1-inch pieces.  Place meat and vegetables into a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix to combine.   Stack meat and …

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RMEF Recognizes Researcher for Conservation Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently presented Joshua Millspaugh with its Excellence in Elk Country Award. It happened at the 13th Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop in Marfa, Texas. The award recognizes an individual scientist or wildlife biologist whose career demonstrated desire and dedication to benefit the scientific management of elk or elk habitat, in addition to a desire and dedication to go above and beyond the normal course of duty as …

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Bull Elk Poached in Utah

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Just before Memorial Day weekend, someone illegally shot and killed a bull elk north of Mill Meadow Reservoir in central Utah. The animal was feeding in a meadow near the road when it was killed, and all the meat was left to waste. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) conservation officers are seeking your help in identifying the person who killed the animal. “We know someone has information related to the illegal killing of this …

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Wolves Attack Dog in Duluth City Limits

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Two wolves attacked a dog in search of shed antlers in a remote, wooded area within the city limits of Duluth, Minnesota. “I ran at the front wolf and swung so hard that I missed him with the ax head and just hit him with the handle. That was enough to get the wolf off the dog’s front end. But the first wolf was still biting into the dog’s rear and underside,” Paul Moore told …

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RMEF Supports Returning Gray Wolf Management to State Wildlife Agencies

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fully supports removing the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife as proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). “Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the western Great Lakes region,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer, wrote in a public comment submitted to the USFWS. “RMEF maintains that where wolves exist, they should be managed by …

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Edith Peak Montana – onX Public Access Project

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Public land does not always feature large swaths of landscape that is 100 percent open to public access. Sometimes privately-owned inholdings feature development or the potential for development that can disrupt wildlife migration corridors, wildlife management and limit public access. In October 2018, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 1,120 acres of elk habitat high in the mountains of western Montana about 15 miles west of Missoula. The two parcels were previously private inholdings owned …

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Spring Tradition – A RMEF Film

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There’s no denying that turkey hunting is as close to elk hunting as you can get in the spring. Patterning, stalking and calling all come in to play for both quarries. For 10 years running, RMEF volunteers David and Crystal Watts have donated the use of their Texas ranch for youth hunters and to help RMEF donors and volunteers come together to raise funding for improving elk habitat. The event is now much more than …

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Video: Deer Fight South Dakota Floodwaters, Swim to Shore

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It’s a good thing deer know how to swim. A man driving across a bridge over a flood-swollen river in South Dakota captured video of four deer fighting to keep from being swept downstream. It happened in Lyman County which is in the south-central portions of South Dakota. About 225 miles to the west, a late spring snowstorm dumped more than two feet of snow in the Black Hills forcing several waterways out of their …

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Mountain Lion Attacks Young California Boy

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A four-year-old boy survived being attacked by a mountain lion in San Diego, California. It happened in the seven-mile long Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, one of the largest urban parks in the nation. The attack took place in the middle of the afternoon while the boy was hiking with a group of 10 others. According to KGTV-TV, the boy’s father kicked the animal and threw a rock at it to eventually scare it away. The …

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Oregon Unveils Antlerless Elk Damage Tag Pilot Program

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Over the last few decades, elk populations in many areas of Oregon increased on private land adjacent to row crop or irrigated agricultural lands, leading to conflict, economic damage, and reduced hunting opportunity in some units. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and landowners use a variety of tools to address this damage, including hunting through controlled antlerless elk hunting and damage tags. However, controlled hunts can be inconvenient for hunters who must …

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RMEF Volunteers Help Remove Tons of Trash from Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers recently joined forces with the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other groups to clean up more than three tons of trash from eight illegal grow sites on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in north-central California. In total, the amount of trash and infrastructure weighed 6,100 pounds and included five and a half miles of irrigation pipe. It took 22 helicopter loads to remove all the refuse. …

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Wyoming Winter a Tough One for Moose

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Every winter is tough on wildlife, but this past one seemed to be tougher on moose than any in recent memory for those animals near Jackson, Wyoming. “We had more moose calls this winter than any I can remember,” said Kyle Lash, Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden. “I’d say we easily handled 30 dead moose between Jackson and Wilson this winter.” Jackson Hole Valley racked up record levels of snow and as winter wore …

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Report: Hunting, Shooting Sports Faring Better than Assumed

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Spending in the overall hunting and shooting sports market grew 11 percent in 2018, according to a new Southwick Associates report. Despite well-publicized decreases in the firearm and ammunition categories, 2018 sales for accessories and support equipment grew, driving the overall market to a total of $21.3 billion in retail sales. “The data show what we’ve been suspecting – the hunting and shooting markets are performing better than recent media coverage indicates,” said Rob Southwick, …