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See Wild Elk in Utah

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Another chance to ride a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon through the middle of hundreds of wild elk is almost here. To celebrate the start of another elk-viewing season, staff at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area will hold the ranch’s annual Elk Festival on Dec. 8. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As of Nov. 20, elk hadn’t entered the meadow through which the sleighs or wagons are pulled, but Hardware Ranch WMA …

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Elk Population Ailing in Southwest Colorado

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Colorado has the largest elk population in North America but numbers are suffering in the southwest part of the state. According to the Durango Herald, wildlife officials whittled down ballooning elk numbers in the 1990s and they’ve yet to bounce back. “In the last six to eight years, we’ve tried to go back into the population growth phase,” Scott Wait, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist, told the Durango Herald. “But we are struggling getting the …

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Two Bull Elk Poached in Michigan

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Michigan conservation officers in the northern Lower Peninsula are investigating the illegal killing of two bull elk, north of Atlanta. The carcasses of the two animals were discovered Saturday off Montmorency County Road 622, near Roth Road. The location is about 7 miles north of Atlanta, just south of Clear Lake State Park. “Both elk were shot, likely sometime around Nov. 15,” said Lt. James Gorno, a district law supervisor with the Michigan Department of …

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House Votes to Delist Gray Wolves

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The House of Representatives voted 196-180 on Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48. The legislation will next head to the Senate. Nine Democrats joined Republicans in voting to advance the legislation, which was originally cosponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Twelve members of the GOP voted against the bill. Dozens of lawmakers didn’t cast a vote in what has now become a lame duck session of Congress. That included …

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Environmentalist Group Files Suit, Wants More Wolves Nationwide

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The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) wants more wolves all across the United States so it followed through on a threat to file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation adamantly opposes such litigation and believes wolves need to be delisted nationwide and managed by state wildlife agencies just as they manage elk, mountain lions, deer, bears and other predator and prey species. According to a Los Angeles Times …

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RMEF Member Tags Wisconsin Bull Elk

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Dan Vandertie is a dairy farmer in Wisconsin. He’s also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter-based conservation organization that seeks to ensure the future of elk and advocates for ethical hunting. Vandertie stands as such an example. Vandertie and his daughter both put in for Wisconsin’s first-ever managed elk hunt. The odds of being drawn for just one of four tags were astronomically high. How high? About one in 9,500. But …

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Missouri Thanks Hunters for Help with CWD Sampling

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory two-day CWD sampling efforts in 31 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples from harvested deer for CWD testing. According to MDC, mandatory sampling dramatically increases the number of tissue samples the Conservation Department can collect in a brief period of time. The increased number of samples gives MDC scientists a much better …

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Two Elk Hunters Die in Montana

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The situations and locations were different yet both were tragic. Two men died while hunting elk in different parts of Montana. Michael Drexler of Billings died when the rifle of one of his hunting partners accidently discharged, killing him in the southwest part of the state. “One hundred percent positive this was an accidental shooting,” Phil Fortner, Madison County Sheriff, told the Billings Gazette. In western Montana, a 67-year-old man from Missoula collapsed and died …

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Skunked

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Even when you come up empty after a season of hard hunting, there are plenty of reasons to feel good about your role as a hunter. I stopped for lunch at one of my favorite overlooks, a cliff of columnar basalt 500 feet above a creek meadow with a stunning view of the backside of the Tetons’ Cathedral Group on the horizon. After a long seven hours in the black timber, it was a relief to …

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Gear 101: Zeiss 10×42 Victory RF Binoculars

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In 2018, Zeiss combined their world-class glass with some very modern electronics—rolling Bluetooth technology, a rangefinder and a ballistics calculator all into one compact binocular. It’s the new Victory RF line, and we’re going to walk you through some of the key features. To start, Zeiss uses the highest quality glass to give you the best image imaginable. With the newly developed Ultra-FL lens, light transmission is a staggering 92% providing outstanding image quality. Multiple …

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Big Sky Bulls

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Join Kristy Titus in the latest episode of Pursue The Wild where she hunts elk in the Big Sky Country of Montana.

To learn more about how Hunting Is Conservation visit The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation online:
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Tests Confirm CWD in Northern, Southern Montana

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Second tests on tissue samples from a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County and a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County came back positive for chronic wasting disease. The lab at Colorado State University confirmed the tests. The whitetail in Liberty County was harvested in hunting district 400, but outside both the current CWD-positive area and the 2018 priority surveillance area, which includes the northern half of Liberty County. …