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Roadblocks Expected in New Mexico

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Seeking to curtail wildlife law violations and to collect harvest data, New Mexico Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons. The 2018-2019 hunting and fishing season began April 1. All hunters and anglers are required to purchase a new license before hunting and fishing. Anglers can expect roadblocks throughout the summer. Guides and outfitters are also reminded that new registration is required. To report a wildlife crime, call …

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West Virginia Elk Herd Growing

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By the time calving seasons comes and goes later this spring, West Virginia may have more than 100 elk on the ground. For now, it’s difficult to predict what the exact numbers will be since cow elk recently transported from Arizona are yet to be examined to determine if they’re pregnant. “We’ll want to get that information before we release those animals, but until we turn them loose there’s no real concern,” Randy Kelley, West …

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South Dakota Sets 2018 & 2019 Elk Hunting Seasons

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The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission allocated 222 licenses for the 2018 and 2019 archery elk hunting seasons. The season will run the month of September for both years and will have 142 any elk and 80 antlerless elk licenses available. The 2018 and 2019 Black Hills elk hunting seasons will have 425 any elk and 700 antlerless elk licenses available for both years. The 2018 and 2019 prairie elk hunting seasons …

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An Elk for Emily

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You can bank on two things come mid-December in the Gunnison Basin of Western Colorado: snow and subzero temperatures. The year of our hunt would prove no different. There was already about 18 inches of the driest champagne powder on the winter range and the mercury was dipping to 20 degrees below zero at night –perfect conditions for a late season antlerless elk hunt. This was the first opportunity for my 12-year-old daughter, Emily, to …

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Johnson, Vavra Join RMEF Board of Directors

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Kent Johnson and Dr. Martin Vavra are the newest members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board of Directors. “Marty and Kent bring a wide diversity of knowledge and life experience that will be of tremendous benefit to the board and our shared conservation mission,” said Nancy Holland, RMEF president and CEO.  The primary role of board members is to serve as key policymakers in assisting RMEF to maximize its charge to protect and …

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Wolves Attack Livestock, Kill Calf in California

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Wolves attacked livestock in northern California that led investigating authorities to put down a year-old calf because of the extent of its injuries. It happened during the first week of April on a ranch near Taylorsville which is approximately 150 miles northeast of Sacramento. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports neighbors heard a commotion including a calf bawling loudly. They used spotlights and saw three wolves in the pasture and the rest of …

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Steel Wire vs Synthetic Winch Rope

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WARN synthetic rope, such as our Spydura line, is made from an ultra-high molecular polyethylene material. It receives a coat of urethane that helps protect the rope from the effects of ultra-violet rays and chemicals, two enemies of synthetic rope. The rope also includes a sliding sleeve to help protect it from wear and abrasion while winching. All WARN truck and SUV winches equipped with synthetic rope should be used with a hawse fairlead.  Synthetic …

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Here’s How to Help Elk in Arizona

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Red Mountain Chapter, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is seeking volunteers for its annual Adopt-A-Ranch work project April 28 near Payson. This year’s project activity will include installing three water catchments made from tractor tires, as well as removing wire and posts from a section of old fencing, at the Chevelon Butte Cattle Company. The organization will provide a barbecue dinner for all volunteers Saturday night …

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Mountain Lion Tracks Reveal Interesting Tale

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Fresh tracks, especially in or after a fresh snowfall, can highlight all kinds of information—species of animal, direction of travel and sometimes even particular details. Check out the photos and story posted on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page about a mountain lion that caused a bit of mischief. Bad Kitty – Good Kitty – Bad Kitty:  If you live in the country, you probably have had any number of critters that …

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Oregon Town Hall Meeting to Address Elk Concerns

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Warrenton will co-host a public meeting to address human-elk interactions in and around the city of Warrenton and Clatsop County. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the Warrenton Community Center, located at 170 SW 3rd Street. ODFW wildlife biologist Herman Biederbeck will present an overview of elk population trends and management objectives, and will highlight safety concerns arising …

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Colorado Woman is a World Elk Calling Champ

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When you chat with Hannah Holiday, you don’t pick up on it. I mean, you just wouldn’t know. But when you start talking about hunting and, specifically, about how to call an elk, she is all over it. Holiday recent won her second consecutive title in the voice division at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2018 World Elk Calling Championships. “I learned how to voice elk call because I wanted to be like my dad …

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Trophy Taker Shrink Fletch with Kristy Titus

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When in the backcountry hunters need to be prepared for the unexpected. Arrow vanes commonly get damaged during travel or cut during practice. In this episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The WIld, Kristy Titus shares how to use Trophy Taker Shrink Fletch to professionally crest and fletch arrows quickly while afield with no special tools. 

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Judge Rules against FWS in Mexican Wolf Case

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A federal judge ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is not doing enough to ensure the future of Mexican wolves in the desert southwest. She faulted a 2015 FWS federal management rule that, in part, caps population numbers at 325 and bars wolf dispersal north of Interstate 40 which runs through central Arizona and New Mexico. Environmentalists maintain that the Mexican wolf population should be spread as far north as southern Utah and …