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RMEF Helps Conserve Two Chunks of Colorado Elk Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with two conservation-minded families to permanently protect more than 2,300 acres of prime elk habitat in central Colorado. “We appreciate the Mancuso and Ross families for recognizing the important conservation values of their land and reaching out to us to help permanently protect them,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. The 579-acre Burris Mountain and 1,765-acre Antelope Valley properties are located southwest of Colorado Springs between Canon …

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Approves Bill To Reauthorize LWCF

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Today was a remarkable day in the Senate. The Energy & Natural Resources Committee approved Sen. Daines’ bill establishing a limited pilot arbitration program for collaborative forest projects in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming that would help protect the efforts of stakeholders against frivolous litigation. The Committee also passed important legislation from Senator Cantwell (D-WA) permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund as republican Senators Daines, Gardner, Alexander, Portman and Capito reached across the aisle to …

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Arizona Wildlife Overpass Now in Operation

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For most Arizona residents, travelling Interstate 11 — the to-be-constructed roadway linking Phoenix to Las Vegas — is a long way down the road. That’s not the case for desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife needing safe passage over the Nevada stretch of I-11, three miles west of the Arizona-Nevada state line. It’s there where Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists teamed with Nevada and federal officials to design and build a wildlife overpass over …

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South Carolina Girl Travels 2,600 Miles for Elk Hunt

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For 14-year-old Grace Claytor, it was a trip and an elk hunting adventure she will never forget. Claytor and her father made a 2,600-mile cross country trip from Chapin, South Carolina, to Oregon’s elk country thanks to the Outdoor Dream Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Stimson Lumber Company and other partners. It was the 12th year in a row for such a hunt to take place. Doctors diagnosed Grace with brittle bone disease and papillary …

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Dozens of Deer Dead in Southeast Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Game Commission officials announced that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been confirmed as the cause of death for the deer mortality event occurring in the northern Chester and southern Berks County area. Since Aug 29, 2018, dozens of dead deer have been found in the affected area. Game wardens continue to investigate new reports and collect and submit tissue samples from deer that are not in advanced stages of decomposition. “We appreciate the public’s …

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Study: Fires Benefit Elk Forage

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Scientific research published in the Journal of Wildlife Management and funded, in part, by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation indicates fire triggers new growth that produces quality forage “ approximately equivalent to that of irrigated agriculture” for elk and other animals. “Fire is the big disturbance factor that a lot of the Western ecosystems evolved with,” Tom Toman, RMEF director of private lands stewardship, told the Billings Gazette. Toman also explained that fire removes pine …

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Touchdown! Deer Outsprints High School Football Player into End Zone

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The camera operator followed the action as it happened. The placekicker launched the kickoff deep into the Washington night during the Coupeville High School-Kings High School game. The football bounced off the hands of Sean Toomey-Stout, the return man, and went over his head. He quickly recovered, scooped it up and tried to loop around to make up the lost yardage. At that point, with the crowd cheering in delight and the play continuing, the …

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Montana Hunter Shoots Grizzly in Self-Defense

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Wildlife officials say an archery hunter on the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area, approximately 30 miles northwest of Choteau, Montana, killed a sow grizzly and wounded what is presumed to be her subadult cub. The cub was later found and euthanized due to the severity of its injuries. The hunter was in thick brush along a creek bottom when he encountered the sow, which he shot and killed with a pistol. He also shot and wounded …

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Tips For Correctly Fitting Your Rifle

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In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, join Kristy Titus as she discusses correctly fitting your personal rifle from length of pull, cheek comb height and optic eye relief. Also, showcasing a few of her favorite Ruger rifle platforms that come out of the box with adjustability.

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National Park Service Finalizes Rule Change to Benefit Bowhunters

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The National Park Service (NPS) issued a final rule that will provide archery hunters with better access to public lands that surround the National Park System. Prior to the rule change, hunters could only transport archery equipment through National Parks if their bow or crossbow remained in a motor vehicle or other form of mechanical transport. As a result, bowhunters have been limited in their ability to cross National Parks (where hunting is generally not …

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Wildlife Overpass about to Open for Business

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An overpass near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington will soon be completed and ready for elk, deer, bears and all kinds of other wildlife to use. According to the Seattle Times, approximately 28,000 cars and trucks pass over the area on a daily basis with double the amount of weekends. The region is a busy wildlife corridor where vehicle-wildlife collisions are too common. The state plans to build a series of underpasses and overpasses to help …