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Idaho’s 2019-20 Big Game Seasons and Rules Now Online

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The 2019-20 Idaho big game hunting brochure is now available online. It contains seasons and rules for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion and gray wolf, will be available in print at license vendors and Fish and Game offices by May 1, 2019. Hunters should note that the Idaho Hunt Planner does not yet reflect the new seasons and rules, but will be updated by mid-April. Applications for controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn …

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Mexican Wolf Population Increases

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Wildlife officials announced there are a minimum of 131 Mexican wolves in the southwest part of the United States. The numbers break down as 64 wolves in Arizona and 67 in New Mexico. The new count marks a 12 percent increase over 2018. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains that Mexican wolves, like elk, bears, deer, mountain lions and all other wildlife, should be managed by state agencies. Find more information here. (Photo source: Wikipedia)

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Kentucky Remains CWD Free

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Six of the seven states that border Kentucky have animals that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, but thanks to the latest round of testing the Bluegrass State remains CWD free. CWD is caused by abnormal proteins called prions and it affects white-tailed deer, elk, moose, mule deer and caribou (cervids). There is no known cure or vaccine and it is always fatal in infected cervids. The disease has spread to more than half the …

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Wyoming Conducts Elk, Moose Surveys

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Wildlife biologists and game wardens with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department conducted moose and elk surveys in the Sheridan Region in January and February 2019. Generally speaking, biologists found increasing to robust elk populations across the Sheridan and Buffalo areas. They noted increased numbers in seven of the nine hunt areas. The surveys are conducted annually to gather information on current moose and elk numbers. The counts do not represent a definitive number of …

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Muzzleloader Whitetail with Jordan Squared

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There is nothing better than hunting a place that makes you feel like you are part of the family. Taking a break from the norm to laugh at each other and joke. Join Kristy Titus once again in Nebraska for a late season muzzleloader whitetail hunt on the Budd Ranch with her best friend Jordan Budd and Jordan Adams of Running Water Hunting.

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RMEF, Partners Fund New Addition to Florida Archery Range

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Florida bowhunters now have a new course where they can challenge and improve their archery skills. The Triple N Ranch Shooting Range, managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, recently opened the doors to a new 3-dimensional and field archery target layout. The 10-station course features life-size 3D targets including deer, turkey, and elk. The shooting distances vary to accommodate different skill levels and mimic various hunting scenarios. The archery range also features …

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Tough Winter Takes Toll on Wildlife

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A long-time biologist watched a herd of 150 elk during a frigid March morning in southwest Washington. Then a mature 6 x 7 bull suddenly plopped down in the snow and died. It showed no sign of injuries and died within one minute. “I have never seen anything like that in 38 years,” Scott Rasley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife conflict specialist, told Northwest Magazine. “The bull had the normal amount of lack of …

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Volunteers Plant a Brighter Future for Washington Elk

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Pickups, ATVs, work gloves and a crew of 13 volunteers with a desire to make habitat better for elk and other critters recently got together for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation outing near Mt. St. Helens in southwest Washington. The group planted 8,000 seedlings of several different types of deciduous trees, berry bushes and other vegetation that will nourish not only the local elk population but up to 200 other species that share the same landscape. …

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Washington Wolf Population Continues to Grow

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For the 10th year in a row, the wolf population in the state of Washington continues to grow. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reports there were a minimum of 126 wolves, 27 packs and 15 successful breeding pairs within the state’s borders in 2018. “Wolves routinely face threats to their survival – from humans, other animals, and nature itself,” said Ben Maletzke, WDFW statewide wolf specialist. “But despite each year’s ups and …

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Study: Effects of Reintroducing Predators Questioned

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Study: Effects of Reintroducing Predators Questioned New research raises questions whether the reintroduction of apex predators, such as wolves for example, restores ecosystems to how they were before predators were removed. “We need more studies. More tests of this ‘assumption of reciprocity,’ as we call it — particularly via rigorous experimental studies — would be really helpful. This is hard data to get, but we really do need it before we can credibly claim that …

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Yellowstone Elk Numbers Trending Downward

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Wildlife officials counted a combined 5,800 elk inside and north of Yellowstone National Park during population survey flights that took place in March 2019. That total marks a 23 percent decrease from counts recorded in both 2018 and 2016. Of particular concern are the cow-calf ratios which are lower than recent surveys and long-term averages. The 2019 count marks the second consecutive year the ratio is below the threshold of 20 calves per 100 cows …

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Tex Creek Idaho – onX Hunt Public Access Project

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Putting a puzzle together takes both patience and persistence. When your puzzle is a wild landscape, it also takes partnerships and vision. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with conservation-minded landowners, the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho department of Fish and Game to piece together four sections of elk habitat in southeast Idaho. Beginning in 1997 and wrapping up in 2016, RMEF helped carry out four different project phases that transferred 3,250 …

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RMEF-Funded Burn to Benefit North Carolina Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for a prescribed burn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 284-acre treatment takes place in the Little Cataloochee area. “One of the goals of the prescribed burn project is to improve elk forage and habitat,” Tom Edwards, burn specialist, told the Citizen Times. RMEF helped with the successful restoration of elk into the region in 2001. Specifically, the goal is to increase the production of native …

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Volunteers Contribute $24 Million in Value to RMEF Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—How valuable are volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? In 2018, the value of their donated time and labor equates to $24.1 million. “The monetary value of $24.1 million in time and labor is staggeringly impressive, but honestly what our volunteers do for RMEF’s mission is truly priceless,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “A number does not do them justice in regard to the time and effort they put forth or …