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Hammer Drops on Wyoming Man for Wanton Destruction of Big Game

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Fourth Judicial District Court Judge William Edelman approved the conditions of a plea agreement reached between the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office and Sheridan County resident Gregg Lambdin, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 1, 2019 to two misdemeanors and nine felonies for wanton destruction of big game animals. Lambdin was assessed $110,000 in fines, $144,000 in restitution and nine months jail time. Lambdin will serve his jail sentence in the Sheridan County Detention Center and he …

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Father of NFL Linebacker Rescues Injured Elk Hunter

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An elk hunter from Michigan received the vital medical attention he needed thanks to a rescue effort by a hunting guide and several others in north-central Idaho. The guide, Darwin Vander Esch, is father of Leighton Vander Esch, linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. The hunter was part of a mule pack train packing out an elk when his mule broke off into a run, throwing him to the ground. The man sustained a series of …

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North Dakota Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage Gets Boost from RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our partners awarded $197,340 of grant funding in North Dakota to benefit habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $38,170 and leveraged an additional $159,170 in partner funding. Seventeen projects benefit Barnes, Bottineau, Burleigh, Cavalier, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, McLean, Morton, Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Stutsman, Towner, Ward, Wells and Williams Counties. “Invasive weeds crowd out native grasses and forbs that are …

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Three Youth Tag Out in Arkansas

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Opening weekend of the Arkansas youth elk hunt was a good one for three hunters in the northwest part of the state who all harvested a bull. “The youth did really well – all the kids were excited,” said Wes Wright, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission elk program coordinator. “The weather turned bad with lots of rain Sunday but they were able to harvest before the rain hit. The rain did make it a little …

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New RMEF Eberlestock Bandit Pack Now Available

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the new RMEF-branded H31 Eberlestock Bandit Pack. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each licensed pack goes to RMEF’s mission. “This is the latest in a long line of high quality performance packs and other products produced by Glen Eberle and his Eberlestock crew. We greatly value their partnership that dates back a number of years,” said Steve Decker, …

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New Trail Opens Hunter, Hiker Access to Crazy Mountains

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Thanks to the construction of a new trail, hunters now have access to the west side of Montana’s Crazy Mountains just in time for Montana’s youth hunt and general rifle season. “We appreciate the good work of crews contracted by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in getting this done,” said Blake Henning, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chief conservation officer. “Outdoorsmen and women will now be able to hunt elk and deer in an area that was previously …

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RMEF Tops $1 Million in 2019 Elk Research

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation allocated more than one million dollars in funding to further elk-related scientific research in 2019. Those funds leveraged an additional $6.3 million in funding from other partners. “Our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage would ring rather hollow without the constant infusion of up-to-date scientific research,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. So far in 2019, RMEF provided funding …

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Worth The Wait

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For close to two decades, the Pronghorn boot has been a trusted cornerstone in the Danner hunt line. Any update to the Pronghorn comes with a lot of responsibility to the customers who rely on this iconic boot. As such, the fifth generation is the culmination of many years of Pronghorn history and today’s cutting-edge footwear technology. The new Pronghorn features all of the comfort and durability you expect from a legend, with updated performance …

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Gear 101 – Buck Ebony Collection

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If you know anything about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, you know that we’re about hunting and we’re about conservation. And it just so happens that Buck’s new Ebony line of knives also embodies those two passions. Back in the 1960s, Buck used Ebony wood in the handles of some of its knives. Known for its dark color, toughness and resistance to warping, ebony is a hardwood found in tropical climates. But overharvesting of these …

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Gear 101 – Buck Pursuit Series

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A long-time RMEF partner, Buck knives has been crafting high-quality knives for more than 100 years. Their all-purpose Pursuit line combines Buck’s passion for creating dependable blades with affordability, creating a knife every hunter can appreciate. The Pursuit line offer five different options of folders and fixed-blades to suit just about anyone. You’ll notice the handle doesn’t look like your grandfather’s Buck. It’s made with Versaflex and stays tacky when wet or when using rubber …

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Netting Doesn’t Slow Bull Elk

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A bull elk wandering around Estes Park, Colorado, is sporting a unique look. It has netting designed to keep wildlife away from vegetation wrapped up in its antlers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) tweeted it will continue to monitor the bull and will only intervene as a last resort. “The bull is healthy, able to move freely, eat and drink. He just has to deal with the annoyance of some plastic.” CPW also urges everyone …

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USDA to Invest $50 Million to Increase Public Access on Private Lands

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make up to $50 million available to help create or expand state government and tribal programs that encourage landowners and land managers to allow public access to their land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through November 27, 2019, from state governments and tribes for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). “These projects are excellent …