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Hunt Sheds in Utah? Take the Online Ethics Course Before You Go

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If you plan to gather shed antlers in Utah between Feb. 1 and April 15, The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says you need to first take its free online ethics course. When you’re done with the course, print out your antler-gathering certificate and carry it with you in the field. The course is designed to protect animals during this critical time of year. Late winter and early spring is a tough time of year …

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Forest Management Project Slows Destructive Wildfire

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The Boyds Fire burned an estimated 4,700 acres of timber and grass understory in northeast Washington during the summer of 2017. It threatened homes, businesses, a cedar mill and power lines that provide electricity to residents of Ferry County. The bottom line is it could have been much larger and much worse. What happened? The flames churned their way through rugged terrain until they hit forestland previously treated with prescribed burn and thinning projects. “Without …

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New “Treads” Keep Boy’s Hunting Pursuits Alive

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An 11-year-old boy from New Mexico is chasing elk, and doing so with success, despite coping with a disease that continually weakens his muscles and reduces his energy. Mason Prieskorn has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. There is no cure but his parents and others helped him raise $14,000 to purchase a souped-up wheelchair with treads on it. “It’s really fun, it’s very rough though,” Mason told KRQE-TV. Mason’s parents say they want to provide their son …

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Partnerships Help Ensure Hunting’s Future

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Partnerships are nothing new to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. RMEF works with a myriad of partners in carrying out land protection and public access, habitat stewardship and elk restoration projects. Same holds true for conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects. Below is such an example. RMEF provided grant funding and volunteer manpower to assist the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and dozens of other groups in supporting a series of youth turkey hunts in …

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South Dakota Seeks More Access for Hunters

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The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (GFP) is seeking to lease additional private land for public hunting access through the Walk-In Area (WIA) and the Controlled Hunting Access Program (CHAP) to provide more quality public hunting opportunities and improve access to land-locked public land. In 2018, GFP enrolled more than 1.28 million acres of private land in these access programs through partnerships with more than 1,400 landowners across South Dakota. Currently GFP …

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Want to Take Up Hunting? Read On

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Hunting dates back to the beginning of time. Yet over the last few years, the number of Americans that head afield to hunt is declining. That makes it more difficult for those who have an interest in learning how to do it but don’t quite know where to turn. “There’s a strong, well-documented interest in this great American pastime by people from all walks of life, and one of the keys to taking that interest …

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Regulations Released for 2019 Wisconsin Elk Hunt

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Fresh off its first managed elk hunt in state history, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources unveiled regulations for the 2019 hunt. Once again, it will only take place within the Clam Lake Elk Range in Ashland, Bayfield, Price, and Sawyer Counties. Here are the hunt details: More than 38,000 people in Wisconsin applied for the 2018 hunt which generated more than $270,000 for elk conservation efforts in Wisconsin. (Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)

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Hunting Access Improved in West Virginia

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Just a few years ago, it was difficult to find a public place to hunt in the western portion of West Virginia. That since changed. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources since purchased 77,000 acres of public land that was previously being used under the guise of private hunting leases. A main chunk of that land is the 24,000-acre Tomblin Wildlife Management Area which is also where you find …

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Help Find Poachers Who Killed Four Elk in Oregon

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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division needs your help finding the person(s) responsible for illegally shooting and killing three cow elk in the northwest corner of the state. It happened in a clear-cut on Fox Creek Road about two and a half miles from Highway 6 in Tillamook County. In a separate incident about 100 miles to the south, authorities found a dead bull elk that someone killed and left to waste near …

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Help Determine the Future of Idaho’s Elk Hunts

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Want to weigh in on the future of Idaho’s elk herds and elk hunts? The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will set elk, deer, black bear, pronghorn and wolf seasons in March of 2019. To gather input to help determine those decisions, the commission will hold a series of public meetings across the state. Hunters can give their opinions about regulations and seasons. Additionally, the Idaho Department of Game and Fish will post the proposals …

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Oklahoma Seeks Input on CWD Rule Proposals

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Chronic wasting disease is yet to make its way into Oklahoma but wildlife officials are trying to keep it at bay. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) is proposing changes in the administrative rules that govern hunting, fishing and department operations. Specifically, the agency proposes to add language relating to the import, transport or possession of cervid carcasses and live cervids to help protect Oklahoma’s deer and elk populations from the threat of CWD. …

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Grant Funding Benefits Elk Habitat, Research, Public Access in South Dakota

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided nearly $114,000 in grant funding to improve elk habitat and scientific research in South Dakota as well as a wide range of hunting heritage and other outdoor-related activities. “Water is at a premium across the lower portion of South Dakota. This funding is helping to establish a wide-ranging pipeline project to improve more than 15,400 acres of habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also goes …