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Environmentalist Group Files Suit, Wants More Wolves Nationwide

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The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) wants more wolves all across the United States so it followed through on a threat to file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation adamantly opposes such litigation and believes wolves need to be delisted nationwide and managed by state wildlife agencies just as they manage elk, mountain lions, deer, bears and other predator and prey species. According to a Los Angeles Times …

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RMEF Member Tags Wisconsin Bull Elk

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Dan Vandertie is a dairy farmer in Wisconsin. He’s also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter-based conservation organization that seeks to ensure the future of elk and advocates for ethical hunting. Vandertie stands as such an example. Vandertie and his daughter both put in for Wisconsin’s first-ever managed elk hunt. The odds of being drawn for just one of four tags were astronomically high. How high? About one in 9,500. But …

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Missouri Thanks Hunters for Help with CWD Sampling

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) thanks the thousands of deer hunters who participated in its mandatory two-day CWD sampling efforts in 31 counties. Thanks to hunter participation, MDC collected more than 20,000 tissue samples from harvested deer for CWD testing. According to MDC, mandatory sampling dramatically increases the number of tissue samples the Conservation Department can collect in a brief period of time. The increased number of samples gives MDC scientists a much better …

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Two Elk Hunters Die in Montana

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The situations and locations were different yet both were tragic. Two men died while hunting elk in different parts of Montana. Michael Drexler of Billings died when the rifle of one of his hunting partners accidently discharged, killing him in the southwest part of the state. “One hundred percent positive this was an accidental shooting,” Phil Fortner, Madison County Sheriff, told the Billings Gazette. In western Montana, a 67-year-old man from Missoula collapsed and died …

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Skunked

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Even when you come up empty after a season of hard hunting, there are plenty of reasons to feel good about your role as a hunter. I stopped for lunch at one of my favorite overlooks, a cliff of columnar basalt 500 feet above a creek meadow with a stunning view of the backside of the Tetons’ Cathedral Group on the horizon. After a long seven hours in the black timber, it was a relief to …

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Gear 101: Zeiss 10×42 Victory RF Binoculars

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In 2018, Zeiss combined their world-class glass with some very modern electronics—rolling Bluetooth technology, a rangefinder and a ballistics calculator all into one compact binocular. It’s the new Victory RF line, and we’re going to walk you through some of the key features. To start, Zeiss uses the highest quality glass to give you the best image imaginable. With the newly developed Ultra-FL lens, light transmission is a staggering 92% providing outstanding image quality. Multiple …

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Big Sky Bulls

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Join Kristy Titus in the latest episode of Pursue The Wild where she hunts elk in the Big Sky Country of Montana.

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Tests Confirm CWD in Northern, Southern Montana

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Second tests on tissue samples from a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County and a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County came back positive for chronic wasting disease. The lab at Colorado State University confirmed the tests. The whitetail in Liberty County was harvested in hunting district 400, but outside both the current CWD-positive area and the 2018 priority surveillance area, which includes the northern half of Liberty County. …

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Caribou in Montana?

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional staff received reports of a rare sight in northwest Montana. Residents recently documented sightings of woodland caribou near the U.S.-Canada border. The multiple sightings include the potential for a bull and a cow in separate locations. Caribou, members of the deer family, are native to northwest Montana but have almost completely disappeared from the contiguous United States over the last half century. Woodland caribou herds once stretched from central …

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Hunters Use Mountain Bikes to Pack Out Bull Elk

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Pack it out on your back. Drag it out. Bring it out with a horse. Place it on an ATV. There are a number of different ways to bring an elk out of the mountains but what about by using a mountain bike? That’s what hunting buddies Jimmy Smith and Kelly Rooney did on a hunt in northwest Montana. “We’d found this spot about six years ago and Kelly texted me what I thought about …

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Elk Poached in Montana

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking information on two elk that were poached early last week (November 7, 2018) approximately seven miles west of Drummond along the frontage road. FWP game warden, Brad Balis, said the poaching occurred sometime between the afternoon of Sunday, November 4 and the morning of Nov. 5. The violator(s) went through a closed gate onto private property and then drove across a hayfield where the elk were field …

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Authorization Given to Remove More Livestock-Killing Wolves

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind authorized the use of lethal measures to remove wolves from two packs that have repeatedly preyed on cattle on grazing lands in northeast Washington. The two wolf packs subject to lethal action are the Smackout pack in Stevens County and the Togo pack in Ferry County. Susewind authorized the removal of one or two members of the Smackout pack after WDFW field staff confirmed that …

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Learn about Wildlife Management, Conservation in Washington

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Want to help shape the future of wildlife management in Washington? Want to meet the new director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)? Now you can do both at the same time. WDFW scheduled six open house events this fall to give the new director an opportunity to discuss the agency’s long-term plans to conserve fish and wildlife and promote outdoor recreation throughout the state. “The department’s work is fundamental to people’s quality …

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CWD Spreading Across Central Canada, Hunters Asked for Help

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Wildlife officials in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan discovered chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a new wildlife management zone, meaning the disease is now confirmed in 45 of Saskatchewan’s 83 wildlife management zones.  Thirty-four cases of CWD have been identified in the province this year. The new case involved a 3½ year-old elk bull in zone 42E, south of Melfort that was submitted as part of the ministry’s voluntary CWD surveillance program. “Hunters play a …

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North Carolina Voters Approve Right to Hunt, Fish

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More than two million voters in North Carolina approved an amendment to the state constitution to protect the right to hunt and fish. The measure passed 57 to 42 percent. Article I of the North Carolina Constitution will be amended by adding: “Sec. 38. Right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. The right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved …