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Elk Hunter Shoots Charging Grizzly

A Kalispell elk hunter shot and killed a charging grizzly bear in the Badger-Two Medicine Area of the Rocky Mountain Front on Wednesday. It was the third instance of hunters shooting grizzly bears in self defense on the Front — and at least the eighth in northwestern Montana — since...


PA Hunters Take 53 Elk In 2011

HARRISBURG, PA -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe announces that 53 of the 57 licensed elk hunters were successful during the 2011 elk seasons. Of that total, 19 were antlered elk and 34 were antlerless elk. "Elk are one of North America's premier big game animals," Roe...


Record Bull Take In Nebraska

LINCOLN, NE -- The bull elk hunting season closed October 23 for the majority of the state, with a record 91 bulls harvested. Only the Boyd Unit, where three bull permits were issued, remains open. So far, 80 percent of the hunters who had a bull or either-sex 2011 Nebraska...


Let's Cut Through The Bull!

GRAND JUNCTION, CO -- Halfway through the fall rifle seasons, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are again warning elk hunters not to shoot moose during their hunting trips. Law enforcement officers are investigating 11 cases of moose being illegally shot this fall, including a trophy bull moose discovered shot and...


Is Vegas Ready For An Elk Party?

MISSOULA, MT -- Pack mules carrying hunters up the Las Vegas strip. Wall tents, campfires and meat poles in the palms beneath the Stratosphere. Elk wallowing in the fountains of Bellagio. OK, maybe not. But for three days in February, Las Vegas will indeed earn a new nickname as the...


Mule Deer In Trouble In ND?

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota wildlife officials say an aerial survey indicates that mule deer production this year is the lowest on record. Big game supervisor Bruce Stillings says observers last month counted 1,055 mule deer in a 306-square-mile area in western North Dakota. He says the buck-to-doe ratio of...


Bear Goes Grocery Shopping

A bear cub wandered into a grocery store in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Saturday, and climbed up on the fruits and vegetables in the produce case. KRBD Radio in Ketchikan reported that police were called as the cub wandered back and forth in the case at Tatsuda's IGA; officers responded, and...


RIP Pete The Moose

Even Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin paid tribute Friday to the moose who previously triggered an impassioned debate about the ethics of confining wild animals in game hunting parks. “I join the friends and fans of Pete the Moose in expressing my sadness at his passing. My thanks to those who...


Elk Fed Tallies 6M Acres!

MISSOULA, MT -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has recorded its 6 millionth acre of habitat protected or enhanced for elk and other wildlife. How much is 6 million acres? • 9,375 square miles • Larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks...


Hey New Yorkers, Watch Out For Moose!

Motorists should be especially alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas at this time of year, warns the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Early fall is the breeding season for moose in northern New York. During this time moose are wandering looking for...


Polar Bears Are In!

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee yesterday passed a bill sponsored by founding Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus member and former Chair, Rep. Don Young, to allow the importation of legally hunted polar bear "trophies." H.R. 991, passed by the committee and now moved to the full...


Ritz Tags Monster Elk

Wild Communications, LLC/Portsmouth, NH - Popular outdoor personality Gregg Ritz's recent hunting success has helped him climb the ranks among all 60 professional hunters who compete in the Fantasy Hunting League (FHL). Gregg recently shot a trophy-class bull elk in northern Utah with his Thompson/Center muzzleloader and Hornady SST ammo...


Fantasy Report: Trophy Grizzly Kill

Professional hunter Gregg Ritz's recent Alaskan grizzly kill has helped him climb the ranks among all 60 professional hunters who compete in the Fantasy Hunting League (FHL). Gregg's 25-year-old trophy measured 9' squared, with a 26 4/8" gross skull measurement - easily earning Boone & Crockett status. Gregg took the...


25-Yr-Old Griz Gets Put Down

One of the oldest male grizzly bears ever captured in northwest Montana was euthanized Monday after age and poor condition likely led it onto private land to gorge on livestock feed after a quarter century of surviving in the wilderness. The bear, known as "Stanley" or No. 8, was 24...


NY Court Kicks Out Bear Mount

Months before the onset of winter, the Office of Court Administration has sent into hibernation a 7-foot-tall stuffed bear that briefly made the lobby of the Sullivan County Courthouse in Monticello its lair. "My position was it takes away from the decorum of the facility," Judge Michael V. Coccoma, the...


AZ Elk Society Scholarships

Phoenix, AZ -- Each year the Arizona Elk Society's Walt Nicoson Scholarship program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors continuing on to college who exhibit a commitment to wildlife and the outdoors and who participate in school-related responsibilities and activities. Two Scholarships are available in 2012 for graduating high...


56 Elk Tags Awarded To PA Hunters

HARRISBURG, PA -- After a five-day delay prompted by Tropical Storm Lee flooding that forced the closure of state offices in the Harrisburg area last week, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials held a public drawing Wednesday to award 56 elk licenses for the 2011 season. The event also was webcast via...


Monster Bear Put Down By Officer

ALASKA -- A police officer in Soldotna shot and killed a large brown bear in a busy residential area Thursday after the animal charged him, police said. Police Chief John Lucking said Officer Victor Dillon spotted the bear crossing into a yard Thursday afternoon. Dillon thought it was likely an...


Test Your Big Bear IQ

OLYMPIA, WA -- Black bear hunters can test their bear species identification skills through a new interactive program on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) website. The program, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/bear_cougar/bear/index.html , includes information on how to correctly identify black bears and grizzly bears, and gives hunters a...


Nebraska Man Wins Bighorn Lottery!

LINCOLN, NE -- Tyson Ritz of Waverly is an avid deer hunter. Now he is about to become a bighorn sheep hunter. Ritz, 28, won the bighorn sheep lottery permit on Aug. 30, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Ritz has focused his hunting on deer, but he...


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