October 29, 2009
Whether hunting public or privateland, the fundamentals of calling elk remain the same.
By Michael Waddell
We heard the bull bugle at first light and snuck into his core area. When I hit a lick on my bugle, the bull simply came unglued and stormed our position like a tank, crashing through brush and small lodgepole pines like they were matchsticks. Before we could react he was in our lap and we were pinned down, myself hiding behind a camera, too afraid to even touch the tripod for fear of my shaking hands would run the footage. All I could see of my partner edged against a stunted pine was the tip of his undrawn arrow shaking uncontrollably on the rest. Before a shot presented itself, the bull smelled a rat and disappeared as quickly as he arrived.
October 28, 2009
With all the great stories, equipment, adventures and people out there I thought it would be great to get some pictures. If you have any pictures from a hunt, your gear or best of all you geared up that would be great. If you send in pictures I will post on our site as well as putting some of the best pictures on all our sites. Things I am looking for, but not limited to.
• Gear: Clothes, utility tools, ATV’s…
• Favorite weapons: guns, bows, sticks, stones…
• Best Duck Blind or Hide…
• You, family or friends dressed for the hunt…
• Where you hunt
All I need is a digital picture in any PC compatible format and a description of the picture. You can make the description as long or short as you would like. If there is a story behind the picture we would love to hear about it.
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Note: If you want a picture posted and do not have a digital copy I would be willing to scan it for you. Please contact me for details.
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October 26, 2009
This is a late season, public land Osceola hunt. Behind the gun is Scott Ellis (contributing writer for U.S. Hunting Today). Videographer: John Applewhite. This bird goes away from us at first but after moving into his “personal zone” things quickly start to move in our favor. Watch as we are able to tease this gobbler into gun range with some sweet talk. Lots of gobblin! What a movie star! (More videos!)
October 22, 2009
MISSOULA, Mont. Elk and other wildlife in the nation?s breadbasket will benefit from $31,343 in new grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The grants will help fund conservation and education initiatives in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Grant amounts are based on RMEF fundraisers held in the respective states.
“Elk Foundation volunteers drove the 2008 banquets, auctions and other fundraising events that made these grants possible. This is where their work begins to transform into on-the-ground conservation benefits, and it’s part of the payday for our supporters who are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors,” said David Allen, Elk Foundation president and CEO. Read more
October 19, 2009
Well I am the new Managing Editor to the site and would like to give a quick hello. In the next few weeks there will be some new and exciting things going on including new articles and information and of course a big push to add content and more readers. If you would like to submit anything please let me know. I am looking for stories, reviews, recipes, and any other valuable information that would be of interest to other hunters out there.
October 19, 2009
MISSOULA, Mont. ?More than $23,000 in hunting guns, bows and gear will be raffled at five 2010 consumer sports shows in the Ultimate Elk Hunter?s Raffle presented by International Sportsmen?s Expositions (ISE) and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Raffle monies will be used for RMEF habitat projects in the respective ISE show states.
In 2009, RMEF passed 5.6 million acres of habitat conserved or enhanced, and over a half-million acres opened or secured for public access.
Five prizes valued at $4,500 total will be raffled at each 2010 ISE show, including: Read more
October 13, 2009
I wonder if I even need to ask that question. Last week Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials opted to close the wolf hunt in Wildlife Management Unit 3, which abuts the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, stating that although the quota they had made for that unit was 12 wolves, 9 had been taken earlier than they thought.
According to the Los Angeles Times the reason for stopping the hunt then was:
But with nine animals having been killed surprisingly quickly in the backcountry zone, the agency decided to suspend the hunt until the general season begins, to ensure some hunting occurs elsewhere in WMU 3 before the quota of 12 is met.
October 9, 2009
(Columbus) – Two bills introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) and U.S. Representative Dan Boren (D- OK) will protect recreational hunting, fishing and shooting on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service.
Backed by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA), HR 3749 and the Senate legislation are companion bills collectively known as the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act. They will prevent situations from emerging where public land is closed arbitrarily for hunting, fishing and shooting, mandating that such closures be done through a reasonable and transparent process.
Specifically, both bills would ensure that: Read more
October 7, 2009
MISSOULA, Mont. Elk and other wildlife on the parched Arizona landscape now have six new, reliable watering sources thanks to a landmark pipeline project spearheaded by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The partly buried 1½-inch pipe, 12 miles long, delivers useable wastewater from the City of Tusayan to areas south of the Grand CanyonArizonas famous Unit 9 hunting area.
As part of this project, seven stand-alone water catchments also were built in the area.
The Elk Foundation expended $348,000 on this project using contributions from donors, proceeds from Arizona hunting permit raffles and grants from RMEF banquets and other fundraisers across the state. The Arizona Game and Fish Department provided $520,000. Other groups supported the project with volunteer labor and in-kind services. Read more
October 7, 2009
Next summer the United States Supreme Court will hear the case of McDonald v. Chicago, which is a challenge to the constitutionality of the city of Chicago’s gun ban. Similar to the most recent gun rights ruling of District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court declared D.C.’s ban unconstitutional and that the Second Amendment guaranteed an individual right to keep and bear arms, the ruling did not define to what extend the states and their local governments can impose their own gun laws.
We have read of late that a Ninth District Federal Appeals Court reaffirmed that the Fourteenth Amendment “incorporates” the Second Amendment, meaning that the 14th Amendment spells out again that the Privileges or Immunities Clause grants the rights of the Bill of Rights to all legal and lawful citizens. It’s a shame that somehow became necessary. Read more