Author: Forrest Nelson

Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Forever Wild Families Receives $3,000 grant from RMEF

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) aided in the purchase of 19 Ruger American rifles for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Forever Wild Families program.  The purchase was made by way of the $3,000 grant the organization was awarded from the RMEF for Hunter Heritage and Conservation Outreach. Through this program, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) provides a safe and educational environment for those wanting to educate themselves about hunting and outdoor survival skills. By providing young individuals and their families with proper mentorship, the program does a great job of not only developing new anglers...

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70,000 Starlings Perform One of Nature’s Most Extraordinary Sights

What is considered an invasive species here in North America; the European Starling is a black, speckled and rather unsightly bird, but it’s aerial spectacles are a sight to behold. Introduced to North America back in 1880, these birds are often thought of as pests, particularly to North American famers as they destroy valuable crops. However, when these birds gather in the tens of thousands to perform what is referred to as a murmeration, it is difficult to look away. As these birds band together, often as a defence mechanism, they create wild pulses of enlargement and diminution in...

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Hunting is Conservation – Here’s 25 Reasons Why

Sine 1984 The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has been ensuring the future of elk and other wildlife is secure across North America.  In addition to protecting public lands and conserving elk habitat, the RMEF is also a voice for hunters, actively endorsing the sport of hunting on a daily basis.  Utilizing industry data and their internal statistics, the RMEF  recently released a comprehensive list illustrating 25 reasons why hunting is conservation.  Here they are: In 1907, only 41,000 elk remained in North America. Thanks to the money and hard work invested by hunters to restore and conserve habitat,...

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Wisconsin Governor Makes It Official: Fluorescent Pink is a Legal Hunting Color

The governor of Wisconsin signed a bill that would allow hunters to wear fluorescent pink instead of the traditional blaze orange, previously required for hunters in the state. Governor Scott Walker and other supporters of the bill are hopeful this new legislation will not only spur the state’s economy, but many hope this will nudge more females into the sport of hunting. Despite the diplomacy of the bill, it has been met with skeptics along the way, as many female hunters believe passing the law is downright sexist. The state of Colorado is also mulling over the idea of...

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Oregon State Police Presented with Infrared Imaging Unit to Battle Poaching

After raising $4,500, the Capital and Mid-Williamette chapters of the Oregon Hunters Association presented the Oregon State Police’s game enforcement unit with an infrared thermal imaging camera. Similar infrared units have been used recently by other game enforcement agencies and are currently being used in Africa’s Kruger National Park in the fight against the poaching of the park’s rhinoceros. These cameras give officers the ability to effectively see at night and spot potential poachers or their prey. The data derived from these cameras will undoubtedly aid as irrefutable evidence in the prosecution of those violating the laws surrounding hunting...

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