Archives for August 2009

Judge Will Consider RMEF Support of Wolf Hunting

MISSOULA, Mont.—U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Friday granted a motion allowing the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to enter an amicus curiae brief supporting state-regulated wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana.

The move means RMEF positions will be considered against an emergency injunction filed by 13 environmental groups asking the judge to stop a planned hunt and return gray wolves to the endangered species list.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday and Molloy’s ruling could follow soon afterward.

The Elk Foundation’s amicus curiae brief is posted here:

RMEF’s Amicus Brief – Wolf delisting – filed 8.28.09.pdf
Wolf Delisting Declaration and Exhibits to RMEF’s Amicus Brief Filed 8.28.09.pdf

“We’re grateful that Judge Molloy has agreed to hear our side of this issue,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Once you cut away the hysterics and hyperbole, this is a straightforward wildlife management issue. State wildlife agencies have proven their professionalism and capability to balance predators with other resident species. They’ve been successfully managing wildlife for decades and we have total confidence in them.”

The Elk Foundation’s brief reinforces four main points:

• Historic success of modern, hunter-based conservation in North America.
• Viewpoints of hunters who continue to pay for the big-game resources that made wolf recovery possible.
• RMEF-funded research, along with other scientific and anecdotal evidence, showing that wolf populations are fully recovered and that, where wolves are present with elk, wolves are having detrimental impacts on elk.
• State wildlife agencies are best suited to manage wolves alongside other species.

CO Leftover Licenses

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Big game licenses are still available for the upcoming seasons. Leftover and general over-the-counter licenses, as well as over-the-counter bear licenses and turkey licenses (with caps), are available for purchase online (www.wildlife.state.co.us), by telephone (1-800-244-5613) and at statewide license agents and Division of Wildlife offices.   A list of all available leftover licenses is available at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/Leftovers/ .

Elk Foundation Files Motion to Intervene in Wolf Litigation

MISSOULA, Mont. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has filed a motion in Missoula federal court to enter an amicus curiae brief supporting state-regulated wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana. If the motion is granted by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy, RMEF documents will be considered in Molly’s decision on whether to allow or stop the hunt.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday and a ruling could follow soon afterward.

A coalition of 13 environmental groups filed an emergency injunction asking Molloy to stop the planned hunt and return wolves to the endangered species list.

Long gone are the days when species like elk, bears and wolves can go completely unmanaged. We don’t live in a zoo and this isn’t the old West. It is frustrating that America’s wildlife conservation system, which has worked wonderfully well since the time of Theodore Roosevelt, has been reduced to a legal chess match,  said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

Allen said the Elk Foundation’s brief reinforces four main points:

  • Historic success of modern, hunter-based conservation in North America.
  • Viewpoints of hunters who continue to pay for the big-game resources that made wolf recovery possible.
  • RMEF-funded research, along with other scientific and anecdotal evidence, showing that wolf populations are fully recovered and that, where wolves are present with elk, wolves are having detrimental impacts on elk.
  • State wildlife agencies are best suited to manage wolves alongside other species.

Allen urged Wyoming and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work together on a mutually agreeable wolf management plan to help clear a legal path to regulated wolf hunting in The Cowboy State.

2009 Wolf Hunting License

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From the FWP Site

Montana’s first wolf hunting licenses will go on sale Aug. 31.

Licenses will be valid within three specifically defined wolf management units. Hunters must obtain permission to hunt on private lands.

How to purchase

  • Hunters can purchase a wolf license online at fwp.mt.gov , or from any FWP regional office or license provider.
  • Hunters must have, or purchase, a valid 2009 conservation license.
  • Wolf hunting licenses are $19 for residents and $350 for nonresidents. Regulations and Seasons
  • Regulations are available via the FWP Web site at fwp.mt.gov , and from most FWP license providers.
  • Hunters cannot use any motorized vehicle—including OHVs and snowmobiles—to hunt wolves.
  • The use of dogs, bait, scent, lures, traps, lights, electronic tracking devices, or any recorded or electrically amplified bird or animal calls to hunt or attract wolves is prohibited.
  • Additional rules and regulations that apply to big game hunting are also in effect.
  • Wolf hunting-seasons:
    • Sept. 15–Nov. 29—in early backcountry deer and elk hunting districts 150, 151, 280, and 316.
    • Oct. 25–Nov. 29—in entire Wolf Management Units 1, 2 and 3.
    • If a WMU’s quota isn’t met, the wolf hunting season could be extended in that area to run Dec. 1-31. No more than 25 percent of the established WMU quota, however, can be harvested in December.

 

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Win a Grand Slam!

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You could WIN all four spectacular North American sheep hunts to complete one of the most prestigious milestones in the hunting world!

One lucky member will win the opportunity to hunt ALL FOUR North American sheep needed to complete a Grand Slam.

A $145,000 value

An experience that is priceless and all for a great cause!

Dall Sheep with Bonnet Plume Outfitters

Stone Sheep with Yukon Stone Outfitters

Rocky Mountain Bighorn with South Ram Outfitters

Desert Bighorn with Alcampo Hunting Adventures

Added Bonus!
$5,000
For Travel
In addition to winning all four hunts the lucky winner will be awarded five thousand dollars toward travel expenses.

 

Drawing will be held September 1, 2009.
Deadline to purchase tickets is August 31, 2009

 

Get all the information here!

 

Hunters: Know Your Bulls

With elk archery season opening Sept. 5, and backcountry elk season set to open Sept. 15, no elk hunter wants to shoot the wrong elk in the right place, or the right elk in the wrong place. Elk hunters—know your bulls.

An antlered bull elk is any elk with an antler or antlers at least four inches in length measured from the top of the skull.

A brow-tined bull is any elk with an antler or antlers with a visible point on the lower half of either main beam that is greater than or equal to four inches long.

A spike bull is an elk with antlers that do not branch, or if branched, the branch is less than four inches long measured from the main antler.

An antlerless elk is a female, or a juvenile male with antlers less than four inches in length measured from the top of the skull.

To learn more, check the 2009 big game deer, elk and antelope regulations on page 27.

2010 Arizona Spring Hunting Regulations are Online

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Game and Fish accepting applications now, take advantage of correction period

PHOENIX — Eager hunters looking for a hunting permit for spring turkey, javelina, buffalo or bear can start applying now by visiting www.azgfd.gov/draw. The 2010 spring hunting regulation booklet is posted online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site.

There is nothing wrong with being eager. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 13 by 7 p.m. (MST). Postmarks do not count. With many hunters in the field during the fall hunting season, it is easy to forget to submit your application.

This is now a great time to get your application submitted and take advantage of the correction period. If your application has a mistake and is received by Sept. 24 by 5 p.m., the department will attempt to call you three times in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected.

Get all of the information here.

Pre-season Training with Dan Staton

Sportsmans FitnessDan Staton over at Sportsmans Fitness has some great pre-season training advice for those of you looking to get ready for your hunting season.

Dan was greatly needed and is appreciated by us backcounty hunters!  He writes for several different mags, blogs and resides on several Pro Staff  Teams including Sitka.

Catch the full post here.

Kentucky Elk Tag Drawing

 

If you were not one of the lucky hunters that drew a tag in the lottery for Kentucky…Do not stress out…

There is still one more alternative…The Lady Eagles Softball Team is here to help you out…

They have a Kentucky Bull Elk Landowner Tag they are raffling off on September 18th, 2009!

Download the Flyer Here and get yourself into this drawing.  You’re helping out the local community and you just might get really lucky and get a chance at a hunt of a lifetime!!!

Team HuntingLife Announcement

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Team HuntingLife has been getting pretty excited because in less than 30 days we will have in our hands the pilot episode for our new Television Show The Hunting Life.  We have all been working hard on this show and we are excited about the prospects of getting our show completed and in the hands of our sponsors, prospective sponsors and in front of all of our readers.

As well over the next 60 days you will all get to witness stage one of a two step site update that will be coming to HuntingLife.com in the coming year.  Our first update will be significant to those of you who have been on our site as we are going to be breaking out with our new HuntingLife Podcast and an easier search feature to have access to our videos and hunting reports.  Our Podcast will be downloadable directly into iTunes and you will be able to watch our videos on your iPod while you are in your favorite treestand or hunting blind this fall.

As well we are going to be breaking apart our Hunting and Conservation News and our Team HuntingLife Pro Staff Journal.  This change will allow us to highlight the frequent writing of our Pro Staff team and provide a more viable news source on all issues in regards to hunting, conservation and the outdoors.

We look forward to the new changes and you can be assured that we will not be losing our personal touch to the site and our simple easy to use site.

Our second update will be announced later this year with a key focus on building community with all of our readers and fans.

Fall Season Update

Our Pro Staff Team is completely excited about our Fall Lineup and we will have hunts from as far South as New Mexico, to as far North as Manitoba, with hunts in Montana, Colorado, Utah, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Brunswick, New York, Wisconsin and North Carolina and maybe some great footage from some of our outfitters across the country and globe thrown in for good measure.

From 15 years old all the way to over 50 our diverse team is excited to share their hunting trips and tips with all of you.  One episode is being completed, two are down on tape and we have a lot more to get done.  As well come October 31st our goal will be to bring you 3-5 podcasts per week and we are laying down tape on some great product reviews, hunting tips, hunts and a whole lot more

Outfitter Specials

We giving all of our great outfitters notice that we are excited to run any of their cancellation hunts, specials and deals in our Pro Staff Journal section effective immediately.  We look forward to working with all of our great outfitters to share the news of great deals to all of our readers.  We will be adding effective November 1st, 2009 a new section to our site focused specifically on great hunting deals so you can find those once in a lifetime opportunities at a great bargain.

Season Kick off Special for Outfitters

We are offering a season kick off special for outfitters effective immediately and going through September 20th, 2009.  In these tough economic times everyone is looking for a great deal and we have one for the outfitters.  List your outfitting business, guiding service or lodge up on HuntingLife.com for 9 months for a rate of $295.00. Our normal 1 year rate will be back in effect on September 21st, 2009 for our 2009 rate of $495.00.  We want the chance to earn your business!

We will work to earn your business one lead at a time and with our growing traffic and upcoming television show and podcast we will continue to grow our traffic on a daily basis.

We work with each and every outfitter to create a custom 1 page listing that drives the leads back to you.  We take your logo, your 40 pictures and work with you to create a custom 1 page write up about your business and offerings and highlight your business in your state or province.  We only allow 10 outfitters per state and province and the listings are first come first served.

We also work with outfitters on website creation, logo work, graphics and printing and custom embroidery work as well as offering brand consulting and full fledged marketing plans for your business.

Please contact Randall Buchanan at (828) 443-5419 rbuchanan@huntinglife.com or Kevin Paulson at (202) 744 – 5806 kevin@huntinglife.com for your advertising needs.

Product Reviews and Sponsorship Opportunities

Our team of experienced Team HuntingLife Pro Staff is always looking for great products to review and if you are interested in getting your product reviewed fairly on our site please email kevin@huntinglife.com to discuss your needs. If you’re serious about getting the word out about your product discuss with us the opportunity to have your product and company featured on our podcast or on our new television show coming out in 2010.  We have several available sponsorships and we are extremely excited to work with our sponsors to highlight best in class companies and products.