Archives for February 2010

Annual On-line Trip Auction Begins February 19

Searching for breathtaking nature experiences in Idaho’s back country? Looking for a rare opportunity to count white-faced ibis and Franklin gulls or help survey songbirds and raptors? Want to learn more about “behind the scenes” wildlife research?

Or maybe you’ve wanted to assist an Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologist in managing Idaho’s fish, wildlife and habitat? Then make a date to bid on 40 trips during this year’s online auction.

Join the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s 20th annual trip auction beginning at 9 a.m. Mountain time, Friday, February 19. The auction ends at 9 p.m. Mountain Time, Sunday, February 28.

You’ll see lots of new trips as well as encore trips offering opportunities to get outside and learn more about Idaho’s fish, birds and wildlife and also experience beautiful parts of Idaho! Full trip descriptions and step-by-step instructions for bidding are available at www.ifwfauction.cmarket.com.

The 2010 trip auction benefits Idaho’s “Watchable Wildlife” programs, designed to promote wildlife viewing, photography, education and to instill a greater appreciation for all wildlife.

The auction, co-sponsored by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, is the foundation’s largest fundraiser, attracting anglers, hunters, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. The auction’s major sponsor is Active Outdoors, offering integrated technology and marketing solutions for conservation and park agencies.

The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a nonprofit organization celebrating twenty years of helping to protect and sustain Idaho’s fishing, hunting and wildlife heritage. Board members represent each region of the state.

What the Loss of the Heritage Fund Means to Arizona and You

 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hosted a public presentation and live webcast on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 to discuss the potential ramifications to Arizona from a proposed elimination of the Heritage Fund.

The state of Arizona faces a formidable budget deficit, and options to balance the budget are becoming more limited. On January 15, the Governor’s office released a budget plan to resolve a nearly $5 billion deficit for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The plan proposes to permanently take the Department’s $10 million Heritage Fund. This proposed fund reduction would begin with $5 million in the current fiscal year, continue with the full $10 million for fiscal year 2011 begin July 1, 2010, and would permanently redirect all Arizona State Lottery revenue (the source of the Heritage Fund) into the state’s general fund The Department’s Heritage Fund provides essential funding for conserving Arizona’s wildlife and is one of their primary funding sources. This loss would impact Arizona’s economy and its diverse wildlife and reduce outdoor recreation opportunities.

You can go the AGFD website (http://azgfd.gov/) and click on the Bald Eagle, this will give you some additional information.

Online Bowhunter Education Available to Adults

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks now offers bowhunter education on the Internet to anyone 18 years and older. State law says all first time bowhunters must take a bowhunter education course. The online course, which costs $20, is a chance for an adult to take the course at his, or her, convenience. All students, whether taking the course in a classroom setting or online, must take a field course to receive their certification card.
Get more information here!

Hunter’s Checklist & GPS

A must-have for hunters who want to be prepared in every way, from bringing the right gear, to contacting your state’s DNR office, to finding your tree stand in the dark. It’s worth a look for the cost of $1!

Check out the iTunes app here!

RMEF Colorado 2010 Super Drawing

Based on the success of our 2009 Colorado Super Raffle, we have developed the 2010 Colorado Super Drawing.

A couple of items that are significantly different for this year:

1) Reduced ticket prices for donors; 1 for $10, 3 for $20 and 20 for a $100 donation
2) Increased from 10 prizes in 2009 to 20 prizes, totaling almost $35,000 in value, including 4 hunts!
3) A special “First 200/400” raffle for $100 donors. This is in addition to the 20 prizes listed on the Super Drawing flyer (http://www.rmef.org/Hunting/StateRaffles/COSuperRaffle.htm).

If you are one of the 1st 200 $100 donors, you will be entered into a free drawing for a Weatherby Vanguard in .300 WSM. Those 1st 200 names, including the winner, will then be placed in a drawing with the remaining $100 donors (#’s 201-400) for a Weatherby Vanguard in .270 WSM. Those supporters that are quick in returning their form and donate $100 for the 20 tickets are therefore in 2 additional drawings, outside of the 20 items on the Super Drawing.

You might want to print out the flyer right now and submit your donation to be a part of this.

Thank you again for your continued support of the RMEF and our team in Colorado. Please feel free to forward this flyer to your friends and family.

Vermont Moose Applications Available

 

WATERBURY, VT – Vermont moose hunting permit applications are available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website (http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com) and at license agents statewide. Fish and Wildlife now has an online application that makes it easy to apply.

On Fish & Wildlife’s website, look under “Hunting and Trapping,” and then click on Lottery Applications. Lottery applications are $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The deadline to apply is June1.

Winners of the permit lottery will purchase resident hunting permits for $100 and nonresident hunting permits for $350. Hunters also will have the option to bid on five moose hunting permits in an auction to be announced later.

“Permit allocation numbers will not be finalized until a regulation is adopted in early summer,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche. “We are making the applications available now for hunters’ convenience. If you are concerned about making Wildlife Management Unit choices before permit numbers are set, you may want to wait to apply.”

Contact:
Cedric Alexander, 802-751-0105 / Scott Darling, 802-786-3862

Elk Camp Seminars, Registration

All media attending the upcoming Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Reno, Nev., March 4-7, are welcome to cover the extensive lineup of Cabela’s-sponsored seminars. Topics include bowhunting and other hunting skills, horse packing, marksmanship, wild game cooking, game calling strategies and much more. See list below. Media pre-registration is encouraged to ensure smooth entry into the seminars, RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships and expo hall upon arrival at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.

Media can pre-register by contacting Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, at steve@blueheroncomm.com or 800-654-3766.

Seminars include:

Thursday, March 4
Making the Most of Your Season
Wayne Carlton, CamoWest

Hunting in a Sacred Manner
Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, reloading editor for LoadData.com

Hunting and Calling Big Bulls Solo
Al Morris, world elk calling champion, Hunter’s Specialties

Three-Step Success to Calling Rutting Bulls
Steve Chappell, Cabela’s pro staff

How to Get an Easy Elk
Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors

Successful Archery Elk Strategies
Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters

Friday, March 5
RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships
Preliminary Rounds

Horse-Packing Clinic
Blain Jackson, Cottonwood Ranch

Optical Illusions, What Matters in Hunting Optics
Wayne van Zwoll, author, Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting

Making the Most of Your Season
Wayne Carlton, CamoWest

Carnivore’s Kitchen, Eating Wild
Chef John McGannon, Wildeats

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, reloading editor for LoadData.com

How to Draw a Trophy Big Game Tag in the West
Garth Carter, founder, The Huntin’ Fool magazine

Gutless Gutting, from Field to Freezer
Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures

Dutch Oven Cooking
Phyllis Speer, host, Arkansas Outdoors

How to Get an Easy Elk
Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors

How to Draw a Trophy Big Game Tag in the West
Garth Carter, founder, The Huntin’ Fool magazine Ralph Ramos, PSE pro staff

All the Right Moves, Modern Elk Calling Techniques and Strategies

Saturday, March 6
RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships
Championship Rounds

Horse-Packing Clinic
Blain Jackson, Cottonwood Ranch

All the Right Moves, Modern Elk Calling Techniques and Strategies
Ralph Ramos, PSE pro staff

Making the Most of Your Season
Wayne Carlton, CamoWest

Carnivore’s Kitchen, Eating Wild
Chef John McGannon, Wildeats

Tame the Mountain, Successful Backcountry Hunting
Cameron Hanes, Editor Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal

Predator Hunting and Predator Control Tips
Al Morris, world elk calling champion, Hunter’s Specialties

How to Get an Easy Elk
Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors

Successful Archery Elk Strategies
Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters

Optical Illusions, What Matters in Hunting Optics
Wayne van Zwoll, author of Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, Reloading Editor for LoadData.com

Wild Game Cuisine
Phyllis Speer, host, Arkansas Outdoors

How to Draw a Trophy Big Game Tag in the West
Garth Carter, founder, The Huntin’ Fool magazine
Sunday, March 7
Three-Step Success to Calling Rutting Bulls
Steve Chappell, Cabela’s pro staff

Successful Archery Elk Strategies
Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, Reloading Editor for LoadData.com

Gutless Gutting, from Field to Freezer
Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures

Hunting and Calling Big Bulls Solo
Al Morris, world elk calling champion, Hunter’s Specialties

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.7 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

Archery Accessories Support Conservation in Elk Country

MISSOULA, Mont.—Quality habitat, healthy elk herds and ample places to hunt them. Bowhunters can help make it real by buying two newly engineered accessories from New Archery Products (NAP). Each purchase of QuikTune 360° arrowrests and HellRazor broadheads supports the conservation work of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Brady Arview, vice president of marketing for NAP, said, “Bowhunting for elk in September—it doesn’t get any better. That’s why we’re proud to partner with RMEF and help ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat by offering these two specially licensed products.”

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Sheep Management and Charlie Meyers

 

DENVER, Colo. — The “Southern Delivery System Project,” Georgetown bighorn sheep management and a dedication to late Denver Post writer Charlie Meyers headline the agenda for the Colorado Wildlife Commission’s Feb. 11 workshop in Denver.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Hunter Education Building at Division of Wildlife Headquarters, 6060 Broadway.

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Plan Your Hunt!

Looking for information on how, when, and where to hunt in Colorado?  Check out our new web page: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/PlanYourHunt/ and get the inside scoop on planning a safe and successful hunt this year!