Archives for September 2010

Correction To X2 Frame Wrap

This is from Linton Outdoors

An update from Eberlestock on the new 2010 X2, the tension straps on the frame were routed incorrectly at the factory. Basically the straps are double wrapped around the aluminum frame, should be single…causing some squeaks. The fix is simple, here is a link with pictures. We hope you are all having a great hunting season! Let us know if you have any gear questions this season…Thanks

DOW Researcher Presents Plans for Mule Deer Study

KREMMLING, Colo — The Colorado Division of Wildlife is preparing for a large study of buck mule deer survival in Middle Park to improve the Division’s ability to manage deer populations around the state through more informed modeling and harvest decisions.

The study plan will be explained by lead researcher Eric Bergman at a meeting of the Blue Valley Sportsman Club on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The public is invited to attend the meeting which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Blue Valley Sportsman Club.

Management of deer populations has become more complicated since the state responded to mule deer population declines by moving from over-the-counter deer licenses to limited licenses in 1999. [Read more…]

Idaho Fish and Game Idaho Wolf Management Update

Wolves were removed from the endangered species list on May 4, 2009. Idaho Fish and Game has taken over management under 2008 state law, the 2002 wolf management plan and the 2008 Wolf Population Management Plan. Wolves will be managed as big game animals, similar to black bears and mountain lions. Hunting seasons will be set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

The Idaho Wolf Management page can be accessed here. The latest update is the Lolo 10(j) Wolf Reduction Proposal.

RMEF Education Grants for Maryland, Delaware

RMEF Education Grants for Maryland, Delaware

MISSOULA, Mont.–Conservation education projects in nine counties in Maryland and one county in Delaware have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding for Maryland, totaling $7,315 will affect Allegany, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Garrett, Harford, Montgomery and Wicomico counties. An additional project has statewide interest. [Read more…]

Virginia to Receive Grants from Elk Foundation

MISSOULA, Mont.–A trio of conservation education and hunting heritage projects in Virginia have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $1,500, will help fund regional and statewide programs.

“Elk have always been an inspiration to our volunteers and members in Virginia, even before elk restoration was making local headlines. Since 1996, RMEF banquets and fundraisers have supported many kinds of conservation projects all across elk habitat, in western as well as eastern states, plus some 30 different projects in Virginia with a combined value of more than $150,000,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. [Read more…]

GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Supports U.S. Military Hunters

W.L. Gore & Associates, a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products including the GORE-TEXR brand, today announced new initiatives to support United States military personnel who are dedicated hunters, including a partnership with the non-profit organization Freedom Hunters, a nationwide “Hunt with Heroes” contest and the OPTIFADE Basic Training event at Fort Campbell Kentucky.

“We are pleased to honor the thousands of active duty military members and veterans who are avid athlete-hunters,” commented David Dillon, Hunting Category Leader at Gore.  “The men and women of our military benefit from the comfort and protection of Gore technologies while in the line of duty. We also want to encourage and support their personal endeavors, and give those who hunt the best chance of success in the field.”

GORE OPTIFADE Concealment is the first-ever visual concealment pattern based on animal vision.  One of the experts who worked with Gore to create the pattern is retired Army Lt. Col Timothy O’Neill.  Known as the “father of digital camouflage,” O’Neill invented the first digital concealment pattern for the U.S. military and has created patterns for many of the world’s armed forces. [Read more…]

Celebrate Conservation at RMEF Visitor Center, Sept. 25-26

MISSOULA, Mont.–Elk calling contests, family activities, door prizes, a traveling exhibit of world-class bull elk, trophy scoring. These and other attractions are part of a free, weekend-long celebration, Sept. 25-26, at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center in Missoula, Mont.

The event celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day. Congress in 1972 formalized the national day of recognition for hunters, anglers and their leadership in conservation.

“Our event is one of many being held around the country. It’s another way for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to thank hunters and reinforce the message that no one does more for conservation than hunters, anglers and sport shooters,” said Erin DeGroot, who manages the visitor center at RMEF headquarters at 5705 Grant Creek Rd. [Read more…]

10 Ideas for Efficient Elk Hunting

Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationMISSOULA, Mont.–If you’re an elk hunter, or would like to be, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is offering 10 ideas for improving your efficiency this hunting season.

All were condensed from recent and coming features in RMEF’s bi-monthly member magazine, Bugle. A subscription comes with an annual RMEF membership for $35. To join, call 800-CALL ELK or visit www.rmef.org.

1. Scout from Space
If you’ve looked into the night sky, you’ve noticed the many satellites now orbiting our planet. They’re great tools for today’s hunter. Google Earth (earth.google.com) uses satellite images and aerial photography to give birds-eye views of elk country. Locate meadows, burns, roads, water, heavy-timber escape areas and more. You can even find places where the forest canopy thins to suggest hidden grazing spots for elk. Newer GPS units accept uploaded coordinates from Google Earth, allowing you to walk directly to and more efficiently ground-truth potential honeyholes. [Read more…]

HuntingLife After Life

Kevin over at HuntingLife has been diligently working with this developers over the past few months on revamping the site that would be better on the eyes, easier to navigate and didn’t look like Sideshow Bob’s house.

Head on over to the site and give a look through and provide some feedback to Kevin and his team. The site is there you to utilize as a resource and your reading pleasure, so your feedback can only make the site even better.

While they were working on the website, they were updating their iPhone Application as well. Check it out in the iTunes Store.

Kevin, congratulations on the new website and iPhone Application!

Fall Black Bear Hunting Season Begins Soon

The fall black bear hunting season begins Sept. 15 in most areas of Montana.   The archery season for black bear begins Sept. 4. All hunters should check the regulations for season date exceptions.

Hunters may purchase a black bear hunting license at all FWP offices, FWP license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov , under Online Services until Aug. 31. After Aug. 31, the licenses will be available only at FWP offices or online, and there is a five-day wait on their use.

Black bear hunters must have successfully completed the Black Bear Identification Test and must present a certificate of completion when purchasing a black bear license.  The training and test are available on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov under Online Services.  A paper version of the test may be obtained at FWP offices or license providers.

2010 Black Bear hunting regulations are available on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov , from FWP license providers and at FWP offices.