Department of Interior Announces Recovery and Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Population


From The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The U.S. Department of Interior announced the recovery of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population as well as its intent to remove federal protections and return management to state agencies.

“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports the delisting of grizzly bears,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s been a long time coming and we think this is the appropriate move by Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

The Yellowstone population rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today. Confirmed sightings of grizzlies are taking place in locations where they have not previously been seen for more than 100 years as they extend their range in the Northern Rockies.

“This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners,” said U.S, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

The Yellowstone grizzly population meets all delisting criteria. These factors include not only the number and distribution of bears throughout the ecosystem, but also the quantity and quality of the habitat available and the states’ commitments to manage the population from now on in a manner that maintains its healthy and secure status.

“We do caution everybody to manage their expectations about the potential of hunting grizzly bears. The reality is there will be very minimal hunting of grizzly bears for the next several years. Those who oppose the delisting are going to try and use ‘trophy hunting’ as a major obstacle and reason not to delist grizzly bears. It’s purely rhetoric and propaganda,” added Allen.

The final rule, and the supporting documents, will publish in coming days in the Federal Register and the rule will take effect 30 days after publication.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK. Take action: join and/or donate.

Video: Bighorn Sheep Battle in Yellowstone


The athleticism of these animals is absolutely incredible.

In a video tease for National Geographic, bighorns battle it out in Yellowstone National Park.

To check out more from this video maker, click here.

Video: Moose Kill Each Other Fighting


It almost seems unbelievable, but two bull moose kill each other in battle.

From Buck McNeely:

“Buck McNeely encounters 2 Massive BULL MOOSE that have killed each other in combat. This battle of the “TITANS” occured in the rut and the evidence shows it may have raged for many hours. The antlers became locked in a death struggle and both Bulls wearied and drowned. From the world’s largest syndicated TV adventure series “THE OUTDOORSMAN WITH BUCK MCNEELY.” For DVD’s and FREE E Memberships visit http://www.outdoorsmanint.com”

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MeatEater Now Streaming on Netflix

MeatEater

MeatEater fans can now stream episodes of the show on Netflix.

Presently, Netflix is showing seasons five and six, and there are some great episodes in there. From pigs in Texas to mountain elk, there is hours of MeatEater to enjoy.

To check out more from MeatEater, click here.

Birchwood Casey Offers New Waxed Canvas Cleaning Mats

Long Gun Waxed Canvas Mat Birchwood Casey

The new Waxed Canvas Firearm Cleaning Mats from Birchwood Casey® help keep spent fouling, chemical spills and dirty patches from making a mess of your gun cleaning area, whether at home or at the range.

The Waxed Canvas Cleaning Mats are constructed with a durable waxed cotton interior with internal padding for protection and a tough abrasion resistant backer. The mats roll up with heavy duty snap closures for easy transport and storage. Both handgun and long gun versions are available. The handgun model measures 16” x 24” and sells for a retail price of $29.99. The long gun version measures 16” x 53” and sells for $34.99.

Visit the Birchwood Casey website at www.birchwoodcasey.com, write to 7887 Fuller Road, Ste. 100, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or call 800-746-6862 for more information.

Video: On Hunting and Meat Eating with Sarah Bowmar


A video from Hoyt features Sarah Bowmar as she talks about going from being a vegetarian to a bowhunter.

From Hoyt:

“Sarah Bowmar ditched a vegetarian lifestyle 3 years ago, picking up a bow and fueling with meat instead. In spite of the threats and negativity that followed the change, she has never looked back. Check out Bowmar Bowhunting on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bowmarbowhunting.”

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Video: Bowhunting in Africa in “A Hunter’s Way”

A Hunter’s Way – 1080 Public from Drift Media Productions on Vimeo.

A video from Drift Media Productions features footage from a true African adventure.

From the filmmakers:

“In light of all the bad press trophy hunting has received we jumped at the opportunity to take an inside look at Africa, our way. We partnered with our friends at Vantage Point to tell the story of the people, and the animals, the way we experienced it on those days.”

To check out more from Drift Media Productions, click here.