Hunting Is Conservation – Hunting Helped Establish the Conservation Movement

Conservation is defined as the “planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction or neglect.”

America’s timeline shows hunters have played an integral role in the establishment of our nation’s land and wildlife conservation ethic.

In 1646, the local deer population near Portsmouth, Rhode Island dwindled so much that local hunters banned deer hunting from May until November to conserve the resource.

By 1720, most New England colonies followed suit.

In 1763, Massachusetts fined poachers for ignoring fledgling game laws.

In 1800, those who embraced an ethical approach to hunting called themselves “sportsmen.”

In 1806, members of the New York Sporting Club advocated the “code of the sportsman” to enforce game laws and sustain wildlife population.

In 1868, that same group pushed for a state fish commission and later lobbied Congress to form a similar federal organization – one that later became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In 1887, George Bird Grinnell and Theodore Roosevelt, both hunters, launched the Boone and Crocket Club, that helped establish the national park and national forest systems. The club also helped protect wildlife in Yellowstone Park that later became the source for numerous elk restorations.

By 1904, sportsmen successfully lobbied 13 states to require residents to buy some sort of license to hunt.

In 1927, George Grinnell and fellow sportsmen formed the forerunner of what later became Ducks Unlimited, which would go on to create a new fundraising concept in conservation – the annual membership banquet.

In 1937, hunters approved an excise tax on guns, ammunition, and since added archery equipment, that to date raised more than $14.1 billion specifically for conservation.

Over time, more hunter-based conservation groups formed to advocate for wild turkey, mule deer, pheasants, quail, wild sheep and other wildlife.

In 1984, four elk hunters founded the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation that since protected or enhanced more than 8.1 million acres of wildlife habitat, opened or improved access to more than 1.3 million acres, helped restore elk to seven states and one Canadian province, and continues to advocate for elk, conservation and hunting.

These historic and ongoing efforts all highlight how Hunting Is Conservation.

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November/December Bugle Magazine Update

In case you hadn’t heard, supply chains everywhere are in turmoil.

That means we just found out that the issue of Bugle that should be hitting your mailbox this week will now be 3 weeks late due to circumstances out of our control (an actual paper shortage in addition to the employee shortage).

The good news is that as an RMEF member, you can read this version and ALL previous issues on any device NOW by clicking “Bugle Magazine” in your My RMEF account with a valid membership. Use the link below to log in and check it out now.


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Kimber’s Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) Is Big on Attitude

Kimber’s Micro 9™ Rapide (Black Ice) gives you all the enhancements, upgrades, and flair of the original 1911 Rapide (Black Ice), in a 9mm subcompact that’s like nothing else. With its match-grade V-Cut™ trigger, DLC-coated barrel, black G10 grips and more, the Micro 9 Rapide (Black Ice) is as big on performance as it is on style. In other words, it’s time to kiss your boring, old everyday carry goodbye. 

Because it’s a Kimber, this latest addition to the Micro 9 series of pistols delivers legendary Kimber dependability, in a small 1911-like platform. All Micro frames are shaped from the finest aluminum for integrity and strength. Micro 9 design advantages include a single-action trigger with a short, smooth pull that ensures accuracy and builds confidence. The thumb safety, slide release and magazine release are pure 1911 as well. 

Standard features on Micro 9 handguns include a lowered and flared ejection port for flawless ejection and a beveled magazine well for fast, positive loading. Sights are steel — not plastic — and mounted in machined dovetails for additional integrity. Each Micro 9 includes an extended seven-round magazine.

Simple operation and 9mm power make the Micro 9 platform ideal for shooters with small hands, as well as those who insist on mild recoil combined with enough power for concealed carry or home protection.

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The Allterra Guarantee


Thanks to our patented Bolt-to-Bore Alignment™ and No-Fail Cycling™, AllTerra Arms guarantees your rifle:

  • will shoot sub .5” 3-shot groups with premium factory ammo
  • will shoot sub .25” 3-shot groups with AllTerra Arms handloads
  • will have no significant change in accuracy when shooting different bullet weights
  • will cycle in all field conditions

If within 90 days of receiving your rifle you are dissatisfied with its performance, you may return it for replacement or a full refund. Simply contact us for a return authorization number and we will send a call tag to pick up your rifle.

The rifle must be returned in original factory condition (no alternations or modifications) and include any and all accessories that came with it (scope, mounts, case, bipod, ammunition, etc.).

All rifles are shot from prone or off a shooting bench with sandbags. No mechanical vices, lead sleds, etc. are used.

Targets are included with every rifle.

ABOUT OUR GUARANTEE: shooting a sub – .25” group is extremely challenging. Our range technicians are former military snipers, professional shooters, and firearms instructors. They certify every rifle that leaves our facility to insure it meets our accuracy guarantee. Our rifles are not certified using vises and are shot from the shoulder on sandbags or bipods. Our purpose in shooting them and providing the target is to certify it shoots per our guarantee but that doesn’t mean you will get the same results. We use the analogy of buying a car capable of going 200 mph, but that doesn’t mean the customer can actually drive it that fast. Our rifles will shoot better than most of us are able to and we highly recommend attending one of our shooting courses to get the most out of your AllTerra Arms rifle. Find out more at:

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Application Period Open for 2022 Utah Sportsmen Permits

Below is a news release from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Sportsman permits are among Utah’s most prized hunting permits.

Utahns can begin submitting applications for the 2022 sportsman permits on Oct. 20, 2021. You can apply for permits on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website or over the phone by calling the nearest DWR regional office. To be included in the permit drawing, you must submit your phone application by 5 p.m. or online application no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 10.

“If you draw a sportsman permit, you can hunt on almost every unit in Utah that’s open to hunting the species you drew a permit for,” DWR Wildlife Licensing Coordinator Lindy Varney said. “Also, the season dates are much longer, so you’ll have more time to scout different places to harvest an animal. It’s the hunt of a lifetime.”

Utahns may apply for as many species as they’d like, but only one sportsman permit is offered for each of the following species:

  • Bison
  • Black bear
  • Buck deer
  • Buck pronghorn
  • Bull elk
  • Bull moose
  • Desert bighorn sheep
  • Mountain goat
  • Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep
  • Wild turkey

This year, two sportsman permits will be offered for cougars — one for the 2021–22 season and one for the 2022–23 season. Utahns may apply for and draw both cougar permits.

There’s a non-refundable $10 application fee to apply for each species (including each of the two cougar permits). If you successfully draw a permit, the permit fees range from $35 to $513. Visit the DWR website to see the cost of each permit.

Applicants cannot earn or use bonus points in the sportsman drawing, and only Utah residents may apply for sportsman permits. (See the Utah residency requirements on the DWR website.)

In order to apply for a sportsman permit, you must turn 12 by the end of the year in which the permit is issued. You must be 12 years old to hunt all big game species. There are no age restrictions for hunting turkey. A valid Utah hunting or combination license is also required to apply for any of the sportsman permits.

Applicants will be notified about the drawing results on or before Nov. 17. You’ll be notified by email, but you can also get the drawing results online or by calling 1-800-221-0659.

(Photo source: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

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Wyoming Land Exchange Proposal Aims to Improve Public Access

The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming joined forces with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Mule Creek Ranch LLC on a proposed land exchange in southeast Wyoming. The exchange could create a 38,000-acre contiguous block of state and BLM administered public lands that would be open for outdoor recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing, and hiking.

“There’s a long way to go,” Leah Burgess, RMEF senior conservation program manager, told WyoFile. “e feel is a real win-win for the public and for wildlife habitat.”

Land exchanges are done on a value for value basis not an acre for acre basis. The BLM identified 35,231 acres of isolated and scattered BLM-administered parcels that could be utilized in various configurations to achieve equalized value for the exchange. The agency has not determined which parcels of BLM administered lands will actually be exchanged or sold at this time.

BLM will conduct a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, which includes public involvement, to determine which BLM parcels from the pool should be considered for exchange. The NEPA process will also demonstrate to the public that the proposed exchange is in compliance with current Resource Management Plans.

(Photo source: Bureau of Land Management)

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RMEF, Other Groups Offer Initiative Recommendations to Biden Administration

In an effort to advocate for hunters and traditional, active management of wildlife and habitats, while also promoting conservation over preservation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined 54 other partner groups in forwarding a set of formal recommendations for the Biden administration’s “America the Beautiful” or “Thirty by Thirty” initiative.

The recommendations reflect the priorities first outlined in the Hunt Fish 30×30 Coalition’s “Hunting and Fishing Community Statement on the 30×30 Initiative,” several of which are highlighted below:

  • Clearly defining “conservation” to support the active management and sustainable use of our nation’s public trust fish and wildlife resources.
  • Collaborating closely with entities devoted to achieving measurable biodiversity conservation objectives, including:
    • State fish and wildlife management agencies,
    • Regional fish and wildlife management bodies,
    • Members of the sporting-conservation community,
    • The more than 500 federally recognized Native American tribes, and
    • Private landowners through voluntary, incentive-based opportunities.
  • Recognizing and including all efforts directly contributing to biodiversity conservation in the forthcoming American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas, including those on lands subject to multiple uses.

(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)

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Hunter Scales Tree to Report First Elk in Modern Missouri Archery Hunting History

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for a man who made hunting history in Missouri, but they worked out in the end.

Chris Irick shot a mature bull elk with his bow in the evening of October 18, 2021, the first elk killed by archery methods in Missouri’s modern elk history. The thing is, he couldn’t find it.

It turns out that another hunter, one seeking a bear in the state’s first-ever black bear hunt, found it the next morning and reported it to conservation agents. Irick was also back in the woods and eventually found the elk as well. In an effort to report the kill as required by hunting regulations, he scaled a tree 16 feet in the air to get better cell service. By then, Conservation Agent Logan Brawley was on the scene. When he drove up, he couldn’t see Irick but head him yelling up in the tree.

Thanks to cool overnight temperatures, the elk meat was just fine and Irick was able to pack it out.

Missouri’s archery season continues through October 24 while the rifle season is December 11-19.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding and volunteer manpower to help with the successful restoration of elk to their historic Missouri range in 2011. Since 1991, RMEF and its partners completed 133 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Missouri with a combined value of more than $2.9 million that enhanced 11,004 acres of habitat.

Missouri held its first-ever managed elk hunt in 2020.

(Photo source: Missouri Department of Conservation)

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Elk Wandering Across Wisconsin

Below is a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has received reports of bull elk observed in southwestern and southeastern Wisconsin in mid-October.

Young bull elk leaving their home ranges is a natural behavior during the fall breeding season. The department encourages the public to enjoy viewing elk from a safe distance.

Deer hunters should take extra care to be sure of their target while hunting and can use resources on the DNR website to distinguish elk from white-tailed deer while afield.

“Deer hunters in this area aren’t used to looking out for elk, which makes sense. These bulls are some of the first elk seen in southern counties in more than 100 years,” said Scott Roepke, DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor. “Still, we know these animals can wander large distances, and local deer hunters should make sure they’ve got a white-tail in their sights before taking a shot this season.”

Anyone who sees an elk outside of their established ranges near Clam Lake and Black River Falls can report their sighting online using the DNR’s large mammal observation form.

Once widespread across North America, elk were eliminated from Wisconsin in the 1880s. With the support of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ho Chunk Nation and several other partners, the DNR began a multi-year effort to re-establish elk in the Black River Falls area in 2015.

The central forest herd now numbers over 100 animals. Elk who wander into other parts of the state are typically younger bulls that set off in search of unoccupied territory where competition for female elk is lower.

(Photo source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

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Bull Elk, Mule Deer Buck Freed from Entanglements in Colorado, Idaho

It’s a situation wildlife officers face all too often. An animal is tangled up in some sort of man-made product and needs assistance to be freed.

It recently happened in the small community of Genesee, Colorado, about 20 miles west of Denver. A young bull elk got caught up in some netting and made a mess of the yard trying to escape. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers answered a call, tranquilized the elk, removed the netting and the animal returned to the wild. Go here to see additional photos.

Things were a little different, somewhat rodeo-like in Pocatello, Idaho, where a young mule deer buck got its antlers tangled in a hammock and ran in circles around a tree trying to get away. Two Idaho Fish and Game personnel bravely approached and tackled the buck, holding it while another cut the twisted, knotted ropes from the antlers. Once freed, the deer ran off although its antlers bobbed loosely because of its struggle with the hammock. Go here to see a video of the rescue.

Wildlife officials urge homeowners wherever they live in big game country, to remove items from their land that may cause issues for wildlife.

(Photo source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

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