August 24, 2019

RMEF Grants Aid Elk, Elk Habitat in South Dakota

MISSOULA, Mont.–The extensive monitoring of elk to deal with chronic wasting disease, prescribed burning to improve habitat, and various projects to enhance wildlife water supplies and promote hunting heritage are among 2013 efforts funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in South Dakota.

The RMEF grants total $71,232 and directly affect Aurora, Brule, Butte, Charles Mix, Custer, Douglas, Fall River, Lawrence, Lincoln, Meade and Pennington Counties. There are also several projects of statewide interest.

“Chronic wasting disease can have a devastating impact on elk populations in South Dakota so it’s important we remain committed to an intensive program at Wind Cave National Park designed to monitor and remove those that appear infected,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Funding a prescribed burn will also improve elk habitat in the same region.”

Allen thanked dedicated RMEF volunteers in South Dakota who conducted fundraising projects at their banquets and via membership drives to generate the funding. He also thanked volunteers and members around the nation for their dedication to conservation, elk and elk country.

RMEF grants will help fund the following 2013 projects, listed by county:

Butte County–Provide RMEF volunteer manpower to help install 3/8-inch aluminum cable along a 1/4-mile stretch of fencing on private land to ease movement for the Red Water elk herd and minimize fence damage.

Charles Mix County–Provide funding for a wildlife display at the Cecil and Phyllis Melcher Museum in Platte (also affects Aurora, Brule and Douglas counties).

Custer County–Prescribed burning for 1,986 acres in the southwest corner of Custer State Park, northwest corner of Wind Cave National Park, a portion of Black Hills National Forest lands and a small portion of private land to improve elk habitat by treating encroaching ponderosa pine and cleaning up down and dead woody debris; monitor elk movement in and out of Wind Cave National Park, conduct cow-calf counts to assist management decisions, and take part in CWD monitoring and removal of suspect animals to safeguard the herd; monitor and repair wildlife guzzlers across the Black Hills National Forest by utilizing RMEF volunteers (also affects Pennington, Lawrence, Fall River and Meade counties); provide funding for a high quality interactive display in Custer State Park focusing on game management and conservation featuring elk, bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, antelope and other species to be seen by nearly 2 million visitors annually; and provide funding for the South Dakota Wildlife Federation Conservation Camp that focuses on introducing high school age girls and boys to wildlife, conservation, and other subjects that provide background for careers in wildlife, biology and similar fields.

Lawrence County–Replace and maintain 10 wildlife guzzlers on the Northern Hills Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest by using RMEF volunteer manpower while also monitoring 14 additional guzzlers (also affects Meade County); and provide RMEF volunteers labor to assist with the clean-up and recycling of scrap metal on an RMEF-held conservation easement.

Lincoln County–Provide the Harrisburg School District with an elk education trunk which contains lesson plans, activities, books, antlers, fur, skulls and other hands-on instructional tools used to offer wildlife and conservation education for educators teaching grades five through eight. (Funding from RMEF’s Torstenson Family Endowment covered this project.)

Pennington County–Enhance and protect three developed springs used by elk, deer and other species by improving fencing while still providing water for wildlife and livestock on the Black Hills National Forest; provide funding to assist members of the South Dakota Senate and House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committees in a tour of South Dakota West River counties to view completed and proposed conservation and outreach projects; provide sponsorship of South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures, a non-profit organization that pairs youth age 12-16 from the Rapid City area, who do not have the opportunity to hunt, with mentors to learn shooting, conservation education, landowner relations, fishing, camping and other outdoor skills as they head into the field for an antlerless deer hunt; and provide funding for an RMEF sign capping a $10,000 donation to finance an elk display at Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, an educational facility that serves approximately 10,000 visitors every year.

Statewide–Provide sponsorship of the South Dakota Division of Wildlife Conference, a gathering that offers training, team building and professional development of staff; and replace South Dakota’s RMEF State Leadership Team elk education trunk.

Conservation projects are selected for grants using science-based criteria and a committee of RMEF volunteers and staff along with representatives from partnering agencies and universities. RMEF volunteers and staff select hunting heritage projects to receive funding.

Partners for 2013 projects in South Dakota include South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, the Black Hills National Forest, Wind Cave National Park, local businesses, private landowners, and various sportsmen, wildlife, civic and government organizations.

RMEF’s mission is to enhance the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 196 different conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in South Dakota with a combined value of more than $32.3 million.


Assault With a Deadly Broom

A Washington woman awoke at 3 a.m. to let her dog out. The dog encountered a bear. The bear killed the dog. The bear then encountered an angry woman wielding a broom. She fought off the bear but not until after it had bit her in her mid-section.

Does this not call for a ban on brooms? Do we have a right to keep and bear brooms….or broom bears…or something?

A bit more on this story can be found here.


Corporations Spying on Non Profits

“Many different types of nonprofits have been targeted with espionage, including environmental, anti-war, public interest, consumer, food safety, pesticide reform, nursing-home reform, gun control, social justice, animal rights and arms control groups,” the report said.<<<Read the Rest>>>


Armed and Dangerous




Not All New Yorkers are Robotic Sheep

Earlier this year when the fascist of the state of New York enacted the SAFE Act to essentially outlaw guns, an act that followed in the footsteps of actions by former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, meetings were held to explain to the people what the law meant.

As you will see from watching the video the fascist law makers did nothing to explain the interpretation of the law and what it meant to the people. It appears the majority of people at this meeting were not all that eager to be rounded up by the brown shirts of New York and locked up in prison for exercising their right to keep and bear arms.


Stop Hiding and Change the World

VIDEO: This is an interesting video that a reader sent to me. It is geared toward the animal research industry. As might apply to all of us, the speaker talks of how “Them”, including animal terrorists, gain control and power over all of us because we don’t speak up. We allow “Them” to perpetuate their lies by not saying anything. This of course being directed at the animal research industry. The result of this, as is brought out in the video, is that half of the population of this country is convinced, through the propagation of lies, that animal research is unnecessary and is done because people just hate animals, etc.

This same tactic applies to many, many organizations in this country and even when some of us know it is not true, we say nothing, we do nothing and we just don’t care.


75 Members of Congress Call for Wolf Delisting Nationwide

From the House Committee on Natural Resources web page:

75 Members Send Letter Calling for the Obama Admin to Fully Delist the Gray Wolf

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2013 –

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and 74 Members of Congress sent a letter today to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in support of the June 2013 proposed rule to nationally delist the Gray Wolf as “endangered” or “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to a proposal to list the Mexican wolf as a separate, endangered sub-species. This is the second letter, led by Chairman Hastings, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and more than five dozen other bipartisan and bicameral Members of Congress and Senators to Director Ashe calling for the delisting of the gray wolf. Despite issuing a proposed rule to delist the wolves five months ago, the Administration has yet to issue a final decision.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 2009 and in the Great Lake States in 2011. The current situation has created a confusing management and regulatory scheme that has left some states – including Washington, Oregon and Utah – in the unsustainable and random situation of having wolves listed on one side of a highway and delisted on the other.

“The statutory purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to recover species to the point where they are no longer considered ‘endangered’ or ‘threatened.’ The gray wolf is currently found in 46 countries around the world and has been placed in the classification of ‘least concern’ globally for risk of extinction by the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Wolf Specialist Group. This is a clear indication that this species is not endangered or threatened with extinction.” wrote the Members in the letter.

In the letter, Members also express opposition to the proposed provision to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered sub-species: “Since wolves were first provided protections under the ESA, uncontrolled and unmanaged growth of wolf populations has resulted in devastating impacts on hunting and ranching and tragic damages to historically strong and healthy herds of moose, elk, big horn sheep and mule deer. This is why we believe it is critical that you reconsider your decision to list the Mexican wolf as a sub-species under ESA, which would have a severe impact on private landowners, including ranchers, in Arizona, New Mexico, and surrounding states. We believe that state governments are fully qualified to responsibly manage wolf populations and are better able to meet the needs of local communities and wildlife populations.”

Click here to read the full letter.


The Evolution of Hunting Humor of Which Some Just Can’t See


The day was December 4, 2007. In my email I was sent what I immediately perceived as a funny, and FAKE photograph in which it was being claimed captured the image of a world record whitetail deer taken during a harvest. I immediately posted it on my former blog, The Black Bear Blog, for a laugh. Over time, the posting received 72 comments, that, should you desire to go back and read them, you would discover what I did (or maybe not) that some people just don’t get it….ever! Still laughing.

i dont believe it! its rigged. if that was the deers antlers then the neck would be alot bigger. that rack is too heavy for such a lil neck….

is this a joke
I have hunted for 30 years and have never seen such animal to exist….

can some one tell me how that deer can even fit through the woods much less eat……

dude this is soooo fake we aint stupid ya know!…..

That was nearly 6 years ago. Today, someone has modernized the use of the photograph, perhaps in an odd sort of way, to make it more easy to relate to and in keeping with current events. Below is what I was sent in my email box and it struck me funny that what I sent around (the origins of which I do not know) six years ago, found its way back home. Too funny!


And, honest to God people! Both of these are fake, Fake, FAKE…..unless of course you believe in Barack H. Obama, then all bets are off.


Mexican Wolf Comments Made Easy

From Wolf Crossing dot org:

ALL MEMBERS! WE NEED YOUR INPUT ON BOTH OF THESE! Do Not disregard this email. Each and everyone of you is needed. Get your spouses, your kids, your neighbors EVERYONE to do comments!

Okay, I know this will be confusing and you may get frustrated, but hang in there, you can do it! I’m going to try and explain this as plain as I can, if you still don’t understand when I’m done. Don’t give up, call, email, ask for help! Please realize we need EVERYONE to comment on these two rulings. It will affect each and every one of you sooner or later, even if you are not in the expansion area. Wolves don’t understand boundaries and if they do travel into your area and you are NOT in the expansion area (under the 10j rule, see definition below), you have very limited tools to use to address the problems they will cause on your operations! Plus see second map and you will see what the Environmentalist want in the future!

Open up the document [I made this into a downloadable PDF] and it will give you a step by step approach to commenting on these proposals!

If you have any questions or need help. Please feel free to call me or email me! If you want me to read over them, send them to me! I’ll be glad to do it. I would appreciate you sending me a copy of what you comment for later references. We anticipate this ending up in court. It always does, we need all the documentation of our members we can get!

Joel A. Alderete
Regional Director
YF&R Coordinator
NM Farm & Livestock Bureau
PO Box 2286
Roswell, NM 88202
(575) 622-6415


Wolf Hearing in Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday

Embassy Suites Albuquerque.

Please Register and get up there 3 PM Wednesday.

Anyone ranch associated in NM or AZ needs to try and make this thing.

Pre-hearing Americans For Prosperity, prep is at 3 and Fish and Wildlife Service hearing on wolf de-listing is at 5.


Laura Schneberger