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Elk hunters debate ethics of long-distance shots at big game

A bounty of bull elk.
A bounty of bull elk.

HUNTING --  A story on the ethics of long-distance shooting for big game is among the reasons I'm a fan of the Elk Network website that came online in March, created by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

"Just because you can shoot long, doesn’t necessarily mean you should" presents an issue that's discussed in a lot of elk camps across the country every season. Tackling the topic online allows elk hunters from other camps to chime in. It's food for thought and insight, elk hunters among elk hunters.  

RMEF's new online media platform is a far-ranging source of information for all things elk and elk country. This is not a chat room full of bull, although bulls are prominent in much of the coverage of topics on hunting skills and tactics.

“This online digital platform is several years in the making,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “It is specifically designed to be clean, user-friendly and to mirror social media functionality through a scrolling news feed and the ability to discuss each topic."

The website features a wide rage of topics, from how state permit drawing systems work to how to process and cook your elk after you draw and fill your tag. Links help viewers stay connected to RMEF’s on-the-ground conservation work as well as staying entertained with entire episodes from past seasons of RMEF Team Elk and other original productions.

Check it out.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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