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Return of the Elk

Despite challenges and setbacks, the good old days of elk hunting are now.

THE STATE OF DEER

Hunters have reason for both concern and optimism this season, according to the National Deer Alliance. Populations and success rates are holding their own or improving, but hunter numbers are falling and disease threats are on the rise.

RETURN OF THE ELK

Despite challenges and setbacks, the good old days of elk hunting are now. Thanks to efforts from hunters and conservation groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, free-ranging elk now roam 28 states, with a North American population of more than a million animals.

RINGNECK REVIVAL

For more than a year, reports from around the Pheasant Belt have offered hope that hunters might be seeing the beginning of a ringneck revival. Various crowing counts, roadside surveys and harvest figures have all pointed to an upswing in the numbers of this beloved upland game bird.

QUAIL COMEBACK

Loss of habitat and other factors led to precipitous declines among Northern bobwhites and other quail. Thanks to projects supported by groups like Federal Ammunition conservation partner Quail Forever, these downward spirals are reversing.