Controversial Grand Teton elk hunt begins Saturday

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Grand Teton National Park’s controversial elk hunt begins Saturday and runs through much of the fall in two different zones.

Wildlife managers in Wyoming have issued 375 permits to hunters who will operate mostly east of U.S. Highway 89, away from prime tourist areas closer to the slopes of the Rockies.

Hunting is not typically allowed in national parks and Grand Teton National Park describes this annual event as its Elk Management Reduction Program, in coordination with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Hunting is allowed thanks to a provision that was included when Congress expanded park boundaries in 1950.

Hunters will target elk migrating south from summer ranges en route to the National Elk Refuge southeast of Grand Teton National Park. Hunting is already underway within the refuge.

These elk are referred to collectively as the Jackson herd.

The hunt is controversial for a variety of reasons, perhaps most notably because it occurs within a national park so popular among photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

In 2015 a hunter was cited for illegally killing a bull elk during the hunt, and during past hunts protected grizzly bears have been killed by elk hunters.

The hunt, however, has been scaled back significantly in recent years, according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide. A former hunting zone has been eliminated and the number of permits has been reduced.

This year hunters will be operating mostly on roads near Kelly and Antelope Flats, with significant restrictions. They cannot use lead ammunition or elk-calling devices, cannot target bull elk, and are limited in the number of cartridges they can carry.

All hunters are required to carry a hunter safety card, wear fluorescent orange or pink clothing, and carry bear spray.

The Antelope Flats section of the hunt ends Nov. 25, and the remaining areas close Dec. 8.

–Elk images courtesy of NPS/Adams (top two) and Pete Thomas

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UFC 244 predictions: Who do we think the ‘BMF’ will be, Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz?

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The UFC is back in the “Big Apple” this week for a blockbuster pay-per-view, albeit one with a non-traditional title on the line.

UFC 244 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on ESPN2/ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Jorge Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) takes on Nate Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC) in a welterweight fight that goes beyond mere contender implications. The winner will be crowned the UFC’s “BMF” – “Baddest Mother(Expletive)” – and will have a custom-made belt wrapped around his wiast by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The oddsmakers have made Masvidal the favorite, and he’s the pick for nine of our 13 MMA Junkie editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers.

In the co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) welcomes Darren Till (17-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) to the middleweight division. Gastelum is a 2-1 favorite, and he has a whopping 11-2 lead in the picks.

Also on the main card, Vicente Luque (17-6-1 MMA, 10-2 UFC) takes on two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC). “Wonderboy” is just a slight favorite against Luque in the fight, but it’s Luque with the smallest possible edge in the picks at 7-6.

In other statistical oddity, even though Derrick Lewis (21-7 MMA, 12-5 UFC) is a slight underdog against Blagoy Ivanov (18-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in their heavyweight fight, only one of our pickers is taking the favorite to win. It’s Lewis with the biggest advantage on the main card at 12-1.

And to open the main card, Gregor Gillespie (13-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Kevin Lee (17-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in a lightweight fight. Gillespie is the betting favorite, and he’s got a big 9-4 lead in the picks.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Diaz (62%), Gastelum (69 percent), Thompson (69 percent), Lewis (79 percent) and Gillespie (66 percent) are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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This Casper flash sale is perfect if you need a new mattress

Courtney Campbell

Published 1: 33 PM EDT Nov 1, 2019

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Daylight savings is upon us. Since we’re “falling back,” you would think it means you get an extra hour of sleep, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, many of us end just waking up an hour early, throwing off our entire sleep schedules for the next week or so. It can feel pretty brutal. 

One way to remedy this potential sleep deprivation is with a new mattress, and right now is a great time to get one thanks to a flash sale from Casper. From now until Monday, November 4, the company is offering 10% off any order with a mattress, which means you can save on some pillows and sheets for your new sleep setup, too.

Casper makes one of our favorite mattresses in a box, and while it didn’t earn the top spot in our tests, our editor-in-chief David Kender has been sleeping restfully on his for more than three years and still absolutely loves it.

Casper makes three different mattresses that vary in the amount of memory foam layers: the Essential, the Original, and the Wave. Not matter which you choose, you’ll probably love that each is designed with what Casper calls “Zoned Support” that relieves pressure points, aligns your body, and minimizes tossing and turning by absorbing your weight. People like how it strikes the perfect balance between firm and soft, making it hard to crawl out of bed.

Nervous about making such a big investment? Each Casper mattress also comes with a 10-year limited warranty, a 100-night trial period (and free shipping and returns). So if you don’t love it, you can always send it back and they’ll donate it. Plus, with this discount, you might lose a little less sleep tp tossing and turning while worrying about your holiday budget.

Save 10% off your mattress order at Casper

The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest deals, reviews, and more.

Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

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