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Arizona's region III sheep hunts end with multiple scores
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The 2011 Arizona desert bighorn sheep hunt ended on Dec. 31 and according to Erin Butler, the Region III Game Specialist for the Arizona Game & Fish Department, all of the hunters in 2011 in this region took a ram. There were 21 sheep tags this year, including the raffle tag winner, who hunted for desert rams in Mohave County. More

34th SHOT Show brings out best in shooting, hunting and law enforcement products
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Nearly 60,000 firearms industry professionals will make their way to the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, Jan. 17-20, to get a first look at the new products and services they hope will excite customers in 2012. The $4.1 billion industry continues to be a bright spot in the anemic U.S. economy, as sales in 2011 topped the previous year's. Through December, adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check statistics, an indicator of industry sales, showed 19 straight monthly increases over the same period of the previous year, and background checks for Black Friday, Nov. 25, set a new one-day high. More

Reward pool climbs to $3,500 in bighorn poaching
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The reward has jumped to $3,500 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the poacher or poachers who killed and decapitated a bighorn sheep around Christmas in Baker County, Ore. The Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep has added a separate $500 to the reward pool. Earlier, the $500 Turn in Poacher reward offered by the Oregon Hunters Association was augmented by $2,500 from the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. More

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New bison harvests proposed in Montana outside regular hunting season
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Bison that wander beyond designated tolerance areas in Montana could be shot by hunters outside regular hunting seasons under a proposal from wildlife officials. The proposal will be considered by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners. The move to expand bison hunting comes after state officials ran into stiff resistance on recent proposals to give bison more room to roam outside Yellowstone National Park. That includes allowing bison into the Hebgen Basin north of the park and relocating some of the animals to new areas. More

Connecticut wildlife officials consider 1st bear hunt since 1840
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If Connecticut opened a bear season, it would be the first time the animals have been hunted in the state since 1840, said Paul Rego, a wildlife biologist with 25 years' experience at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's wildlife division. During much of the past 170 years, black bears were nowhere in the state. They were hunted completely by 1840 and their woodland habitat was depleted to make way for farms, Rego said. Bears lumbered back into Connecticut from northern states in the 1980s. They've thrived and spread out, sometimes snooping around trash cans, frightening — and in a few cases, killing — livestock or rummaging around compost piles, beekeepers' hives and backyard bird feeders. Reported bear sightings were 37 times more common last year than in 1995. More

Motorist captures Idaho elk herd on the run
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VideoBrief Josh Hoisington was heading home from a fishing trip and captured video of a large herd of elk on the run. "To see this sight was pretty incredible," Hoisington said. "Seeing this elk herd has made my first year in Idaho amazing." More

Optics Planet OPMOD optics best bet buys
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The bottom line issue with good optics these days that the prices seemingly have gone through the roof and blurred the options for choices. With a tight economy and a considerable number of working class hunters having to stretch their recreational dollars even further, a high quality product at a reasonable price is a premium. Enter Optics Planet's own proprietary line of hunting optics they are marketed under the moniker of "OPMOD." More

New presidential advisor in CIC
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The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation has announced John J. Jackson, III. will take the position of presidential advisor. Jackson, an attorney specializing in wildlife and outdoor recreational law for 38 years, is a founder and president of Conservation Force, a nonprofit foundation. More

Special rule for scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle repealed
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule to eliminate its special regulation authorizing the breeding, management and free trade of three endangered African antelope species — the scimitar-horned oryx, addax and dama gazelle. Although these animals are classified as endangered species, the special regulation enacted by USFWS in September 2005 made it possible for owners of captive herds to engage in activities including the purchase and sales of the animals and to breed these animals on ranches across the United States. More

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