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End of bighorn sheep herd could help others throughout West
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
The Sheep Mountain herd of bighorns on the Idaho-Oregon border once contained nearly 90 members until the arrival of bacterial pneumonia. Now, biologists plan to use a helicopter to capture the three known survivors in Idaho and search for others that might be on the Oregon side of the Snake River in the upper end of Hells Canyon.
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British Columbia: Bighorn sheep in Similkameen threatened by mites
CBC News
Bighorn sheep are in trouble in The Similkameen in British Columbia, and while biologists can't pinpoint the reason the number of sheep is dwindling, they suspect it has something to do with a mite called psoroptes.
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Bighorns and domestic sheep are incompatible; that worries sheep producers
Montana Public Radio
Regional sheep producers are concerned that fears about their herds transmitting disease to wild bighorn sheep might jeopardize their livelihood. Last spring, the Forest Service banned domestic sheep grazing on about 70 percent of the Payette National Forest in West Central Idaho to prevent domestic sheep from infecting bighorns.
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Hunting guide for Ram Head Outfitters Nathan French writes: It was another one of those crisp mornings in the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories. I was keeping busy at base camp after returning the day before from another successfully guided hunt. There is never a dull moment at Ram Head Outfitters. If we are not out guiding hunters to their trophy of a lifetime, we are busy making preparations for the next hunt.
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Wyoming man on a mission to restore bighorns to Sinks Canyon
County 10
Wyoming native Ron Smith wants to see bighorn sheep returned to Sinks Canyon outside of Lander. And he's put a lot of work into the idea. Over the last year having just moved to Lander, Smith has put together a study of what returning bighorns to the local canyon would entail.
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How to prepare for deer season in January and February
By John McAdams
Right now, deer season is over for virtually every hunter in the United States. Some of us were fortunate enough to bag a deer this year. For others, well, there's always next year. Regardless of whether you were successful this deer season, now is not the time to rest — quite the contrary. Scouting and preparation done in January and February can pay off significant dividends in the upcoming deer season. Continue reading to find out what you should be doing now to prepare for deer season next year.
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Deer breeders, privatizing wildlife draws criticism
Outdoor News Daily
Once a wild game animal, now a product of commercialism and chemistry. Today's upward trend in deer (and elk) breeding and shooting operations is reaching critical mass, compromising traditional hunting and conservation, and fueling a strong new response from America's first conservation and hunter advocacy organization, the Boone and Crockett Club.
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Looking to get published this year?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Mountain Minutes, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WSF, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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