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49 bighorn sheep removed from Wild Horse Island in Montana
Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It took a day longer than initially planned and came with an unfortunate fatality, but the burgeoning bighorn sheep population on Wild Horse Island was reduced by the 50 animals for which Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was aiming. Authorities said recently that 49 sheep were successfully transplanted off of Flathead Lake's largest island and into a small herd in the Tendoy Mountains south of Dillon. FWP said one 2-year-old ram died on the island from a fractured neck while being netted from a helicopter. More

40 bighorn sheep from Canada moving to Nebraska
The Columbus Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nebraska authorities say 40 bighorn sheep captured in Canada will be released in northwest Nebraska, swelling the state's small number. The five rams and 35 ewes were captured by drop nets recently in the Rockies west of Edmonton, near Hinton, Alberta. Area wildlife manager Todd Nordeen of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the bighorns will be released east of Harrison. It will be Nebraska's fifth bighorn herd. More

Desert bighorn skulls, horns up for auction
Las Cruces Sun-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eight desert bighorn sheep skulls and horns that were recovered from ranges in southern New Mexico go up for sale in a silent auction at the Department of Game and Fish office in Santa Fe and at Bob Gerding's Hunting and Fishing Show in Albuquerque. More

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Volunteers needed for desert bighorn sheep survey in San Gabriel Mountains
Loma Linda Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Volunteers are needed for the annual bighorn sheep survey in the San Gabriel Mountains, west of the Cajon Pass in California, Forest Service officials announced recently. No survey experience is necessary but volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation, at Verdemont Community Center and Library in San Bernardino, Forest Service officials said. "Volunteers will then reconvene to hike with expert representatives to designated observation sites in the San Gabriel Mountains to count and record bighorn sheep," Forest Service officials said. More

Bighorn sheep plan gets county support
Telluride Daily Planet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The lucky among Colorado's San Miguel County residents have spotted them lurking near the road between Sawpit and Placerville, but state wildlife officials say Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are some of the more elusive critters they have to track. "We're getting more reports of people seeing Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep up near Telluride," said Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Terrestrial Biologist Brad Banulis. "It's hard to tell how many are in the area during winter, but in the summer I saw them around Deep Creek and Mill Creek." More

Montana has plenty of white-tailed deer, but not with trophy racks
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As Montana hunters stew over unfilled 2011 tags and break out the maps for an earlier-than-ever permit application deadline in 2012, here comes a new point to ponder: Big Sky Country's trophy white-tailed deer population lags behind that of Massachusetts. Boone and Crockett Club trophy scorers report record book-quality whitetails nationwide are up more than 400 percent over the past 30 years. In the past five years, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri hunters all turned in more than 200 big bucks with antlers earning the coveted score of 160 or more on the club's rubric. More

Compact .45 handgun a breakthrough
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the frustrations faced by folks with concealed weapons permits is finding a gun that packs the punch they want, hits where they aim and is still easily concealable. When it comes to punch, many shooters prefer a .45 automatic Colt pistol but tend to shy away from the caliber when contemplating a firearm for concealed carry purposes or home defense. More

Idaho Senate panel: Hunting should be constitutional right
The Associated Press via KIFI-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Idaho Senate committee thinks hunting, fishing and trapping be a constitutional right in Idaho. The Senate Resources Committee approved an amendment to the Constitution that would preserve these traditional outdoor activities in Idaho's founding document. Sen. Jeff Siddoway of Terreton says he's fearful radical groups could try to ban hunting activities if something like this isn't passed. More

Winter scouting
Big Game Hunt (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the deer hunter, winter is a long period of nothing but waiting. The fall hunt is over and there is little activity related to hunting deer, plus it seems like the new season is such a long way off. In some areas winters are tough, so even the fun stuff like getting out and shooting the bow or going to the rifle range is out of reach. More

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