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Good news — Hunter numbers are up
Sports Afield
The news about the future of hunting isn't as bleak as it may have appeared a few years ago. A new government report shows that hunter numbers have jumped 9 percent in the past five years. The just-released 2011 National Survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation shows 13.7 million people, or 6 percent of the U.S. population age 16 and older, went hunting last year. That marks a 9 percent increase over 2006, reversing a previous downward trend. Conservation groups are noting that these numbers are important not just for hunters themselves, but for wildlife and for the future of conservation.
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Top 4 home defense shotguns
Ammo Land
No matter where you live in the U.S. in 2013 you have seen home invasions on the rise. For this reason and since the president's push for disarmament of the U.S. gun owner, student after student ask what is the best shot gun for home defense or self defense? Shotguns make excellent guns for at home protection as they are easy to maneuver and simple to operate. Pump and auto loading shotguns with a barrel length of 18-to-22-inches is the optimum choice for home defense. They are completely reliable and stupid simple for most everyone but the most fanatical progressive to operate.
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Open zone bighorn sheep tag
California Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has selected the California Wild Sheep Foundation to auction its Open Zone Desert Bighorn Sheep Fundraising tag for the 2013 hunting season. This tag represents California's premier desert bighorn hunting opportunity and provides the lucky bidder the ability to hunt in any of the approved nine hunting zones. The tag holder will be able to hunt up to one month prior to the opening of the general bighorn season.
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Record bids help all bighorn hunters
The Spokesman-Review
A hunter from Utah has raised the value of big-game hunting with a record bid of $480,000 for a special Montana bighorn sheep permit. Selling coveted bighorn tags to the rich generates fallout from some hunters who’ve failed for decades to get a permit the regular-guy way — in a lottery drawing. On the other hand, big bids for bighorns are a windfall for state wildlife biologists struggling to curb wild sheep woes. The annual auctions for tags offered by Montana and other states, tribes and provinces were held at the 2013 Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, in Reno, Nev.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Great Wildlife Photos

Great Wildlife Photos will be in Booth 141-143 at the 2013 Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo, Reno, NV. We sell framed and individual photographs. My photography attempts to capture wild animals being wild but relaxed and natural.
Visit our web site. Feel free to call 775-425-8018.
 


Living on the edge: Keys to bow hunting success
Jed Pritchard
So you're a bowhunter. You have a name-brand compound, perhaps a single cam, with superduper string silencers and a compact hunting stabilizer to boot. You're shooting perfectly matched carbon arrows with 2-inch plastic vanes and razor-sharp broadheads. With your self-aligning peep, adjustable front sight — fiber optic of course — and latest no-torque release you can shave $2 feathers off $10 arrows all day long. Are you killing any deer? Are you seeing any deer? Are you interested in becoming a little more successful on your next hunt? Then read on.
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Virginia pizza shop offering discount to gun owners
WTKR-TV
Slice by slice, one Virginia Beach, Va., pizza shop is showing its support for the Second Amendment by offering fifteen percent off pies to gun owners. "All they have to do is show me that they're carrying a weapon or they can show me their concealed weapons permit and they can get the discount," says All Around Pizza owner, Jay Laze. Laze started the offer after a Utah frozen yogurt shop made headlines earlier this month for also giving gun toters discounts.
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Restocking the herd: Bighorn sheep brought to East Humboldt, Calif.
Elko Daily Free Press
The Nevada Department of Wildlife, in collaboration with their International partners of Canada (Alberta Fish & Wildlife), released a herd of 20 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the "big rocks" area on the Angel Lake Road. A total of 17 ewes and three rams comprised the herd, which were captured at the Cadomin Mine in Alberta. The purpose of this release was to reintroduce these sheep into the East Humboldt Range, as several bighorns in this area, died in the winter of 2009-2010, due to pneumonia.
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Why so many police chiefs favor gun control, when most sheriffs don't
Ammo Land
For this work, 17 chiefs and sheriffs were interviewed from around the country. From those conversations (emails and phone) some quotes are in this work. No attributes are provided since this was not an on the record news interview, just thoughts and opinions. So, as Joe Friday said, "just the facts ma'am."
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A nutrition guide for game animals in North America
Outdoor Life
Hunting for and bringing home wild game not only provides us with a great excuse to get outside, but it also allows us to put delicious food on our family's table. In order to understand just what kind of nutrition we are getting when we bring home the bacon, we tracked down the nutritional values of some popular American wild game meats.
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7 hot new shotguns and innovations for 2013
Outdoor Life
New shotguns sometimes take the backseat to rifles at SHOT Show. But, it would be a mistake overlook the quiet advancements made every year by shotgun makers. In this gallery, we take a look at 7 new guns and innovations that were unveiled at SHOT. From slick new target guns to recoil reducers on your old duck buster, all were meant to make your shotgunning a little bit better (or at least a little cheaper.)
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