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Officials look at drop in population of bighorns
Aspen Times
The population of Colorado's iconic bighorn sheep herds in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness has plummeted over the past 15 years. Officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife are trying to determine why.
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Polar bear trade ban rejected at global meeting
The Washington Post
An international meeting of government wildlife officials rejected a U.S. proposal to ban the global trade of polar bear parts, following an impassioned appeal by Canadian Inuits to preserve polar bear hunting in their communities. There are between 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears living in the wild in Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway, according to the most recent analysis, which was conducted in the early 1990s.
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New Mexico big-game hunters: Apply for licenses before March 20 deadline
Las Cruces Sun-News
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is reminding hunters that March 20 is the deadline to apply for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, oryx, ibex, bighorn sheep, javelina and Barbary sheep licenses. The deadline is a week earlier than 2012. The Department expects about 160,000 applications for about 65,000 licenses. Hunters must complete their applications before 5 p.m. MDT March 20. All applicants previously must have created an online account at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
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Feinstein holds hearings on gun and magazine ban
NRA-ILA
On Feb. 27, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who has been advocating banning one sort of gun or another for over 30 years, held Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on her new gun and magazine ban legislation, S. 150, the "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013." Among those testifying in support of the bill was John Walsh, the U.S. Attorney for Colorado, representing the Obama Department of Justice, Milwaukee police chief Edward Flynn and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter. Testifying against the bill were former U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Fla., Fordham University law professor and longtime Second Amendment scholar Nicholas Johnson and attorney and constitutional scholar David Hardy.
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Is there a 'best survival gun' for home defense?
Gun Digest
When preparing for emergencies and survival situations, many of us will rely on firearms purchased for other purposes, such as hunting, target or informal recreational shooting, or defense of home or self during "normal" times. If you're thinking about the security resources you'd like to have on hand in not-so-unlikely survival situations, keep in mind the following important strategies, from Scott Wagner in his new book, Gun Digest Book of Survival Guns.
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Nikon engineers new riflescope for 300 AAC Blackout
Gun Reports
The .300 AAC Blackout cartridge in AR/MSR platform rifles provides the ability to shoot subsonic ammunition for low-noise applications and supersonic ammunition for longer-range shots. To get the most out of the round, Nikon's new P-300 BLK riflescope, $200, comes in 2-7x32 magnification with an all-new BDC SuperSub reticle that is calibrated for use with both supersonic and subsonic ammunition.
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Baja California Sur, Mexico, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, desert bighorn sheep permits for auction
WSF
The highest winning auction bidder of the five permits will have first choice of hunt dates. This hunt is a fully outfitted 10-day package for one hunter and one nonhunter. Additional nonhunters may accompany for $100/day/person. The hunt will take place in the Ejido Alfredo V. Bonfil, located inside the Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

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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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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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FBI performs 2 million background checks four months in a row
Guns.com
For the fourth month in a row the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed more than 2 million background checks in February and broke a handful of records. These statistics represent the number of background checks performed before a patron can actually buy a gun, but it doesn’t actually translate into final sales or number of guns sold. However, it does give the public an estimate.
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Online basic training for 1st time gun owners
Ammo Land
Pulse O2DA Firearms Training, Inc., announced the official opening of the Pulse O2DA Armory, a member based web portal providing basic firearms training for first time gun owners. Members of the Pulse O2DA Armory gain immediate online access to more than 900 pages, 45 videos, 400 photos demonstrating fundamental firearms skills and techniques like loading, unloading, stance, grip, draw and presentation for the handgun, shotgun and rifle.
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