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Bighorn sheep die-off prompts 2nd hunting district closure
Montana.gov
Montana's Fish & Wildlife Commission closed another bighorn sheep hunting district, this one north of Plains in northwestern Montana, due to a suspected disease-related die-off. This action came in response to a suspected die-off that's claimed more than 90 bighorn sheep from hunting district 122 within the past two years, leaving only 18 seen during a helicopter survey in early April, the lowest count since the herd's introduction in 1979.
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2015 Banquet and Fundraiser
California Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
The California Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation will be having their 2015 banquet and fundraiser April 25 at the Marriott Rancho Cordova in Rancho Cordova. Register online at www.cawsf.org. Click "read more" for a schedule and further information about the event.
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Biologists study Greater Yellowstone goat herd
The Associated Press via Helena Independent Record (poll question required)
The techniques used to capture the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's iconic wildlife for research are many, ranging from live-trapping grizzly bears to aerially darting wolves or sacking mule deer with a net gun. In the case of immobilizing mountain goats in the Snake River Canyon in northwest Wyoming, a capture operation more resembles a slow-motion drive-by shooting and takes place within or just outside of a vehicle.
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Bighorn sheep that escaped bison range killed
The Associated Press via Great Falls Tribune
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal game wardens killed six bighorn sheep that escaped from the National Bison Range over concerns that they could have been exposed to pneumonia.
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Sheep expert Hurley honored by Wildlife Society
Cody Enterprise
The Wildlife Society elected Kevin Hurley of Cody, Wyoming, as a fellow in recognition of his service to the wildlife profession during his almost 40-year career. Hurley, a wildlife biologist, is conservation director of the Wild Sheep Foundation.
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Biologists, volunteers patrol the region in search of diseased elk
Longview Daily News
Reports of lame elk or elk with overgrown or missing hooves in the Cowlitz River basin began in the mid-1990s and have spread throughout Southwest Washington. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife researchers believe that hoof disease is caused by the treponeme bacteria, which has been linked to hoof disease in cows and sheep in many parts of the world. Since March, two-person teams of volunteers and WDFW employees have been fanning out throughout Southwest Washington. By the time the surveys are completed in May, about 200 routes will be driven, from Skamania to Mason counties.
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Sportsmen's groups fight for public lands
goHUNT
Recently, 114 hunting, fishing and conservation organizations, including the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Pope & Young Club and more than 80 state-based groups, released a letter opposing the government's decision to sell or transfer federally-managed public lands.
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Female hunter becomes the hunted
goHUNT
Thanks to the power of celebrity status (and social media), Ricky Gervais has turned all eyes on Rebecca Francis, a longtime hunter and outdoor guide, who is now the latest target by anti-hunters and animal activists. The barrage of death threats came pouring in after Gervais tweeted a photo of Francis lying next to a dead giraffe. His tweet was re-tweeted over 21,000 times already.
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Idaho: Time to apply for moose, sheep and goat hunts
The Coeur d' Alene Press
Hunters have until April 30 to apply for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts. The upcoming seasons include changes in tag numbers and controlled hunt areas in response to population changes and past harvest success rates, as well as a few new hunts. For moose, new antlered hunts are being offered in Units 5, 54 and an archery hunt in 68A. New hunts are also being offered for antlerless moose in Units 73, 74 and an archery hunt in Units 68A. For bighorn sheep, a new hunt with two tags is being offered in hunt area 19A, the season for the Unit 17 hunt opens earlier and hunt areas in Unit 28 have been modified.
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The 7 best cartridges for hunting deer
By John McAdams
Deer are the most sought-after big game animal in North America, and many hunters take the sport seriously. Discussions about the best deer-hunting cartridges have been occurring around campfires for decades. For that reason, picking the "best" cartridge for deer hunting is sure to evoke strong feelings. Many gallons of ink, and maybe even a little blood as well, have been spilled on this exact topic. However, there are a few different cartridges that always seem to rise to the top in the debate.
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