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Western Wildlife Agency directors urge Rep. Simpson to drop sheep rider
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On behalf of 23 fish and wildlife management agencies in the western United States and Canada, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies respectfully submits this letter concerning Section 431 of the FY 2012 Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. While we recognize and appreciate your efforts to seek a reasonable compromise to the extremely contentious issue of domestic and wild sheep interaction, we are gravely concerned about the current and long-term implications of Section 431 on wild sheep populations throughout the western United States. More

Another possible blow against game management
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once again, California's politicians have caved to animal rights zealots and made a decision about game management that could impact the state's wildlife in a negative way. Recently, the California Senate voted 22-15 to end the legal use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats, two of the state's top predators. Just like mountain lions, which are protected, black bears and bobcats prey on young deer. Bobcats are stout enough to bring down mature bighorn sheep. Animal rights activists contend the use of dogs is "inhumane and unsporting," according to Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. More

Vehicles taking big toll on bighorn herd
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Spring game surveys have been revealing a troubling trend in one area — a sharp decline in the Thompson Falls bighorn sheep herd that is mostly due to vehicles on Montana 200. While spring surveys of deer and elk are aimed at showing trends in offspring survival rather than being population counts, bighorn sheep surveys are considered population counts because the sheep are exposed in open, rocky habitat. The Thompson Falls herd numbered 270 animals in 2008, but this year's survey came up with just 52 animals, said Bruce Sterling, the Montana, Wildlife and Parks biologist for the Thompson Falls area. More


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The Remington 700: A look at the rifles behind the 700's 50th anniversary
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The Remington 700 rifle turns 50 years old this year. To pay homage to this classic, we take a look back at the different models that helped make the 700 the best-selling rifle of all time. When Remington introduced the Model 700 in 1962, advertising it as "the world's strongest bolt action," sales were swift and immediate. Its good looks, light recoil, and strong accuracy for the money, combined with Winchester's move to a push-feed action in 1964, put the 700 on a path to dominance. More

Hunting licenses, big game applications available
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Hunters can now purchase 2012-2013 California hunting licenses and apply for the Big Game Drawing online. Transactions can be conducted at any DFG license sales office, license agent or online. All premium deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep tags are awarded through the DFG Big Game Drawing. To qualify for the Big Game Drawing, the sales transaction must be completed before midnight on June 2. When the transaction is complete, the customer will receive a receipt to show their hunt choices have been entered in the drawing. Mail-in applications will not be accepted. Beginning June 22, hunters can contact a DFG license sales office or look online to check the results. More

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BLM ends plan to ban shooting at monument
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After heavy protests from gun-rights' groups, the federal government is dropping a proposed ban on target shooting at the Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona. The decision to continue allowing such shooting at the 487,000-acre monument northeast of Gila Bend, Ariz., has spurred hope in a National Rifle Association activist and concern among some environmentalists that the feds could also back off on a similar proposal for Ironwood National Monument closer to Tucson, Ariz. More

Find out where any species lives with the 'Map of Life'
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The Map of Life is an innovative new mapping tool using Google Maps that can virtually depict the area of the world in which a certain species lives. This tool can come in handy for hunters seeking to learn more about exotic game and for those off-the-beaten track travelers who worry about poisonous species wherever they go. At this point, the website is in its first debut stage, meaning not all features are available and data is limited, yet still highly informative. More

Larry and Brenda Potterfield welcome YWCE Conference to MidwayUSA
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After a successful launch of the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience at several industry conventions earlier this year, youth educators from each of the key conservation groups traveled to MidwayUSA to meet owners Larry and Brenda Potterfield and participate in a youth shooting conference in order to prepare for YWCE at their shows in 2013. More

Wyoming proposes unlimited tags for mountain lions in black hills area
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Wyoming's Game and Fish Department has scored big with many hunters and landowners, by creating new regulations that would allow an unlimited number of mountain lions to be taken in one area of the Black Hills. This new regulation is one of many proposals officials suggested after fielding complaints about lion numbers and their potential impact on livestock and public safety. The dwindling deer population is another indicator that the mountain lion numbers are too high. More

US Government authorizes killing of endangered bighorns in path of wind project
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In a precedent that has horrified wildlife experts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has authorized the "take" of 10 endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep — five ewes and five lambs. The decision comes after federal wildlife officials were provided photographic evidence that the endangered animals were seen in recent weeks on the site of the just-approved Ocotillo Express wind energy facility — a presence federal officials and the project developer have long denied. More

Stalking brown bears in the last frontier
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Live Hunt Host Tyler Freel: "Battling harsh weather conditions in one of the toughest environments on the planet, my hunting buddies and I were able to take three huge brown bears on our 10-day fly-in trip in the Alaska Peninsula. It was one of the most fun and challenging bear hunts I have ever been on. Check out the story and photos from my adventure hunting one of the world's largest land predators." More

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