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Sen. Tester introduces sweeping farm bill amendment
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You and I are locked out of close to 35 million acres of our land. We can't get to it. Roads are blocked, access points are closed, and sometimes there's even a guy in a black cowboy hat standing at the gate with a menacing scowl. That ain't right, but things are about to change. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced that he had pulled together 20 provisions designed to increase access to public lands, help fund new shooting ranges on public land, reauthorize critical wildlife programs, and keep the EPA out of the hunting and angling business. More



Researchers hunt for lambs to study dwindling bighorn sheep herds
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Josh Smith is on a trophy hunt for bighorn sheep these days. But the 34-year-old graduate student in wildlife and fisheries science from South Dakota State University isn't after regal bighorn rams with massive sets of horns. He's after baby bighorn sheep, in hopes that they will live to become adults. That's a rare thing these days in most of the Black Hills, where pneumonia has cut the bighorn sheep population by more than half in recent years. Each vulnerable lamb that lives through its first year is a trophy of survival. More

Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. comes under new ownership
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The Potterfield Family announces that they have sold their entire interest in Battenfeld Technologies, Inc. to Clearview Capital, a private equity group based in Connecticut and to members of Battenfeld's existing management team. Battenfeld Technologies Inc. is an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies. Battenfeld manufactures accessories under several popular brands including; Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Wheeler Engineering, Tipton Gun Cleaning Supplies, Lockdown Vault Accessories, Past Recoil Protection, Non-Typical Wildlife Solutions and others. More

Bighorns and borders
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Stretching some one hundred miles from their southern end in Mexico to the Rio Grande in west Texas, the Carmen Mountains are a mega ecosystem, a vast sky island, famous for their biodiversity, endemic and rare species, and a large contiguous land mass connecting not only desert bighorn habitat but other large mammal dispersal corridors, bird migration routes, and a crucial link in the chain forming a mega ecological transboundary corridor. More

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After drought, wildlife census counting on bighorn sheep to rebound in West Texas
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Desert bighorn sheep once roamed the mountains of West Texas, fleet of foot, sure of themselves on treacherous mountain terrain, symbols of the wild and rugged land. But with the coming of Europeans to Texas and points west, the same sheep that had lived so well on the scrub and thorn and sometimes the creosote, began a long, slow slide into oblivion. Domestic animals, especially sheep, brought diseases that the wild sheep couldn't handle. At the turn of the 20th century, railroad crews working to open the American West used them for food. By 1950, wild bighorn sheep were gone from West Texas. Today, they are back and mostly doing well. More

Fight over sheep continues in Idaho court
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With domestic sheep due to be released on rangeland near Idaho's Hell's Canyon soon, the U.S. Forest Service and environmentalists are back in federal court to argue over whether the grazing plan is legal. The hearing before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise, Idaho, is the latest theater in the fight over how best to protect wild bighorn sheep from deadly lung disease that scientists say is transmitted by their domestic cousins. Ranchers view grazing closures as a threat to their livelihood. Last year, the Payette National Forest closed 54,000 acres to grazing, to separate the species. More

Judge: Sheep can't graze on disputed Idaho ground
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A federal judge ruled recently that ranchers won't be able to turn out domestic sheep on disputed grazing ground in western Idaho's Payette National Forest. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's preliminary injunction, delivered swiftly in his Boise, Idaho, courtroom, is a victory for environmentalists aiming to protect bighorn sheep from diseases transmitted by their domestic cousins. More

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife raises half million in raffle
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The 2012 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife auction and raffles for big game hunting tags grossed $523,202, of which $308,566 will go to the Access and Habitat Program and $179,937 to big game research and management. The auction of 11 special big game tags grossed $347,000 including $110,000 for a bighorn sheep tag. The sportsman/conservation groups that sponsored the auctions at various meetings and conventions of their organizations in the past few months will keep 10 percent of the auction proceeds. Those groups include state and/or national chapters of the Mule Deer Foundation, Safari Club International, Wild Sheep Foundation, Oregon Bow Hunters, Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation and the Oregon Hunters Association. More

New potential world record black bear shot in Pennsylvania
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Forget Alaska and put Minnesota out of your mind, the largest black bears in North America are found in Pennsylvania. Just ask Robert Christian. The black bear he took in the Keystone State in November will likely be the new Boone & Crockett record. While the bear is not the heaviest bruin ever taken, he has an enormous skull scoring 23 9/16 inches, making it the biggest black bear ever taken by a hunter. More

Texas' 'hogs-by-helicopter' law is a booming success
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State lawmakers around the country seeking to lead their constituencies out of economic woe may want to make note of a new Texas law that's having very positive financial effects for the state. The law allows landowners to sell permits for taking invasive and destructive feral hogs via helicopter and is being lauded as a huge success. The writer of the bill, Representative Sid Miller, R–Stephenville, said the law is a "win-win-win," because of the positive results it is producing for all stakeholders. "Farmers and ranchers are going from having the expense themselves to making income from it," said Miller in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. More

Wyoming seeks to remove grizzly bear from federal protection list, potentially open hunting season
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The Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, recently wrote a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to remove the federal protection awarded to grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act. Mead also asked the DOI to expedite the review for federal protections for Yellowstone bear populations to under two years. Mead quotes grizzly bear scientists and other experts when he says the species has "unquestionably recovered within the Yellowstone Ecosystem," as he wrote in the letter to the DOI. The bear count within Yellowstone Park and in adjacent recovery areas is estimated to be at about 600 grizzlies. More

Boone and Crockett releases hook-and-bullet classics as e-books
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Electric lights were still uncommon when Teddy Roosevelt wrote "African Game Trails" in 1910. Imagine what he would have thought about seeing his book on an iPad. The memoir looks rather odd, glowing within the dark wood shelves of the Boone and Crockett Club's private library. Out of print for decades, it remains a classic among the hook-and-bullet crowd. Thanks to a publishing initiative by the club, it and many other venerable hunting and adventure books live again as digital editions. More


 
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