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Gun-control fight stalls bipartisan hunting bill
The Washington Post
A bipartisan proposal to expand hunting and fishing rights on federal lands stalled in the U.S. Senate after party leaders couldn't agree whether to hold votes on amendments to expand and roll back gun rights. The Bipartisan Sportsmen Act would make it easier to hunt and fish on some federal lands, allow the construction of more public shooting ranges at national parks and wildlife refuges and make it easier to purchase federal permits to hunt ducks, geese and other waterfowl.
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Bighorn sheep survive migration loss, now pressed by skiers
WyoFile
A recent study of an isolated bighorn sheep herd in Wyoming's Teton Range has revealed new insights on how ungulates cope with the loss of migration routes and how backcountry recreation encroaches on their remaining habitat. The bighorn sheep population in the Tetons stands at roughly 125, as it has since the 1980s. While biologists say the herd is in no immediate threat of a devastating die-off, the small numbers raise concerns about the herd's long-term viability.
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The elusive desert-bighorn
Moab Sun News
One of the most elusive large animals in the Moab, Utah, area also is one of the most fascinating. Bighorn sheep are believed to have evolved in North Africa and migrated to the Americas between 11,000 to 2 million years ago, according to the National Park Service. They are the most widely spread species of the Bovine group, which includes cattle, yaks and water buffaloes.
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New raffle generates thousands for Wyoming Game and Fish
Casper Star-Tribune
A new program raffling Wyoming big game hunting licenses raised more than $665,000 this year for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, according to a release from the governor's office. The raffle was for difficult-to-draw hunting licenses, including bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat and wild bison.
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Arizona: Clifton-Morenci big horn sheep are relocated
The Copper Era
Many people were wondering what the white, unmarked helicopters were doing as they hovered over Arizona's Clifton-Morenci area recently. The people in the choppers were looking for some of the many Rocky Mountain big horn sheep that inhabit the area. As of now, 12 of the big horns live elsewhere. They now are exploring new territory on the Apache National Forest in eastern Arizona, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
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Elk hunting tips: The basics of long-range scouting
Outdoor Life
Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic and so is the country they call home. Millions of acres of elk habitat are open to the public and offer free camping and hunting, no guides required. You can make your own elk-hunting adventure, but first you have to find the elk.
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Stalking feral hogs: Lessons learned
By John McAdams
Texas, like many states, has thousands of feral hogs roaming the countryside. With a keen nose and relatively high intelligence, hogs are challenging to hunt — even though there are so many out there. Texas has no closed season and no bag limit, which makes them even more attractive as something to hunt when the rest of the hunting seasons are closed. Here is a story of a successful stalk made on a feral hog and some key takeaways that can be applied in future situations.
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Interior commits to bison restoration — but offers few specifics
Independent
Bison mostly have been the "odd ungulate out" when it comes to restoration efforts. Deer and elk are found throughout the West, and bighorn sheep and mountain goats relatively are widespread as well. But there are just a handful of free-roaming, genetically pure herds of bison in North America — today, most of the gigantic, shaggy beasts are confined to ranches, destined to become buffalo burgers. And almost all of those ranch bison carry cattle genes, thanks to cross-breeding efforts to make them more docile and better suited for meat production. But, recently, the Department of Interior released a report that commits to restoring bison on selected public and tribal lands.
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The mystery of 53 dead caribou in the Alaska Range
The Valdez Star
Forty-two years ago, an Army helicopter pilot flying over a tundra plateau saw a group of caribou. Thinking something looked weird, he circled for a closer look. The animals, dozens of them, were dead. The pilot reported what he saw to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The caribou, 48 adults and five calves, were lying in a group. The way their carcasses rested showed no signs that the animals had been running from a predator. As word spread of the 53 dead caribou, people speculated what might have killed them: nerve gas, toxic waste or some other dark secret from the Army post nearby, flying saucers or maybe, a lightning strike?
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Canadian wildlife poaching: 10 people face 323 charges
The Canadian Press via The Huffington Post
Officials in Alberta, Canada, have charged 10 people in the illegal killing of dozens of wild animals that were shot and left to rot on the ground west of Edmonton. The Justice Department says the accused face 323 poaching-related charges under the provincial Wildlife Act.

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Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd
White Mountain Independent
Twelve Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are now exploring new territory on the Apache National Forest in eastern Arizona, announced the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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Outdoors: Doing it right as hunters
Amarillo Globe News
Hunters need to remember some simple rules when dealing with hunting ethics. Take Kendall Jones, for example, the Texas Tech cheerleader caught in the headlines of an ethics battle dealing with her hunting pictures.

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