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Wyoming wildfire burns through bighorn sheep area
The Associated Press via Casper Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A 3,700-acre wildfire burned through an area of south-central Wyoming where bighorn sheep had been reintroduced and while there's no evidence any sheep died, biologists say it isn't yet known whether the fire helped or hurt the vegetation that supports them. "It's right smack dab where the sheep are, but it's also right where we were hoping to have a prescribed burn in two or three years," state biologist Greg Hiatt said. "So it's just going to be a question whether or not it burned too hot for what we'd like to see in the middle of the summer instead of either a spring or fall burn like we typically do." More



Rocky Barker: BLM orders sheep out of bighorn land
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Idaho's political leaders have gone the extra mile to help private sheep ranchers continue to graze their flocks in bighorn sheep habitat, with limited success. For years, federal agencies and the Bureau of Land Management were forced by the clout of the Idaho congressional delegation to back off efforts to protect bighorns from the diseases domestic sheep carry. While the Idaho Department of Fish and Game tried to restore the bighorns that are among the top trophies for hunters and are icons of the western mountains, Idaho's elected leaders were seeking to limit the agency's powers. More

US backs out of United Nations Arms Trade Treaty
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Those who've waited years for a landmark United Nations treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade will have to wait a little longer, as the United States along with several other member states backed away from the negotiating table. The reason? Well, U.S. officials said they needed more time. They were the first to make the announcement, but were soon followed by Russia and China who also asked for more time to review and consider the details of the Arms Trade Treaty. In a statement, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. supports a second round of negotiations next year. More

The raising of a master hunter
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How old is old enough to start deer hunting? If you ask Clay Craft, he'd say four, the age he shot his first deer. Since then, the 12-year-old has killed 37 deer and 13 turkeys. While the rest of the hunting world debates youth hunts, age restrictions and hunters' safety requirements, Clay's dad Bryhn has been grooming his son to be a master outdoorsmen. More

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Prep school 101: 5 22/410 combos built for survival
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David Higginbotham: "In a previous article, I discussed what I consider to be the cornerstone of the prepper's firearm collection — .22 semiautomatic rifles. As good as these guns are, they're not meant to do everything. We all know that. Is there one gun that can do it all? I don't think so. But it is a legitimate concern. The survival minded forum posters are fond of some version of this impossible question. What would you take with you if you could only take one gun? People much smarter than me have given this lots of thought and here is what they've come up with." More

Museum at WSU in Pullman, Wash., has display of North American bighorn sheep
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Terry Richard: "It's a bit risky, visiting a college campus during summer to see the sights. While the students are away, the faculty may be at play. At least that's what I found out in June at Washington State University. When I arrived on the Pullman campus, I picked up some suggestions for places to visit and headed first to the Museum of Anthropology. It sounded fascinating, with its collection of artifacts on indigenous inhabitant of the lower Snake river." More

Group demands RMEF change wolf policy or give up award
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In a letter to David Allen, president of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Donald Murie, son of conservationist Olaus Murie, put forth an ultimatum: The RMEF must change their position on hunting wolves or it must cease offering the organization's Olaus Murie Award. Donald Murie cited what he called "unscientific and inhumane practices" advocated by the RMEF in their position on wolves as being contrary to the beliefs of the Murie family and the reasons for which the Award was created. More

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4-season elk
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Many elk-hunting stories describe this exciting scenario: The bull charges madly to a bugle call with fire in his eyes and is shot by the hunter at 20 yards. That certainly happens every year, but far less often than you think. The truth is, many more elk are hunted after the rut has ended, when bugling attempts are futile. Elk behavior and subsequent hunting strategies depend on a variety of factors, including the time of year, the rut, food availability, weather and hunting pressure. Understand them and you'll be on your way to tagging your elk. More

A hike at Jim Sage Mountains will bring you close to wildlife
Twin Falls Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mike Cothern: "Startled by the clatter of unseen rocks below me, I scrambled over to the cliff's ledge in order to pinpoint the source of the commotion. My heart jumped again after I spotted a bighorn sheep only a hundred yards away, then raced full throttle as I viewed the ram through binoculars. Aided by the evening sun, his eyes reflected bright amber in a penetrating stare, compelling me to very slowly lower the binoculars and slip off my daypack. Surprisingly, he allowed me to remove my camera, change lenses, and shoot a couple of exposures before rocketing around the next hillside." More


 

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