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Controversial rule allows domestic sheep to graze near bighorns
goHUNT
Bighorn sheep are at risk — and it is primarily due to close encounters with domestic sheep and the diseases that domestic sheep carry. While many herds have experienced significant die-offs because of these domestic diseases, a recent decision by a federal judge refused to stop the U.S. Forest Service from allowing domestic sheep to graze on 8,000 acres of public land within the national forest.
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Arizona Big Game super raffle sets new all-time sales record
AZBGSR
The AZBGSR just completed its 10th annual drawing on July 23. Twelve lucky winners were drawn, and the ten Arizona Special Big Game Tag winners and are eagerly looking forward to a yearlong hunt of a lifetime. This year's raffle sold a record $753,750. in tickets and raised a record $598,400 for the 10 Special Big Game Tags offered. This year's raffle also generated a record $161,500 for the Desert Bighorn Sheep raffle tag. Since its inception in 2006, the AZBGSR has raised a total of $4,880,155, greatly benefiting wildlife throughout Arizona.
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RIP Cecil the lion — what will be his legacy? And who should decide?
International Institute for Environment and Development
Cecil the lion, a magnificent and much loved senior male, was lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park last week and illegally shot, to endure a protracted and painful death. Global outrage and calls for a ban on trophy hunting have followed, but what would be the consequences if such a ban was introduced? Trophy hunting is the "high value" end of hunting, where people (often wealthy and mainly Westerners) pay top dollar to kill an animal. In southern Africa an area close to twice the size of the region's national parks is used for trophy hunting.
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Bighorn sheep disease researcher to speak about plight of Montana herds
Missoulian
Join Hellgate Hunters and Anglers, the National Wildlife Federation and the Montana Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation to learn about bighorn sheep and the disease issues that affect them. Montana State University ecologist Bob Garrott will discuss the research he is conducting in cooperation with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.Bighorn sheep are an iconic species of western North America. Found in isolated, rugged and extreme habitats of the continent, wild sheep are vital economic, social and ecological components of these areas. Bighorn herds in Montana are having difficulties sustaining adequate population levels.
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New Basin and Range National Monument ensures hunting tradition endures
The Hill
This fall, when hunting and fishing seasons are in full swing across the West, hunters will be comparing notes about Basin and Range National Monument just two hours from Las Vegas, Nevada. The nation’s newest National Monument has a characteristic topography that is familiar to anyone who is lucky enough to venture across it. The new monument will protect 704,000 acres in Nye and Lincoln counties in central Nevada. The area has been long prized by conservationists and championed by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., as containing unspoiled backcountry landscape, critical habitat for both game and sensitive animal and plant species and Native American artifacts and petroglyphs. Contrary to the fears spread by some, hunting access will continue on these public lands as they have for generations, though with one big difference: with a monument designation, our public lands are permanently protected from development.
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Commission releases bighorn tags for auction and lottery
Idaho Fish and Game Commission
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission released two 2016 bighorn sheep tags, one for lottery and one for auction, at its regular meeting in Pocatello Thursday, July 30. The lottery tag was awarded to the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation and the auction tag was awarded to the Wild Sheep Foundation. Both organizations have a long track record of conservation projects and contributions to benefit bighorn sheep in Idaho. The two groups will market the 2016 tags as fund raisers with proceeds going to benefit Idaho Department of Fish and Game's bighorn sheep research and management. Information on ticket sales for the 2016 bighorn lottery tag will be available at idahowildsheep.org.
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Headnets vs. face paint: Which is better for hunting?
OutdoorHub (commentary)
Putting on face paint is fast and easy. Taking it off? Not so much. Hunting in warm weather can make a face mask very uncomfortable, but some paint on the face will not be noticed. Another advantage is that it moves when you move. When you turn your head, there's no extra movement from cloth moving, and no chance that a mask will impede your vision if you have to turn your head quickly.
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Best rifles: 10 great rifles for mountain hunting
Outdoor Life (commentary)
Tyler Freel, a contributor for Outdoor Life, writes: "Avid sheep and mountain goat hunter here in Alaska, I've seen the good, bad, and ugly as far as mountain rifles are concerned. A mountain hunter needs a rifle that is reasonably lightweight, dependable, accurate, and impervious to foul weather. Every rifle has its advantages and disadvantages. Some rifles are super light, but not every hunter can shoot them accurately because of the increased recoil. Some great shooting rifles are just too heavy to pack up the mountain. In my experience, a rifle that is light as possible and still allows a hunter to consistently shoot 1 ½ MOA groups is adequate for normal ranges. Not every rifle is up for the job, but here are 10 that I would not hesitate to take on a once-in-a-lifetime hunt."
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How to zero a hunting rifle
Gun Digest
No matter how steady your hunting rifle, hitting at any range presumes a proper zero. Zeroing, or sighting in, is simply aligning the sights (scope) on your rifle so the bullet hits where you aim at a certain distance. A rifle cannot be manipulated to change the bullet's path. It is the sight alone that is to be adjusted.
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How to gain access to hunt private land
By: John McAdams
One of the biggest obstacles to most hunters these days is finding a good place to hunt. Some people have access to family-owned land, a hunting lease or even some high-quality public land. However, getting access to hunt private land is another good option that can lead to some great opportunities. Obviously, you'll want to gain access to land with good hunting prospects. But beyond that, you'll also want to seek out the landowners who are most likely to grant your request.
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Study examines Colorado's bighorn sheep decline
The Chaffee County Times
The health of Colorado's bighorn sheep population remains as precarious as the steep alpine terrain the animals inhabit, but a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that inbreeding — a common hypothesis for a recent decline — likely isn't to blame. Bighorn herds tend to be small and isolated in their mountain ecosystems, putting the animals at high risk for a genetic "bottleneck," said Catherine Driscoll, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU-Boulder and lead author of the study. Previous research has shown that inbreeding can weaken a population's immunity to disease across subsequent generations.
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The pros and cons of filming your hunt
Outdoor Life (commentary)
Alex Robinson, a contributor for Outdoor Life, writes: "One of the many perks of my job as an editor for Outdoor Life is that I get to watch a ton of hunting video each season. And I'm not talking about hunting shows on tv, I'm talking DIY, self-filmed video shot from the field by readers and aspiring videographers looking to start a webisode. The clip above came to us last year from Kellen Binger, a 16-year-old kid from Wisconsin who killed a giant buck on camera after years of passing smaller bucks."
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Big game vs. rare plants
Moah Sun News
Non-native Rocky Mountain goats are trampling and grazing on rare and sensitive plants in the Mount Peale Research Natural Area in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, according to findings by the Wild Utah Project, a nonprofit organization that provides scientific support to conservation groups and works collaboratively with state and federal agencies. Seventeen researchers with Wild Utah Project and Grand Canyon Trust camped out in the La Sal Mountains from July 16 to 18, where they surveyed the Mount Peale RNA to check for both goat and human impacts.
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