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How to map your hunting area
Outdoor Life
Outdoor writer Brad Fitzpatrick writes: "I'd spent much of the previous three months scouting my hunting area, collected hundreds of photos of different bucks from trail cams and cataloged every rub, scrape, bedding area and buck sighting on the property. As intimately as I knew the area, I was sure I was in the right position in November when the rut arrived. A herd of does appeared in a grain field just east of my stand, which was no surprise, but when a massive 150-inch buck started chasing does at the opposite end of the field, I was shocked. I’d never seen the deer, I had no pictures of him on my cameras and he appeared in the exact opposite location of where I had expected to see deer."
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Montana: Groups vie to auction handful of big game licenses
The Montana Standard
Bidding wars on coveted big game hunting tags are common at conservation group gatherings, but recently, a couple of those groups were vying against each other to be the auctioneer of some of the popular Montana tags. Western state wildlife agencies commonly provide tags to conservation groups as a way to raise additional money for game management. Deep-pocketed bidders ran the Montana bighorn sheep tag up to a record $480,000 last year at the Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo in Reno, Nevada.
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Outdoorsmen develop hunting app
KNOE-TV
Many of you enjoy hunting and you only have a few more months until you can bring out the camo. To help avoid hunting related accidents, two outdoors men have developed an app. This technology could help you stay safe, even in the most remote areas of the great outdoors.
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Helicopter use to monitor bighorns generates concern
The Arizona Republic
State wildlife officials are drawing criticism from environmentalists for a plan to use helicopters to manage bighorn sheep in southern Arizona. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has asked for federal permission to use a helicopter several times a year in an area north of Tucson. The U.S. Forest Service prohibits helicopters from flying into federally designated wilderness areas. The helicopters are the best way to monitor and, if needed, capture the sheep on rugged terrain, Game and Fish officials said.
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Florida may allow hunters to use silencers
Sun Sentinel
Hunters of deer, turkey and other animals in Florida may soon be able to operate with lethal stealth under a state proposal to allow them to use silencers. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider a proposal at its Sept. 10 meeting in Kissimmee to permit silencers, also known as suppressors, for shooting deer, turkey, gray squirrels, rabbits, quail and crows.
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Study: Hunting pressure not causing evolution of smaller bighorn sheep in Alberta, Canada
The Canadian Press via CTV News
A new study indicates trophy hunters aren't causing Alberta, Canada's, bighorn sheep to evolve into something smaller and less impressive. Previous studies have found that the average horn size of a six-year-old bighorn has decreased by about three centimeters over the past 30 years. Scientists have suggested that's because hunting pressure is causing a kind of reverse natural selection — as hunters continually take out the biggest males in a herd, smaller animals have more chances to reproduce and pass along their DNA.
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Banned drone may have damaged Yellowstone spring
Live Science via Yahoo News
The U.S. National Park Service has an important message for visitors: Leave your drones at home. Unmanned aircraft were officially banned from U.S. national parks in June.

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Hunters desired at Civil War battlefields overrun with deer
Smithsonian
Antietam, Manassas and Monocacy battlefields were once the site of bloody battles during the American Civil War, but now they’ve been overrun by a different sort of invader: white-tailed deer.

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New York state calling for early bear-hunting season to manage population
New York Daily News
New York state Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new bear-management plan that calls for a special early bear-hunting season in September in areas of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley region.

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New Mexico: Bighorn sheep to be released in Jemez Mountains
The Associated Press via The Santa Fe New Mexican
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep will be reintroduced into the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico in an area burned by a 2011 wildfire. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department hopes to capture 30 to 40 adult sheep and their lambs near Wheeler Peak northeast of Taos and release them near Cochiti Canyon. The agency said the Las Conchas Fire created a treeless area in the mountains that's become prime habitat for a sheep herd, which is expected to expand into the nearby Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area.
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Shotguns for deer: Will the sabot slug go extinct?
Field & Stream
Back in the 80s and 90s, we were told — and we gun writers repeated it, because it made an easy lead — that shotgun slug only zones were spreading and, someday soon, all deer hunting east of the Mississippi would be done with slugs. Instead, 20 or 30 years later, we seem to be going the other direction.
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