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An award for the Texas Bighorn Society
WSF
President of the Texas Bighorn Society, Kathy Boone, traveled to San Antonio to receive the president's award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The award was presented to the Texas Bighorn Society by WAFWA president Carter Smith. The award is presented annually to an outstanding wildlife organization. Smith is the executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife. A quote from Smith used in his presentation to the Texas Bighorn Society follows.

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Last-minute dog preparations for the hunting season
Outdoor News
Hunter and contributing writer Ron C. Hustvedt Jr. writes: The fall hunting seasons are rapidly approaching and it's time to prepare. Often overlooked, however, is making sure your dog is ready for the hunt. "The biggest thing on any dog that's already had hunting experience is to tune up the basic obedience — that's going to be at the root of 99 percent of the dog problems you deal with out there," said renowned trainer Tom Dokken, of Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels.
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Montana hunting license revenue falls short for 4th year
The Independent Record via Ravalli Republic
Nonresident hunting licenses failed to sell out before the application deadline for the fourth consecutive year, leading the state to offer the remaining licenses up on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2010, a ballot initiative significantly raised prices for nonresident big game licenses. Before 2010, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks instituted a lottery system as many more nonresident hunters applied than the state had licenses available. Under the new prices in 2011, licenses undersold during the application period for the first time.
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Tips for mountain hunters: Stalk game from above
Outdoor Life
Anyone who has taken to the high country in pursuit of sheep, mountain goats, mule deer or elk knows how difficult it can be to close the distance for a shot in an open alpine setting. Where the animals have encountered much hunting pressure, they are typically spooky and quite adept at evading both four- and two-legged predators.
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Preseason hunting prep: Black bear baiting tips, tactics
Outdoor News
Hunter Tony J. Peterson writes: Drawing in the most and biggest bears, often boils down to putting out the best bait. What foods to put out to draw bruins in is a hot topic, and after chatting with plenty of folks who know a lot on the subject, I've drawn a few conclusions. No matter what I bait with it seems as if there is trail mix on site, they'll eat it first before going after gummies, candy, frosting or pastries.
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Maine: Bear hunting season begins
NRAblog
Bear hunting season began Aug. 25 in Maine. In 2013, more than 10,000 hunters purchased permits to hunt bear and 2,845 bears were killed. Black bear populations are growing throughout North America, and due to Maine's heavily forested landscape, Maine boasts one of the largest bear populations in the United States at more than 30,000 bears.
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How to properly sight in a rifle with a scope
By John McAdams
Although it's still summer, hunting season is just around the corner for some parts of the United States. In fact, fall bear season has already started here in Washington. It is important that hunters properly prepare their equipment for the upcoming season. Today, I hope to provide some assistance in this matter by explaining how to sight in a rifle. Since most hunters use telescopic sights on their rifles, this article describes how to sight in a rifle with a scope.
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Washington, Montana deal with elk disease issues
The Spokesman-Review
Washington and Montana are initiating special programs this summer to deal with serious but different diseases in wild elk. Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a rule for hunters in southwestern units to leave the hooves of elk where the animal is killed.

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Researchers: Is trophy hunting affecting bighorn sheep evolution?
Phys.org
Trophy hunters prize the Alberta, Canada, bighorn sheep. They aim to adorn their walls with the largest rams' horns they can obtain. In the past thirty years, average horn size has decreased, causing some scientists to believe trophy hunting is creating evolutionary pressure favoring rams with smaller horns.

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Defining a new ethic in hunting
Outdoor News Daily
Long-range shooting is a hot topic in hunting. Improved and specialized guns, gear, bullets and sniper skills are growing in popularity, stretching the lethal range of hunters further than ever before. But many hunters wonder how it all fits with traditional, ethical standards.

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Maryland: Opening of deer and migratory bird hunting seasons
NRAblog
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens in Maryland on Sept. 5 and will continue through Jan. 31. New this year, in Region A, hunters may take only two antlerless deer for the license year.
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Montana: Arctic grayling does not warrant protection
Outdoor News Daily
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its finding that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Service reached this conclusion after analyzing the significant conservation efforts carried out by private landowners as well as federal and state agency partners to improve conditions for Arctic grayling in the Upper Missouri River basin. These efforts have helped bring the species to the point that it is not in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future.
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