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Fire may help some species
The Omaha World-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The devastating fires that have struck Nebraska's Pine Ridge could end up helping a particularly prized species — the bighorn sheep. Phil Dobesh, a wildlife biologist for the Pine Ridge District of the Nebraska National Forest, said the fire will open up the canopy, something that wildlife officials have been wanting to see happen. Additionally, the Lewis's Woodpecker, tends to come into an area after a fire, he said. More



It's status quo for big game hunters in Idaho
Idaho Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you started big game hunting in Idaho within the last five years, this season is going to look similar to other seasons. If you've been here longer, it's not going to look like the good ol' days unless you're a whitetail hunter. In fact, for whitetails it's going to look better. White-tail harvest eclipsed the mule deer harvest last year for the first time since 1995. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Overall, Idaho's big game populations are doing slightly better than last year after a tough winter in 2010-2011 killed a lot of animals, which meant fewer young bucks last fall. Those young bucks account for a large percentage of the deer killed by hunters. More

Despite sluggish economy, hunting expenditures grow
Great Falls Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the past six years, hunting expenditures for big game, particularly elk, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge have been on the rise despite the slow economy, according to data compiled by the Montana Forests Coalition, a partnership of business owners, loggers, sportsmen and conservationists. Six years of data from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows in 2006 sportsmen hunting big game in hunting districts on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge spent $26.3 million in direct expenditures. By 2011, that number increased $5.5 million to $31.8 million. More

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Idaho, Montana see fewer nonresident hunters
The Associated Press via Great Falls Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fewer out-of-state hunters are traveling to Idaho and Montana in search of deer and elk, costing fish and game agencies millions of dollars in fees. The Spokesman-Review reported that weather, wolves, politics and the economy are depressing the number of out-of-state hunters who would normally be flocking to the two states. Nonresidents pay up to 15 times more than residents for the privilege to hunt big game. More

Dry conditions won't affect big game hunting
Laramie Boomerang    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This summer's dry conditions won't have too much effect on the fall big game hunting season, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Laramie Region information specialist Al Langston said the dearth of rain in the state this spring and summer might cause big game herds to move around or congregate near water, but it won't affect hunt quality. "The animals could be in some different spots than what they had normally been," Langston said. "If there were wet areas, they're probably going to be more concentrated around some water sources. There's not going to be water as wide spread." More

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Duck hunting tips: 6 old tricks that still work
Outdoor Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Waterfowlers have proven to be some of the most resourceful of all sportsmen throughout history, with their combined approach of calling, decoying and plain old woodsmanship. Here are six old-school tips worth remembering as you prepare to hit the water for ducks and geese this fall. More

Annual event allows selected organizations to auction prized hunting tags
Lake County News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Fish and Game is inviting nonprofit organizations to help wildlife by auctioning big game hunting license tags for the 2013-2014 season. There are only 13 of these special tags reserved for 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups to auction at specialized fundraising events. The tags are not available for purchase to the general public. More

BLM plan on Owyhee grazing written for a judge's eye
Idaho Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There has never been a 500-page Idaho environmental assessment. But the Bureau of Land Management is poised to release one on its renewal of several grazing allotments in Owyhee County. You can expect this document to land with a thud on Idaho's political world. It analyzes the effects of grazing on sage grouse and bighorn sheep, not just on the 252,000 acres of the four BLM grazing allotments, but on the entire landscape. More

Bighorn sheep numbers up
The Bismarck Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While many of the state's western big game populations remain at low population levels, bighorn sheep numbers are strong, according to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Dickinson. A July-August survey in western North Dakota showed a minimum 299 bighorn sheep, a slight increase from last year and just 17 below 2008's record summer survey. "Our bighorn sheep population remained stable following three epic winters, so we're pleased to see an increase subsequent to last winter's mild conditions," Wiedmann said. More


 

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