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Dall sheep: A kamikaze solo ram hunt in Alaska
Outdoor Life
Outdoor Life contributor and hunter Tyler Freel writes: I will not lie; I am not content with not getting a ram. Sheep hunting really is like a sickness. Once it gets into your blood, it is constantly there scratching at you. It subsides after you take a ram, but quickly returns. If it weren't for this "sickness," there's no way I would go through what it takes to get it done. That's my way of explaining that after proving that persistence pays off on the first sheep hunt this year.
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Pain and gain during Kodiak hunt for mountain goat, deer
Alaska Dispatch News
Information Officer from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Ryan Ragan writes: I'm staring at a mountain. It's early morning in late November 2014, and my mug of coffee billows in the shallow light. The snow of yesterday, which tops the spired peaks beyond, melted overnight. What remains is open ground — a canopy of rock and lichen, bent grasses and wind. I'm at sea level. The water in the bay is calm. Today we climb.
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Wyoming to extend preference point application period
goHUNT
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has extended its preference point application period by a month, pushing the original deadline from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31. Yet, because Oct. 31 falls on a weekend this year and deadlines are automatically extended to the next business day, hunters gain two extra days to purchase points.
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Concerns over aggressive mountain goats lead officials to temporarily close Idaho hiking trail
The Associated Press via Fox Business
The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed a northern Idaho hiking trail over concerns about aggressive mountain goats after one animal bit a hiker and others reportedly tried to head-butt or charge visitors. Scotchman Peak Trail, which leads to the summit of Bonner County's tallest mountain, was closed Sept. 11, the Daily Bee reported.
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RMEF confirms hunting expo bid
goHUNT
Big game hunters already have their calendars marked for the upcoming 2016 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo, which is a major highlight during February each year. Yet the 2016 event will mark the end of a five-year sponsorship term, which allows for a new nonprofit to take the reins. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation hopes to be next in line and has confirmed submitting an application to the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources for the opportunity to administer both the Wildlife Expo Permit Series as well as the annual event.
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How to buy a sporting shotgun
By Irwin Greenstein
You can encapsulate the No. 1 rule in buying a shotgun with a single word: suitability. There are so many varieties of shotguns available for wing and clays shooting, it's easy to get overwhelmed, if not downright confused, by the choices. That's why you really need to assess your own expectations and intentions about your shotgun of choice. For starters, sporting shotguns are available in four primary configurations: over/under, side by side, semi-automatic and pumps.
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