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Elk, whitetail harvest up along Rocky Mountain front
The Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Elk and white-tailed deer harvest numbers continue above average, while the mule deer harvest is down on the Rocky Mountain Front at the close of the second weekend of Montana's general big game season. The numbers were collected at Fish, Wildlife and Parks' check station in Augusta. "Overall the elk harvest is up 46 percent over average," said Brent Lonner, FWP wildlife biologist. "That's in part due to a significant harvest on private land. Also, we had the first good push of elk out of the Sun River herd during the recent colder and snowier weather." More

Few deer hunters switching to copper bullets
Duluth News Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most deer hunters have not switched to nontoxic copper bullets despite studies indicating that potentially toxic lead fragments disperse up to 18 inches from the wound channel in firearms-killed deer. "It's not a stampede, that's for sure," said Pat Kukull of Superior Shooters Supply in Superior. "I've used them. They're very effective. But there's a cost factor involved. They're almost $10 more per box." More

New bighorn sheep herd is well-off despite summer's heat
The Omaha World Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nebraska's newest bighorn sheep herd is adapting well to life outside Canada, despite a summer of deep drought, historic heat, severe deer disease and wildfire. "If I had known the conditions they'd face this year, I think I would have waited a year before bringing them down," said Todd Nordeen of Alliance, the State Game and Parks Commission's district wildlife manager in northwest Nebraska. "Yet, they're doing well," he told Game and Parks commissioners meeting at North Platte Community College. More

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South Dakota man has once-in-a-lifetime hunt
Rapid City Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thirteen proved to be a lucky charm for hunter Darrel Jones. The Dell Rapids, S.D., man converted a nice blend of dogged determination and the luck of the draw into a successful Black Hills bighorn sheep hunt in early October. The luck: approximately 3,500 South Dakota hunters applied this year for one of two Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep permits made available by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department this year. Each tag was good for both Pennington and Custer counties. More

Rocky Mountain critters captured close-up in new photos
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Mountain lions, bighorn sheep and scruffy black bears are among the stars of new photographs released by the Colorado Bureau of Land Management. The wildlife caught on candid camera were gathering around water tanks deployed by the BLM to manage grazing and improve water access for wild animals on public lands. Cameras monitor the water tanks, also known as "guzzlers," capturing everything from wild deer to coyotes to mountain lions taking advantage of the free drinks. More

Illinois county president drops bullet tax, but keeps gun fee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Calling it a "compromise," Cook County, Ill., Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that she would nix plans to tax ammunition a nickel-per-bullet in 2013, but would go ahead with the $25-per-gun tax on the purchase of firearms for county residents. The tax on guns, which is expected to generate as much as $600,000 in 2013, is part of a $2 million violence prevention package that is designed to address the county's exploding homicide rate. More

Boone and Crockett lists trophy counties
Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In commemoration of its 125th anniversary, Boone and Crockett Club has released an historic list of the top 125 trophy counties across the United States. Not surprisingly, Wyoming and Montana are found on the list numerous times. Montana's main claim to trophy fame is for its wide dispersion of trophy bighorn sheep. The original list included Montana's Teton County as a spot for trophy Columbia black-tailed deer, a species not found in the state. The group later corrected the error and the new list is now below. Wyoming tops the list for pronghorns and also has a few entries from Shiras moose. More

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Bighorn sheep center fundraiser scheduled
Casper Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Dubois Bighorn Sheep Center's 19th annual fundraiser begins with games Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Participate in a live auction, 50/50 cash raffle and bighorn bingo games after dinner. Raffle items include an original oil painting by Tom Lucas, Brunton Eterna 11x45 binoculars, an iPad with retina display and a carved moose antler by Monte Baker. You do not have to be present to win. More

Botswana stops issuing hunting licenses
China Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Botswana President Ian Khama said the government will no longer issue licenses for hunting wild animals in a move aimed at protecting the fauna of the country from distinction. Khama revealed this when addressing residents of the resort township of Maun in the northwestern part of the country during a public gathering. He said effective next year, the government of Botswana through the Environment and Wildlife Ministry will stop issuing hunting licenses to protect the tourism industry. More


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