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No bighorn sheep season for 2012
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The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has decided to close the bighorn sheep season for 2012. The decision was made to ease hunting pressure on the Fort Robinson herd, one of two bighorn sheep herds in the state's northern panhandle region, said commission spokesman Jerry Kane. The commission has held a lottery and auction for two permits in the past, he said, and all of the bighorn sheep have been taken from the Fort Robinson herd because it has the oldest rams that hunters prize. More



Georgetown, Colo., to hold bighorn sheep festival Nov. 12
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The clash of ram's horns reverberate through the Georgetown canyon in Colorado these days as bighorn sheep males compete for female mates. While the male and female animals typically live apart, this is the time of year where males and females come together to breed. It's also the time of year Georgetown takes an odd opportunity for the time of year to hold a festival. That festival surrounds the bighorn sheep. More

Nevada not alone in bear hunt controversy
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Hunters might be quietly stalking Nevada's woods, but the policy decision that put them there was decidedly noisy. It packed meeting rooms, led to candlelight vigils and marches on the governor's mansion. Nevada's first black bear hunt, now under way and possibly nearing an end, is described as the state's most contentious wildlife issue in recent memory. "It's been mega-controversial," said Chris Healy, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. More

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Big money bill could restrict bighorn management
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Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson isn't sheepish about legislative appendages. First it was a grazing rider that would allow the Bureau of Land Management to transfer permits without environmental review. His latest — also tacked to the House's 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill — could decide the fate of a wooly battle waged for more than two decades. The measure would prevent Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service managers from using their funds toward any bighorn sheep management activities that would decrease domestic livestock grazing on federal lands through 2016. More

Moose threatened by misidentification
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It's just halfway through the fall rifle season and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are getting stern in their warnings to elk hunters. Do not shoot moose, they say. Fines can be substantial for not identifying a target and shooting the wrong game, Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras said. But fines and penalties are heftier for those who misidentify and also don't turn themselves in — including fines up to $20,000, felony convictions, prison time and lifetime suspension of hunting privileges in Colorado and 35 other states that participate in the national Wildlife Violator Compact. More

Billings, Mont., man shoots trophy ram in hard-to-get hunt
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In Montana, drawing a bighorn ram tag is akin to winning the lottery. This season, 16,704 resident hunters applied for 118 ram permits, so the chance of drawing a tag was less than 1 percent. Nine of the tags went to nonresidents, 6,626 of which applied for even crummier odds. In Hunting District 482, where Josh Kay applied, there were 14 resident ram permits given out that 2,865 hunters applied for, whereas 1,671 nonresidents applied for the one tag given in that district. Once a hunter is awarded a ram tag, he has to wait seven years before applying again. More

Teen takes advantage of lucky draw
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Getting a tag to hunt a bighorn sheep is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Oregon — which means that Connor Gilham has a long time to think about his accomplishment. On Aug. 20, two days after his 15th birthday, the McKay High School sophomore bagged a huge ram in the Sheepshead Unit in southeastern Oregon. "I really can't," Gilham said when asked how he was going to top this, then hesitated. "I can play baseball, and maybe make it to the pros. "But hunting-wise you really can't." More

New Mexico makes history with delisting of Desert Bighorn
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New Mexico game commissioners recently removed desert bighorn sheep from the state's list of threatened and endangered species, marking a first for the state when it comes to conservation. With the commission's unanimous vote, state wildlife officials for the first time are able to remove a species from the list due to its recovery. Too often, the list gets longer with those plants and animals that are on the verge of disappearing. More

More women are spending time and money hunting
The Augusta Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ginger Whisenant loves the solitude of autumn mornings and spends quite a few of them in her favorite deer stand. "My brother has always been an avid hunter, and where we live, we have a little property," the Trenton, S.C., woman said. About three years ago she became interested enough to start hunting with her brother, Robbie Sullivan, and husband Mike Whisenant. More
 


 
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