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New lawsuit filed in federal court to block wolf management
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Ryan Benson, writes: "I'm writing to report that on Nov. 14, yet another wolf lawsuit was filed in U.S. Federal Court. This new lawsuit, aimed at Wyoming's most recent wolf delisting, was filed by EarthJustice on behalf of four activist organizations including, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resource Defense Council, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity. The lawsuit however was not filed in Wyoming. Instead it appears that the plaintiffs intend to pursue the litigation in the federal courts in Washington D.C. More

More women enjoying hunting as pastime
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Rachel Leitch of Moorhead can't remember a time when she wasn't a hunter. Since she could walk, Leitch's dad took her to the deer stand each hunting season. "Everyone knows me as the girl who hunts," the 16-year-old said. Hunting, often seen as a men's hobby, is a popular pastime for many women. According to North Dakota Game and Fish, 13 percent of license applicants this year were women. Minnesota numbers were not immediately available. There are 2.1 million female hunters 18 years and older in the U.S., according to a 2006 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the most current numbers available. More

The hunt that almost didn't happen
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Rachel Finney writes: "When local outdoorsman Jim Pex posted a group photo on Facebook following a California bighorn sheep hunt in northeastern Oregon, I knew I had to hear the story. He didn't disappoint. The group turned out to be packed with family and friends for his father's hunt — he drew a rare tag for one of the most coveted hunts in the state. Alongside Pex and his father Jim Pex Sr., were his uncle John Pex from Alaska, Jim's brother-in-law and Coos Bay police officer Mark Wheeling, local Tom Slechta and Mike Williams from Portland, Ore. The California bighorn hunt almost didn't happen, Pex said. More

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Bighorn sheep trio debuts at ZooMontana
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The ZooMontana family has increased by three. The zoo announced that three young bighorn sheep — like those found across Montana — are now on public display. "They are such a prominent animal in the area and it's just so spectacular to see them do what they do," said Jeff Ewelt, the zoo's director. The young sheep — two females and a male — are on indefinite loan from a Nebraska ranch to the zoo as part of a breeding program, meaning there could be lambs running around the enclosure someday. More

New Mexico coyote hunt to continue; promoter pledges to salvage pelts for fur clothing
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The promoter of a coyote hunt says he will hire a taxidermist to salvage the pelts and hides, his answer to critics who called the event blood sport. "There are people who still enjoy wearing furs. I'll pass them out to the homeless if I have to," hunt organizer Mark Chavez said in an interview. Chavez, 50, owner of Gunhawk Firearms in Los Lunas, has faced two weeks of protests from people who said he was organizing a mindless slaughter, not a hunt in which the animals would be used for food. In addition to pledging to make use of the pelts, Chavez said he has renamed the event to more accurately describe it. More

Sheep hunt fulfills Billings hunter's 33-year-long dream
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For 33 years, Billings, Mont., hunter Jim Tuell has been putting in for a bighorn sheep tag. When he finally drew one this season, his goal was to take a trophy ram whose heavy, curled horns would score 200 inches or more. "Everyone said, 'Don't take the first ram ... Wait, wait, wait ... Look at lots of rams ... Don't get in a hurry ... 200 inches is very possible in this unit,'" Tuell wrote in an email. But as he got closer to the end of his nine-day hunt in Unit 680, northeast of Judith Landing in the Missouri River Breaks, the trophy hunter in Tuell was concerned that he would have to fill his tag with a smaller ram than he had envisioned. More

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Man sentenced for unlawful sale of bighorn sheep skull
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A 36-year-old Spokane man was sentenced to serve four years in prison for selling a bighorn sheep skull without the appropriate Idaho Department of Fish and Game documentation. Christopher J. Blair was sentenced by 1st District Court Judge John T. Mitchell, who ordered that Blair serve the first year fixed, with the final years indeterminate. During the investigation it was revealed Blair was aware of the illegal nature of his conduct, the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. More

Deer camp offers variety of characters enjoying outdoor pursuits
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Will Leschper writes: "There's no place like deer camp. It's hallowed ground, whether the accommodations include meager trappings and tent stakes or a full-service kitchen and prime cuts of steak. I've been in my share of them, each holding a sentimental quality for a variety of reasons and not simply because of the proximity to lots of game. The dilapidated bunkhouse near Katemcy featured indoor plumbing that was anything but reliable while the gnarled aluminum frame supported worn panels that harbored scorpions of at least two species during all hours of the night. And of course, there were snakes." More

5 simple strategies for rebuilding confidence after a miss
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In case you didn't know, the story of Robin Hood is only a legend. Perfect people, perfect shots and perfect hunts don’t exist 100 percent of the time. Unlike Friar Tuck, we haven't been given the privilege of living in a fairy-tale world. Humans who hunt are prone to error. Today's hunting culture puts a great deal of emphasis on making accurate shots and rightly so. As hunters we owe it to the animal we hunt to make sure our shots are ethical and within our optimum effective range. More


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