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Bighorn numbers across 6 states
goHunt
Bighorn sheep were once one of the most widespread wildlife species in the West, with populations estimated to be as high as 2 million or more. By the turn of the 20th century, settlers swept into the region, and over-harvesting, habitat loss and disease transmission caused the sheep population to plummet to just thousands. Conservation efforts have helped curb the bighorn's rapid decline and even enabled the population to slightly rebound, but bighorns today still only occupy a fraction of their former range and their population stands at less than 10 percent of historic numbers.
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Buffalo Bill Center of the West appoints 1st female firearms curator
PRWeb
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, announces the appointment of Ashley Lynn Hlebinsky as associate curator of the Cody Firearms Museum. Hlebinsky becomes the first female firearms curator in the country.
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Michigan lawmakers propose banning drones in hunting
OutdoorHub
Following examples set by other states, Michigan lawmakers have drafted two bills that would ban the use of drones in hunting. Lightweight and equipped with video cameras, the small remote-controlled devices can offer a considerable advantage to individuals searching for game. Many hunters and sportsmen's associations consider this advantage an unethical one, and have been calling for the vehicles to be banned from the field.
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Deer settling into late-season patterns
Field & Stream
Early December is a tough time to be a deer hunter, particularly in the Mid-South, and especially this year. With the exception of some late rut activity in southwest Tennessee, the big show is about over. And yet, the memories of outstanding hunting are still fresh. Most hunters who put in their time this season saw a very pronounced rut that ended not long ago. We had cold, calm weather throughout November that put big numbers of deer on their feet during daylight hours.
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Bighorn sheep relocated to boost genetic diversity
KTVZ-TV
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said it captured and relocated California bighorn sheep at several locations to improve genetic diversity among herds and continue efforts to restore this native species in Oregon. Bighorns were captured in the Deschutes and John Day River canyons and in the Branson Creek area of Grant County.
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Best days of the rut: Be patient and target winter food plots
Field & Stream
The rut may be waning, but do your best to fight any let down, because your chances for filling an end-of-season tag with a giant are excellent. Does are still being bred, bucks are hungry from the rigors of rutting and conditions are ideal for a bruiser. The first cold snap of December is guaranteed to put deer on their feet, and a moon rising in the afternoon sky makes today your best last shot.
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How to have the perfect backcountry shooting trip
OutdoorHub
There are lots of ways to shoot. If you don't like the cold, there are indoor ranges. If you don't like the noise, there are outdoor ranges. If you want to chat guns and hang out, there's usually one local range where "the cool guys" shoot. And when you don't want to talk to anyone, breathe fresh air and focus on the trigger pull, there's the backcountry.
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Don't believe what you see on TV: Adjust your hunting expectations (By John McAdams)
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