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Wild sheep policy still a work in progress as Congress nears adjournment
WSF
After weeks of partisan wrangling and a high-pressure deadline to fund the federal government, the U.S. Congress passed the FY 2015 Omnibus spending package and the high-priority National Defense Authorization Act, to which was added many public lands and environmental riders. For wild sheep advocates, several items in these massive new laws and in the behind-the-scenes negotiations, demonstrate that WSF and its allies and partners are making progress toward better stewardship of bighorns, but there is more work to do.
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Ducey: Nebraskan nabs bighorn sheep — and lots of information
Omaha.com
Johnny Barta peppered Nebraska Game and Parks big game biologist Todd Nordeen with questions. How many lambs were there? How much had pneumonia hurt the herd? How was hunting in the western part of the state? For the experienced game hunter from Western, Nebraska, it was just as much fun learning about the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep as killing one.
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Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions
The Montana Standard
The U.S. Senate approved its annual National Defense Authorization Act recently, and with it sent Montana's first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama's desk. The vote wound up at 3 p.m. after several attempts to add amendments and return it to committee. The final tally, 89-11, was with both Montana Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh voting in favor. Walsh held the gavel as Senate chairman at the start of the vote.
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Biologists relocate bighorn sheep to drainage south of Great Falls, Montana
Billings Gazette
State wildlife biologists have trapped and transplanted 21 bighorn sheep to the Sheep Creek drainage that flows into the Missouri River south of Great Falls. The animals were captured over several days from the Missouri River Breaks north of Lewistown, Montana. Sixty sheep were trapped, of which 30 were collared and re-released in the Breaks as part of a statewide research project. Another 30 were trapped, with nine going to Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 3 and 21 to Sheep Creek drainage, which is the north end of sheep hunting district 455.
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Sportsmen applaud historic move to conserve America's finest habitat
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers applauded federal legislation passed by the Senate recently, which protects habitat, access and outdoor opportunity for some of America's finest hunting lands and fishing waters. "Today's bipartisan action in Washington, D.C., packs historic benefits for America's outdoors families," said Land Tawney, executive director of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. "This conservation vision represents decades of hard work by hunters and anglers and other partners to keep America's Great Outdoors the envy of the world. This is an important day for sportsmen today and for generations to come."
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Big game scoring: Tales of the tape
Lewiston Tribune via The Columbian
For big game scorers, every animal they lay a tape to is a trophy, whether it makes the record books or not. Both Sam McNeill of Lewiston, Washington, and Sam Wilkins of Clarkston, Washington, tell hunters who ask the men to measure the deer, elk and other big game animals that making the book is secondary to the hunt and their own memories.
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Looking back: 5 things learned during the 2014 season
goHUNT
Hunter and contributing writer Steve Alderman writes: During the 2014 season, I combined old knowledge with a new perspective — there were a few new things I learned, but there were also some things that were instilled in me even deeper.
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The correct shotgun choke can make all the difference
By Irwin Greenstein
The wise use of shotgun chokes can make a significant difference in the results you'll see for wing and clays shooting. In the strictest interpretation, the choke section of the barrel determines the constriction of the muzzle in order to regulate distribution of the shot charge to your target. These days, however, a choke often refers to an interchangeable tube that screws into the muzzle of the shotgun. By adjusting the density of the pellet spread, the choke lets you achieve maximum penetration depending on the distance, angle and velocity of the target.
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