Oregon bighorn sheep release to boost state herd
The Associated Press via The Columbian Share
Oregon wildlife managers are trying to boost the bighorn sheep population. Biologists released 20 bighorn sheep near the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument earlier this month, returning the animals to that area for the first time in more than a century. Bighorn sheep are native to Oregon but died off in the early 1900s from domestic livestock disease, hunting and other causes. The state started trying to reintroduce the wild sheep in the 1950s. Between 3,200 and 3,600 bighorn sheep now live in Oregon's rocky areas. More
Montana puts up 'Bighorn Sheep Crossing' signs
The Associate Press via Great Falls Tribune Share
The number of bighorn sheep in the Spanish Peaks south of Bozeman, Mont., is growing, but a side effect is that more of the animals are being struck by vehicles on U.S. Highway 191. So last week the Montana Department of Transportation put up yellow and black signs that say "Bighorn Sheep Crossing." The last count taken by FWP in April estimated 212 bighorns in those mountains. This year, two rams and one ewe have been killed on Highway 191. More
Nebraska commission touts lifetime permits
The Associated Press via NTV Share
Looking for a gift that lasts a lifetime? The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission suggests lifetime hunting, fishing and fur harvest permits. The permits are available to residents and nonresidents. They are not valid for hunting turkey, deer, elk, antelope or bighorn sheep. Lifetime hunting/fishing combination permits are available, too. More
Overhaul of deer regulations called a victory for elite hunters
The Salt Lake Tribune Share
The moment, critics say, represents everything that's wrong with the way Utah sets its wildlife management policy. Byron Bateman, president of the powerful lobbying group Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, had just finished speaking before the Utah Wildlife Board as it pondered the state's most dramatic changes to its deer-hunting laws in two decades. Bateman then walked up to Jim Karpowitz, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and handed him a check for $391,000. Later that day, the board passed the sweeping overhaul, regulations that were largely crafted and promoted by Bateman's SFW. More
Deer hunting limit urged
The State Share
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, hoping to keep the state's deer population healthy, wants to set limits on the number of deer a hunter can kill each year. The agency's advisory board voted to support a four-buck annual limit and set up a mandatory deer tagging system to help keep track of the number killed. Both moves would be major changes in the way the state manages its deer population and deer hunting. More
Thrill of the hunt is waning across America
The Associated Press via Los Angeles Times Share
Classroom desks and office cubicles stand empty. Hunters in blaze orange stand out like drops of bright paint against brown fields. Public parking lots are crowded with pickup trucks draped with deer carcasses. This is Wisconsin's gun deer season, a tradition as ingrained in this rugged state's identity as beer, brats and cheese. But as the years slide by, fewer people seem to care. Hunting's popularity has waned across much of the country as housing tracts replace forests, aging hunters hang up their guns and kids plop down in front of Facebook rather than venture outside. The falloff could have far-reaching consequences, hunting enthusiasts say. More
Deer harvest numbers down from last year
Mansfield Journal Share
Ohio hunters took 104,442 whitetails during the state's week long deer-gun season, Nov. 29 through Dec. 5. In 2009, hunters killed a preliminary total of 114,633 deer during the same time period. Counties reporting the highest number of deer brought to Ohio check stations included Tuscarawas (5,513), Harrison (3,721) and Guernsey (3,455). More
Scientists challenge plans for Michigan moose hunt
The Michigan Messenger Share
A group of biologists is asking Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to veto legislation which would establish a commission to consider establishing a moose hunt in the state's upper peninsula (UP). The plan was passed through both chambers of the legislature earlier this year with little debate. But a group of 14 scientists say the current moose population — estimated to be about 500 — is not able to handle a culling. They say the moose in the UP have a low birth rate and high mortality rate making the replenishment of the herd difficult. More
Join us for the WSF 'Sheep Show'
Join us Feb. 9-12, 2011 for the Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and Sporting Expo, "The Sheep Show," in Reno, Nev., for the premier mountain hunting convention in the world at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Silver Legacy Resort.
Expo and exhibits daily Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Convention Center — daily admission only $15. Daily drawings for $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 credits to use with expo exhibitors daily!
Evening banquets and special permit auctions nightly Wednesday through Saturday!
Check out our incredible auction and raffle list and register for the event online at www.wildsheepfoundation.org. More