WSF Mountain Minutes
May. 13, 2014

Drones annoying bighorns, hikers at Zion National Park
Missoulian
The growing desert bighorn sheep population in Utah's most visited national park is accustomed to tourists standing on the side of the highway to take their pictures. But wildlife paparazzi have expanded their tools and are illegally harassing the sheep, Utah's first possible condor chick — and other visitors — by using drones in the park. Zion National Park volunteers witnessed people using a remote-controlled flying drone to buzz a group of bighorn sheep in late April.More

TWA to auction off Texas Desert Ram Permit in July
WSF
A permit to hunt a desert bighorn ram on a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Management Area in the beautiful mountains of West Texas will be auctioned to the highest auction bidder July 12, at WildLife 2014, the annual convention of the Texas Wildlife Association.More

Virginia Range bighorn herd 'doing OK'
Reno Gazette Journal
A herd of bighorn sheep reintroduced into the Virginia Range nearly three years ago appears to be doing well despite ongoing drought conditions and competition from wild horses, biologists report. A recent ground survey in the area where the sheep were released east of Reno revealed 57 of the animals scampering over rugged terrain, with the total herd now likely numbering 80 to 90, said Carl Lackey, a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.More

You won the big game lottery — now what
Anchorage Daily News
By Cody Jacobson: "Are you one of the lucky recipients of a big game draw tag? If so, then in my opinion you have just won the Alaska lottery. But where to even begin planning? I've worked for more than 15 years in the hunting and firearms industries, and people often come to me seeking advice on what to purchase for their first Alaska hunt. Often, these first-time hunters have won a draw tag — many times after just applying once. Isn't that just how the luck of the draw works."More

Teaching future generations to hunt
Independent Record
On a day when the April wind and showers took a break long enough for the sun to come out and warm the Helena Valley, more than 200 young people descended on the Helena Gun Club for a field day to complete their hunter education courses. For some volunteer instructors, the field day marked the first in many future years teaching the course. But for a wily few, the desire to shape a future generation of hunters has brought them back for decades.More

Bolt vs. AR: What's the best predator rifle?
Rifle Shooter Magazine
Few things equal the thrill of a predator coming to a distress call. It can produce an adrenaline dump strong enough to make even the best shooters crumble. Having experienced it countless times over the years, the best cure is having utmost confidence in your equipment, especially your firearm.More

Bighorn sheep project needs patience but moves in right direction
Arizona Daily Star
It has now been more than a month since any reintroduced desert bighorn sheep have died in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. Three mountain lions have been removed as a result of the Catalina Bighorn Restoration project, and this is unfortunate, but biologists say it will not affect the overall health of the area's lion population. And wildlife managers have spotted five lambs, all of which appear to be healthy and growing.More

$60,000 in NSSF education scholarships open to employees of voting member companies
NSSF
Employees of companies that support the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the highest level are eligible to apply for education aid through the NSSF Voting Member Scholarship Program. NSSF has again made a total of $60,000 in scholarship funding available for a maximum of 25 winning entries. NSSF is accepting applications in the Voting Member Scholarship Program through 5 p.m. EST, June 2.More

Game and Fish needs hunter education instructors
Casper Star-Tribune
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is in need of volunteer instructors to teach hunter education throughout Wyoming. The need for hunter education classes and instructors is magnified this time of year with spring and summer classes filling quickly, according to Jim Dawson, Hunter Education coordinator.More

Largest hunter-taken grizzly enters Boone and Crockett records
Boone and Crockett via WSF
The largest grizzly bear ever taken by a hunter has been entered into Boone and Crockett records. The big bruin, taken in 2013 near Fairbanks, Alaska, scores 27-6/16. It missed the World's Record mark by 7/16 of an inch but landed a spot as the second-largest grizzly ever recorded.More

Sierra Club opposes further bighorn releases in Catalina Mountains
Arizona Daily Star
An Arizona chapter of the influential Sierra Club — founded in 1892 by legendary conservationist John Muir and now the nation's largest environmental group — has come out in opposition to a controversial bighorn sheep reintroduction near Tucson.More

Game and Fish needs hunter education instructors
Casper Star-Tribune
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is in need of volunteer instructors to teach hunter education throughout Wyoming. The need for hunter education classes and instructors is magnified this time of year with spring and summer classes filling quickly, according to Jim Dawson, Hunter Education coordinator. Each spring sees volunteers offering the greatest number of classes, followed by the big rush of last minute interest for classes in August and September.More

Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Mountain Minutes, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WSF, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More