WSF Mountain Minutes
May. 19, 2015

Montana: Comment period extended to remove Tendoy Mountain bighorn sheep
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is giving you more time to comment on a proposal to remove bighorn sheep from the Tendoy Mountains. FWP is looking to completely remove the chronically diseased herd and restock with healthy animals. If approved, FWP would use public hunting to remove the estimated 30 to 40 wild sheep.More

Mount Moran avalanche kills 1 skier, injures others
Jackson Hole News & Guide
One man died and two were injured in a recent morning avalanche that swept the steep and challenging Sickle Couloir on Mount Moran. The man killed in the slide was identified as Luke Lynch, 38, a Jackson resident and the Wyoming director of the Conservation Fund. Lynch was married.More

Sage grouse bill could further protect hunting
The sage grouse bill, which the House Armed Service Committee passed on April 29, will be voted on by the entire House of Representatives. This bill will protect state management of wildlife in 11 western states over the next decade. If the bill does not pass, hunting could be severely impacted as sage grouse share habitat with elk and mule deer.More

Wood bison transition to wild population
Outdoor News Daily
Thirty-nine days after leaving their captive home at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage of Anchorage, Alaska, project leaders say wood bison are becoming wild animals and are on course to form a strong, successful herd. The animals were released into the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area on April 3 to restore the species to historic range in Alaska. Biologists are monitoring the movements and numbers of bison throughout this summer.More

CALM celebrates the birth of 3 desert bighorn lambs
Three endangered desert bighorn lambs were born at the California Living Museum, the zoo recently announced. All three births occurred within 48 hours of each other between April 29 and May 1. All ewes and lambs are doing well.More

A successful bear hunt in Washington
By John McAdams
I just got back from an awesome spring bear hunt on the Quinault Indian Reservation of western Washington. Fortunately, everything came together, and I had a successful hunt. Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in western Washington near the town of Pacific Beach, the Quinault Indian Reservation consists of more than 200,000 acres of heavily forested land. The bear habitat there is outstanding, and the hunting pressure on the bears has traditionally been light.More

Drawings completed for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat wild bison licenses
County 10
Wyoming's annual drawing for big game licenses might not make you rich like some lottery winners, but the 954 successful applicants in the recently completed moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison drawings are likely thinking they hit their own jackpot.More

Outfitters can make or break your hunt
The last five days had been a nightmare. As each day passed and the clock continued to count down, we wondered if we would fill our tag or go home empty-handed. Because of the type of tags we wanted, we were required to buy them from an outfitter and we had to hunt with that outfitter. While the bucks that we saw were nice, they were not the type of bucks we expected to see or had been shown from scouting pictures. More

Does tape over your rifle's muzzle affect accuracy?
Outdoor Life
If you hunt in rainy places, you probably know about electrical tape, the basis of vigorous debate in almost any camp. The tape, stuck over the muzzle, is used to keep precipitation and debris out of the rifle's bore. But many hunters argue that the protective layer throws off your bullet's impact point. Others say the flimsy barrier won't deflect the bullet. Which is it?More

Girl gored by bison in Yellowstone Park
According to officials at Yellowstone National Park, a bison gored a 16-year-old girl at the park recently. Witnesses say the girl was standing between 3 and 6 feet in front of the bison at Upper Geyser basin and posed to take a picture when the bison attacked.More