WSF Mountain Minutes
Jun. 10, 2014

Wyoming G&F Super Tag raffle: Chance at hunting trophy game species
County 10
This year, the Wyoming Game & Fish is raffling off 10 Super Tags and one Super Tag Trifecta to provide more hunting opportunities for some of the state's big game. In the Super Tag raffle, 10 winners will receive the opportunity to buy a hunting license for one of Wyoming's premier big and trophy game species.More

South Dakota GF&P proceeds on plan to reduce deer harvests
Black Hills Pioneer
South Dakota's state Game, Fish and Parks Commission took steps to sharply reduce the deer harvest this fall. The commissioners followed recommendations from biologists for the state Wildlife Division. The largest changes eliminate thousands of tags, mostly for antlerless deer. The goal is rebuild deer populations in many areas, especially the tiers of counties along South Dakota's eastern and western borders.More

Oregon: License fees must rise as hunting, fishing is down
Statesman Journal
With hunting and fishing participation at its lowest levels in Oregon in 30 years and operating costs on the rise, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is facing a projected $32 million gap as it works to create a budget for the 2015-17 biennium.More

Bighorn sheep killed after mingling with domestic sheep
Great Falls Tribune
Montana state game wardens killed three wild bighorn sheep that mingled with domestic sheep near Missoula to prevent them from spreading disease to other wild bighorns. Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Vivaca Crowser says the city of Missoula contracts with a shepherd to graze sheep on land around the valley to control leafy spurge.More

University's wild sheep study gets $1.2 million grant
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
When biologists began a transplant project in the Madison Range of Montana last winter, they didn't know it would turn into part of a comprehensive study that could help preserve wild sheep throughout the West. Next winter, four Montana State University researchers and dozens of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists and volunteers will begin a six-year study of bighorn sheep in an effort to determine why some herds grow and remain healthy while others fail to thrive.More

Mountain goat studies continuing at Glacier National Park
National Parks Traveler
Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year. Style aside, the first year of research already is producing results, as wildlife biologists say the park has two types of goats — those that are "habituated" and those that are "wild" goats. More

Summer hunting means it's time to target crows, raccoons
Nisqually Valley News
With the spring turkey hunting season now three days in the bag and rapidly disappearing in the mud spackled rearview mirror of life, hunters may be due for an acute bout of idle hands syndrome since the summer months do not offer much opportunity for tactical tactile tromps through the woods, quarry in tow.More

Yakima River Canyon's bighorn sheep fighting for survival
Yakima Herald via Union-Bulletin
Against the Yakima River Canyon’s backdrop of rock promontories and steep scree slopes, two coyotes chased a bighorn lamb in a pursuit that was both high drama and inevitably brief.More

Outdoor Life reviews and ranks the best new scopes, spotters and binoculars
Outdoor Life
This is the year of the riflescope. Optics companies have figured out that there's just not much they can do to improve a 10x42 binocular.More